ByMs. Silver Screen, writer at Creators.co
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Ms. Silver Screen

Time for some blind Oscar predictions! I’m not totally in the dark, but I have only seen ONE of the films recognized by the Academy for 2013. Usually I've seen at least all of the Best Picture nominees. So if you're clueless like I am, your guess is probably as good as mine. I’ve already sewn a scarlet F — for FAIL — on my dress. Why don’t we move right along to my utterly uneducated guesses, hm?

BEST Motion PICTURE of the year

American Hustle
Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

– My inner 15-year-old boy wants me to point out that one of the producers of American Hustle is named Richard Suckle.

Captain Phillips
Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

Dallas Buyers Club
Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

Okay, so maybe this is the only one of these nominees that I’ve seen. And maybe that’s why I’m picking it. Maybe the sun is going to explode tomorrow. Who knows? All I’m saying is that watching this movie was like being a passenger on a two-hour car ride with a person who has a lead foot. You’re stomping the floor where there is no brake pedal, gripping the door and the armrest with white knuckles, waiting for the crash. That’s some next level shit. I also think that maybe George Clooney was just at the studio the day they began filming and they were like, “Hey, you wanna be in this movie?” and he was like, “Yeah. Can I be George Clooney?” Sandra Bullock nailed it though. Nailed. It.

Her
Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

Nebraska
Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

Philomena
Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

12 Years A Slave
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

The Wolf Of Wall Street
Nominees to be determined

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale
AMERICAN HUSTLE

Bruce Dern
NEBRASKA

Leonardo DiCaprio
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

After last year, I really think the Academy owes Leo a super solid. His performance in DJANGO was unparalleled. I like to imagine the Academy all shitfaced one night at a bar in Beverly Hills shouting, “Where’s Arnie?” while they filled out their ballots. But really, it’s not about it being his turn. Leo has really stepped out of his comfort zone. He’s making excellent career moves and giving Oscar-worthy performances. Plus, his mom is gonna be PISSED if he gets passed up this time.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
12 YEARS A SLAVE

Matthew McConaughey
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

Bradley Cooper
AMERICAN HUSTLE

Michael Fassbender
12 YEARS A SLAVE

Jonah Hill
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Jared Leto
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Jared Leto’s mom is hot. That said, he’s kinda been sweeping this awards season. Let’s face it, drag works for him. He looks kinda like his mom in the movie. And it all comes full circle.

PERFORMANCE BY an Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams
AMERICAN HUSTLE

Cate Blanchett
BLUE JASMINE

Sandra Bullock
GRAVITY

As I said earlier, Sandra Bullock nailed this role. She totally made me never want to go to space. The scene with the dog over the radio made me fall madly in love with her. She’s kinda been owning the whole movie thing since the dawn of time and somehow looks better now than ever before. She’s the kind of woman I’d like to work with and then sit down and drink a couple pitchers of beer. And then run off into the night with her Oscar.

Judi Dench
PHILOMENA

Meryl Streep
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

PERFORMANCE BY an Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins
BLUE JASMINE

Jennifer Lawrence
AMERICAN HUSTLE

Lupita Nyong’o
12 YEARS A SLAVE

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jennifer Lawrence as much as everyone else in the world. I’m a little annoyed by how likable she is, actually. And while I’m sure she’ll win the night in terms of looking adorable, being charming, getting hit on by Jack Nicholson, and saying something candid and hilarious, I’m pretty sure Lupita Nyong’o is going to go home with the little golden man.

Julia Roberts
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

June Squibb
NEBRASKA

BEST Animated Feature Film OF THE YEAR

THE CROODS
Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson

All of my co-workers have seen this movie. They all cried and called their fathers afterward. So there you have it.

DESPICABLE ME 2
Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri

ERNEST & CELESTINE
Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner

FROZEN
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

THE WIND RISES
Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

THE GRANDMASTER
Philippe Le Sourd

GRAVITY
Emmanuel Lubezki

I’ve never been to space, per say, but let’s just say I felt like I was there.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Bruno Delbonnel Nebraska Phedon Papamichael

PRISONERS
Roger A. Deakins

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

AMERICAN HUSTLE
Michael Wilkinson

Everyone looked so groovy and stylish in the previews.

THE GRANDMASTER
William Chang Suk Ping

THE GREAT GATSBY
Catherine Martin

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Michael O’Connor

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Patricia Norris

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

AMERICAN HUSTLE
David O. Russell

GRAVITY
Alfonso Cuarón

I swear I’m not picking this over and over again because it’s the only one I’ve seen.

NEBRASKA
Alexander Payne

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Steve McQueen

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Martin Scorsese

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

THE ACT OF KILLING
Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

Yeah, I have no clue. Not even an inkling. It sounds like a winner though.

CUTIE AND THE BOXER
Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher

DIRTY WARS
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill

THE SQUARE
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer

20 FEET FROM STARDOM
Nominees to be determined

BEST Documentary Short Subject

CAVEDIGGER
Jeffrey Karoff

Again, I haven’t the foggiest.

FACING FEAR
Jason Cohen

KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
Sara Ishaq

THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE
Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL
Edgar Barens

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

AMERICAN HUSTLE
Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Christopher Rouse

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

GRAVITY
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

What? WHAT?!

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Joe Walker

BEST Foreign Language Film OF THE YEAR

BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
Belgium

THE GREAT BEAUTY
Italy

THE HUNT
Denmark

A guy I know saw this and loved it.

THE MISSING PICTURE
Cambodia

OMAR
Palestine

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP and hairstyling

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Lee and Robin Mathews

My mom will be really upset that I didn’t pick The Lone Ranger, but Johnny Depp kinda looks like that all the time.

JACKASS PRESENTS : BAD GRANDPA
Stephen Prouty

THE LONE RANGER
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

ACHIEVEMENT IN Music WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (Original Score)

THE BOOK THIEF
John Williams

GRAVITY
Steven Price

I’ve been in a long-term relationship with scores for like 20 years. Movies just wouldn’t be the same without them. There are three others in this category that I am intimately familiar with. Steven Price is not someone whose work I don’t know well. I feel like he did strong work for Gravity.

HER
William Butler and Owen Pallett

PHILOMENA
Alexandre Desplat

SAVING MR. BANKS
Thomas Newman

ACHIEVEMENT IN Music WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (Original Song)

Alone Yet Not Alone
ALONE YET NOT ALONE
Music by Bruce Broughton Lyric by Dennis Spiegel

Happy
DESPICABLE ME 2
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

Let It Go
FROZEN
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

The Moon Song
HER
Music by Karen O Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

This is the only song out of these that I’ve heard and I like it a lot. Bam.

Ordinary Love
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Lyric by Paul Hewson

ACHIEVEMENT IN Production Design

AMERICAN HUSTLE
Production Design: Judy Becker
Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

I didn’t pick Gravity!

GRAVITY
Production Design: Andy Nicholson
Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

THE GREAT GATSBY
Production Design: Catherine Martin
Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

HER
Production Design: K.K. Barrett
Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
Set Decoration: Alice Baker

BEST ANIMATED Short Film

FERAL
Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden

I never seen any of these. This one sounds interesting.

GET A HORSE!
Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim

MR. HUBLOT
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

POSSESSIONS
Shuhei Morita

ROOM ON THE BROOM
Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

BEST Live Action Short Film

AQUEL NO ERA YO (THAT WASN’T ME)
Esteban Crespo

AVANT QUE DE TOUT PERDRE (JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING)
Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras

HELIUM Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

PITÄÄKÖ MUN KAIKKI HOITAA? (DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?)
Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari adoi

No idea, but I can totally relate.

THE VOORMAN PROBLEM
Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

ALL IS LOST
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Oliver Tarney

GRAVITY
Glenn Freemantle

– Probably.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Brent Burge

LONE SURVIVOR
Wylie Stateman

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro

GRAVITY
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Maybe they should call it The Gravity Awards this year.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

LONE SURVIVOR
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

GRAVITY
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds

IRON MAN 3
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick

THE LONE RANGER
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

I own this and I still haven’t seen it. Gravity will probably win this too, but I feel this is becoming redundant.

Adapted Screenplay

BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Screenplay by Billy Ray

PHILOMENA
Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Screenplay by John Ridley

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Screenplay by Terence Winter

Guys, I’m just closing my eyes and pointing.

Original Screenplay

AMERICAN HUSTLE
Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

BLUE JASMINE
Written by Woody Allen

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

HER
Written by Spike Jonze

I think this is a brilliant concept. And it’s not that far-fetched.

NEBRASKA
Written by Bob Nelson

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