This Sunday, March 2, 2014 is the 86th annual Academy Awards and will be hosted by actress/comedian/talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. Most of the fun in watching the prestigious award show is guessing who will take home the highest award in film that night. Therefore, I compiled a list of the biggest awards to be presented, which are best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best actor, best actress, best director and of course best picture. I predicted who will win, and who I think should win. These are all predictions and my opinion, so please share who you think will win or should win. This year was a lot more complicated than last year (I predicted every award in those categories that won last year), I feel as though the category for Best Actor might just be the most anticipated award, mainly because everyone nominated other than Christian Bale has never won an Oscar, and Matthew McConaughey who is considered the front runner earned his first nod for this role. Also, it truly is anyone's game, being that there are many predictions that this could be Leonardo DiCaprio's year (he has been nominated four times and never won) and this could potentially be a big win for Chiwetel Ejiofor as well. This year has such incredible talent and fantastic films to be celebrated, so make sure to tune in on Sunday on ABC to see who will be this year's Oscar winners!
Nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The nominees in this category are Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).
Who Should Win: Hands down, Jared Leto deserves this Oscar. He was completely committed to the transgender role of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Although the other nominees were great, especially Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave, no one comes close to the tragic and complex character that Leto brought to life on the big screen.
Who Will Win: Jared Leto. The only person I could possibly see winning this category other than Leto which is highly unlikely would be Michael Fassbender. But, Leto physically, mentally and emotionally transformed himself into this heartbreaking character that audiences everywhere will adore.
Nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role are Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) and Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave).
Who should win: Lupita Nyongo. The depth and intensity that Nyongo brought to Patsey in 12 Years a Slave was truly remarkable. She had an array of different emotions and levels with Patsey, then any other actress nominated brought to their characters. She is an actress that everyone should look out for, she will be around for the long run after her brilliant performance whether she takes home the statue or not.
Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence. Don't get me wrong, I love JLaw just as much as the next person, but if I had to compare her performance to Nyongo's it doesn't even compare. Lawrence will win because she is the front-runner, the Academy adores her and Nyongo hasn't gotten much recognition for her recent role. I hope I'm wrong, but tuning in on Sunday will be the only way to find out!
Nominee for Best Actress
The nominees for Best Actress are Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Meryl Streep (August Osage County), and Judi Dench (Philomena).
Who Should Win: Meryl Streep. This is a tough category, as all the women were spectacular this year. After watching all the films, I still feel that Streep deserves the Oscar. Her portrayal of Violet Weston was mind blowing. Her emotions, her reactions were raw and realistic and in my opinion, no one could top. She portrays this dysfunctional mother who is constantly tormenting everyone in sight, popping pills left and right and then in a single moment, makes the audience sympathetic to her pathetic life.
Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett. This could be anyone's game here, as I said before, this is a tough category and Amy Adams could be the upset, but I feel the Academy will go with Blanchett. She has several Oscar nods, and won the Golden Globe for this performance, which means chances are she will have 2 Oscars after Sunday.
Nominee for Best Actor
The nominees for Best Actor are Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Christian Bale in (American Hustle).
Who Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio. This man can seriously play anything, and then get absolutely no recognition for it. His role in The Wolf of Wall Street is something to be recognized. The character of Jordan Belfort is extreme, lavish and nothing DiCaprio has ever portrayed. It is his time, and he deserves to finally win after being nominated four times.
Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey. Although his performance was good, in my opinion Ejiofor and DiCaprio were better. McConaughey who also portrays a real person (Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup who was a real slave in the 1800s and DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort) Ron Woodroof who lives an unhealthy life of drugs and gambling until he discovers he is dying from AIDS. After being diagnosed he fights to sell non FDA approved drugs to people in his situation in hopes to help cure the disease. McConaughey stood out in this performance as opposed to his other roles mainly because he committed himself to lose forty pounds off his already thin frame, which the Academy loves. The Academy likes to honor people that transform themselves physically not just emotionally, which I think will be a big reason why he may take home the Oscar on Sunday. There is a possibility that Ejiofor could be the upset, since his role was completely complex and at times so real, it was hard to watch. Anything can happen at a live show!
Nominee for Best Director
The nominees for Best Director are David O. Russell (American Hustle) Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), and Alexander Payne (Nebraska).
Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron. Although Gravity was a little difficult to watch since it was shot to make the audience feel as if they were in space the entire time, it was filmed beautifully, and it's never been done before to that caliber. It was a technical film done really well.
Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron. I do love Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street because of his particular style he brought to it, with it's unique sense of flair and outlandish moments that are unforgettable, but I think the Academy will pick Cuaron. If there was an upset, it would be Steve McQueen because of the raw and disturbing tale he created in the film 12 Years a Slave.
Nominee for Best Picture
The Nominees for Best Picture are The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena, Nebraska, Her, Captain Philips, Dallas Buyers Club, and American Hustle.
Who Should Win: 12 Years a Slave. I saw this film months ago, and walking out of the theater I claimed it would win best picture. If you have not seen this film, see it. Although it is very unsettling and extremely graphic the most horrifying aspect of this film is that it happened in real and is based off a real slave's life that wrote a book on his experience of being a free man sold into slavery.
Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave. While Gravity and American Hustle have been getting a lot of recognition, I still believe 12 Years a Slave could be a big winner on Oscar night. Those are the only two films I could see as possibly beating out Steve McQueen's period piece. But, neither Gravity nor American Hustle have as much heart and anguish as 12 Years a Slave, and at the end of the day an Oscar Best Picture has to have it all not just a great cast and director.