Brittany’s Oscar Predictions

Brittany's Oscar Predictions

The nominations for Best Picture are: American HustleCaptain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf Of Wall Street.  I really think The Wolf of Wall Street will end up being a comedic classic; Leonardo does very well and Jonah Hill adds his humor to the movie. Captain Phillips is a thrilling true story drama and Tom Hanks does his best work in this film, though I think both of these movies will be overlooked. My prediction is tied between American Hustle,Dallas Buyers Club, and 12 Years a Slave.

For Best Actor in a Leading Role, the nominees are: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). I love Christian Bale’s work in American Hustle, and he really surprised audiences with his transformation from the clean-cut Batman, as we all know him, to the balding, overweight, middle-aged slob that he plays in the movie. While Bale was packing on the pounds, Matthew McConaughey was shedding it for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. The once muscular hunk lost a quarter of his body weight! Hopefully all the hard work will pay off for one of these actors, as I predict the choice will come down to these two.

Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role is: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judy Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County). I think Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock have really good chances of winning. Amy has prepared her whole career for this and Sandra has already received an Oscar, so she is an old pro. But I think (and hope) Meryl Streep will get to take home the prize. Streep has been nominated a record eighteen times and has won three previous Oscars. But in recent years she has lost out to some younger actresses who take home the gold. Well, not this time; it is Meryl’s year. She gives a phenomenal performance in August: Osage County, and I think she will be rewarded for it.

For Actor in a Supporting Role, the nominees are: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Bradley Cooper is an amazing actor and he definitely has a chance. Jonah Hill is a funny guy, but I do not think he is humorous enough for an Oscar. I predict that Jared Leto will receive the Oscar for his outstanding performance in Dallas Buyers Club; it’s a difficult task to become a woman and pull it off (just ask Robin Williams about his Mrs. Doubtfire experience), but he does it very well from what I can see. For sure, Jared Leto will win.

The nominees for Actress in a Supporting Role are: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and June Squibb (Nebraska). Jennifer Lawrence blows me away in every role she undergoes; she is absolutely amazing. I think “JLaw” definitely has a great chance of winning. But it is not going to be easy for Lawrence, because she is up against the beloved Julia Roberts. Julia knows how to get to the audience, and when she performs it is always incredible. Julia could very well take home the Oscar in this category.

For Animated Feature Film, the nominations are: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Ernest & Celestine, and The Wind RisesErnest & Celestine and The Wind Rises are not your typical modern day animations, but maybe having a different take on visuals could bring in the Oscar. The Croods is a fantastic movie; its main approach was to bring families together and show the importance of being a family. As for Despicable Me 2, everyone loves a minion. I think Steve Carrell brings back the humor and family values of the first, and of course, those lovable little yellow friends. A lot of people are talking about Frozen because of its well-written story-line and exceptional musical performances. This type of movie is for all audiences; it is entertaining and sweet for children and has enough of a plot to captivate parents as well. I truly think Frozen will win because of all the hype. Not to mention that our own country has been strangely resembling the frozen kingdom of Arendelle lately.

So, these are my personal predictions for some of the many Oscar categories. Be sure to check out the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.