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My Big Bold 2014 Academy Award Winner Predictions

March 1, 2014

12 chewitAs usual, I have to apologize for the lack of posts. Gratefully I have been busy working, auditioning and prepping several new projects. I’m in pre-production on the feature Like You Mean It (as a Producer) and the short Jack (as a Producer/Star) and I will be shooting an episode of one of my favorite dramatic TV shows next week. So, that’s all great. However, I know you would rather know what I think is gonna happen at Sunday’s big Oscar ceremony hosted by the hilarious Ellen Degeneres.

Well, this year has been an incredibly competitive one with lots of split winners in the Best Picture race at the precursor awards. In fact Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and even the lackluster and overrated American Hustle could win the big race. Luckily that means we could have a lot of surprises come Sunday night. As such, there are several big races that are too close too call (Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Score, Editing, Documentary, Supporting Actress and even Best Actor could surprise). So, just who will and should win the Academy Awards this year after an incredibly great year for film? Check out my Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions below.

My Big Bold 2014 Oscar Winner Predictions~

Best Picture:
12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Gravity
* Seriously, either of those two could win. Thankfully, I just don’t think American Hustle can upset them.

Best Actor:
Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)Jared-Leto-Matthew-McConaughey-Dallas-Buyers-Club
Will & Should win: Matthew McConaughey
Spoiler: Leonardo DiCaprio

*McConaughey  has had the edge all season but Ejifor just won the BAFTA and DiCaprio is overdue and has had a big spending campaign. This one might actually go down to the wire…

Best Actress:
Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)

Will & Should win: Cate Blanchett

Spoiler: Amy Adams (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actor:
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)

Will & Should win: Jared Leto

Spoiler: Michael Fassbender (but yeah, that’s not gonna happen)

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita N’yongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Will & Should win: Lupita N’yongo
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawernce
* This race is crazy close. Most pundits are now predicting Lawrence, but I think it is way too soon for her to win two lupitaOscars, let alone back to back. So, hopefully people will vote for the actual Best performance in SAG and Critics Choice Award winner N’yongo

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O’Russell (American Hustle), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Will & Should win: Alfonso Cuaron
Spoiler: Steve McQueen

Best Adapted Screenplay:
12 Years a Slave, Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Original Screenplay:
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska
Will win: Her
Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: American Hustle
* This one is also a toss-up between Her and Hustle, but I think the sheer originality of Her will win the day.

Best Score:
The Book Thief, Gravity, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks
Will & Should win: Philomena
Spoiler: Gravity
* I’m going out on a limb here and think the actual best score, Philomena, will eek out a win. However, smarter money might be on Gravity.

Best Song:
“Let It Go” (Frozen), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “The Moon Song” (Her), “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
Will & Should win: “Let It Go”
Spoiler: “Happy”
* This race has become incredibly close of late. “Ordinary Love” is by powerhouse U2, won the Golden Globe and has a frozen-let-it-go-full-scene-watch-nowhuge campaign behind it. “Happy” is the # 1 song in the country by Grammy Golden boy Pharrell Williams. However, you just can’t deny the phenomena that is Frozen and it’s amazing anthem sung by Tony winner Idina Menel.

Best Cinematography:
Gravity, The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Prisoners

Best Editing:
American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips
* Captain Phillips has come on very strong of late in this race and I wouldnt be surprised if it pulled this one out.

Best Production Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Her
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: Gravity

Best Costume Design:
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, The Great Gatsby, The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman
Will & Should win: The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: American Hustle
* with 10 nominations, Hustle has its other great chance of winning in this category. However, I think Gatsby will still have the edge.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger
Will & Should win: Dallas Buyers Club
Spoiler: Bad Grandpa

Best Sound Editing:
All is Lost, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Lone Survivor, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillips

Best Sound Mixing:
Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor
Will & Should win: Gravity
Spoiler: Captain Phillipssandra-bullocks-new-movie-gravity-is-an-extreme-4-d-thrill-ride-1

Best Visual Effects:
Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness
Will & Should win: Gravity
No spoiler

Best Animated Film:
The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises
Will & Should win: Frozen
Spoiler: The Wind Rises

Best Documentary:
20 Feet From Stardom, The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Square
Will & Should win: 20 Feet From Stardom
Spoiler: The Act of Killing
* Killing is the critical favorite, but audiences and yours truly loooooved Stardom. So, this is another tight race.

Best Foreign Film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Missing Picture, Omar
Will win: The Great Beauty
Should win: the Hunt or Broken Circle Breakdown
Spoiler: Broken Circle Breakdown
* any of those 3 I mentioned could win. Don’t bet on my choice for this one people.

And as for the shorts, that’s all up to you. I cant tell you everything. lol

So, there you go~ My Big Bold Oscar Winner Predictions. Use ’em or lose ’em, but enjoy the show on Sunday night!
J

My Crazy Early November 2014 Oscar Predictions

November 29, 2013

rs_560x415-130510133213-1024.MerylJulia.mh.051013Ok, as you know, I’ve been very bad at keeping up with my blogging. I’m thrilled to be doing so much film and television work and pursuing lots of projects like my films Dirty Talk and Jack. However, I cant help but return to you for some Awards season talk. I’m seriously obsessed with this time of year and this year we have an outstanding crop of films vying for that little golden guy Oscar. While the Golden Globes and SAG Award nominations, etc will likely clear up the race in the next few weeks, let’s take a look at my crystal ball and see who I think is in the lead. (Oh and a FYI~ my favorite Oscar contenders thus far are 12 Years a Slave, August Osage Country, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Blue Jasmine and Fruitvale Station)… So, without further ado, let’s see my crazy early totally big and bold 2014 Oscar nomination predictions.

My Big Bold November 2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions~

Best Picture:
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
August Osage Country
Captain Phillips
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Fruitvale Station
Gravitygravity-movie-review-sandra-bullock-suit-2
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street
~ Spoilers: Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine, Nebraska, Philomena

Best Actor:
Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All is Lost)
~ Spoilers: Forrest Whitaker (The Butler), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)
* This category is insanely full of contenders. I could list another 8 that could factor in quite easily

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
~ Spoilers: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Adele Exarchopolous (Blue is the Warmest Color), Kate Winslet (Labor Day), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Enough Said)

Best Supporting Actor:
Chris Cooper (August Osage County), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), James Gandolfini (Enough Said), Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)dallas-buyers-club-la-8-27-13
~ Spoilers: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Dainel Bruhl (Rush), David Oywelo (The Butler), Matthew McConaughey (Mud)

* This category seems to be the most wide open, and also has an insane amount of contenders

Best Supporting Actress:
Margo Martindale (August Osage County), Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)
~ spoilers: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), June Squibb (Nebraska), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O’ Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorcesse (The Wolf of Wall Street)
~ Spoilers: Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Spike Jones (Her), Joel & Ehtan Cohen (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Original Screenplay:
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Enough Said, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis
~ spoilers: Her, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska

Adapted Screenplay:
12 Years a Slave, August Osage County, Before Midnight, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall StreetFilm Review 12 Years a Slave
~ spoilers: Captain Phillips, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

So, there ya have it. My first stab at this year’s incredibly competitive Oscar race. Things could change in a heartbeat and with the first critics prizes coming next week, we may have a whole new race… In the meantime, take a look and let me know who you think will be getting the golden boy this year in the comments.

Jason