“12 Years a Slave” is the favorite to win Best Picture this year, winning the vast majority of the Best Pictures’ this awards season. It definitely deserves the hype, for it’s the most realistic portrayal of slavery that I’ve ever seen on screen.
“Gravity” and “American Hustle” are both serious contenders this year as well. “Gravity” was the most technically impressive looking film all year (or any year, for that matter) and “American Hustle” had one of the best ensemble casts I’ve seen in the past few years.
My personal favorite of the year was “The Wolf of Wall Street”. This insane, three-hour black comedy featured director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their absolute best. I loved every minute of it.
There were so many great films out this year. And it seems likely that the Academy will again decide with an artsy, period piece, which happens to be “12 Years a Slave”.
Who Will Win: “12 Years a Slave”
Who Could Win: “Gravity”
Long shots are both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leonardo DiCaprio. While I loved Leonardo’s performance as the “Wolf”, the Oscar deserves to go to Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave. There is such intensity behind his performance that is on a level that wasn’t touched all year. However all signs seem to point to Mattehw “Alright, Alright, Alright” McConaghuey, who has had a fantastic year overall with “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Mud”, and “Wolf of Wall Street”
Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey
Who Could (and should) Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Blanchett won almost every award she has been nominated for this year. She is almost a guarantee to win this year.
Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett
Who Could Win: Amy Adams (but seriously Cate Blanchett will win)
Other nominees this year consist of a pair of terrifying performances from Barkhad Abdi as the leader of Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips” and Michael Fassbender, who plays an extremely brutal slave master in “12 Years a Slave.” Also nominated for the second time in his career is Jonah Hill, who puts on a hilarious performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With this nomination, Hill now has more Oscar nominations than Ryan Gosling,and just as many as Will Smith. Let that sink in for a moment...
Who Will Win: Jared Leto
Who Could Win: Michael Fassbender and Barkhad Abdi tied with a 1% chance
Nyong’o brings a similar intensity to the screen that her co-star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, brings. She plays a slave that has just been broken down by sexual and physical abuse from supporting actor nominee Michael Fassbender. By the end of the movie, you feel nothing but sympathy for her.
Jennifer Lawrence on the other hand, plays a completely different person in “American Hustle.” She brings such a confidence to the screen with her character, that you can never take your eyes off her when watching the movie. She’s hilarious, gorgeous and the source of most of the fun and enjoyment you get while watching the film.
In the end it’s a complete toss up between the two, but I believe the statue will go to Lupita Nyong’o, since she’s an Oscar newcomer and Jennifer Lawrence won last year for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o
Who Should Win: Jennifer Lawrence
"Gravity” was the most incredible experience I had in a movie theater this year and the majority of that praise deserves to go to Cuaron. Never has a film really encapsulated what it would be like to be space. It shows how terrifying it really can be. The movie is filled with his signature long takes (including an uninterrupted 12 minute opening scene), which just adds to how difficult and impressive it was to make this movie.
Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron
Who Could Win: Steve McQueen (though not likely)