Those of you who’ve seen the movie will probably agree: 12 Years a Slave was scripted, cast, and produced with excellence. Will it win multiple Oscar awards in 2014? I think it will. It has been nominated in 9 categories. Here are my personal Oscar predictions, based on having seen this heart-wrenching movie and having followed the Oscars for many years.
Best PIcture: 12 Years a Slave will win Best Picture because the American people can identify with the story. This movie’s background is set during a time of American history, the pre-Civil War period, that most Americans today are uncomfortable with. Today we all enjoy freedom and equality as our right, and this right was hard earned during the Civil War and subsequent periods. The thought of a free man being made a slave goes against our collective mindset.
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor will win Best Actor for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. His acting evokes a significant emotional response in viewers. We cannot help but identify with him, as he was a free man, yet was enslaved. Couldn’t that still happen to individuals, and to we ourselves, today? Today there are sex slaves and kidnappings by pirates off the coast of South Africa. The nature of slavery has changed, but it has not been abolished.
Best Director: Steve McQueen will win Best Director for 12 Years a Slave. He was able to pull together a serious movie of great complexity on a delicate topic with the ultimate in sensitivity. His mastery is evident in every scene.
Many times in Oscars of the past, Best Picture winners also won in the Best Director or Best Actor category. When a movie is great, the distinction between awards becomes blurred. 12 Years a Slave is one of those great movies and will definitely be a multiple award winner. It should be noted that my predictions are not based on the fact that 12 Years a Slave just won Best PIcture and Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor at the 2014 British Oscars. However, the fact that these picks were made by the Brits reinforces my belief that 12 Years a Slave will be the hands down award winner at this year’s Oscars, and rightfully so.