2014 might not be the most golden year for the silver screen, but Hollywood’s brightest stars and best films will be content for the honor repackaging thousands of DVD’s with “Winner of the Academy Award” badges. Since every film is a gamble to produce, its only fitting that we look at a proposed betting line for grandest awards.
Long odds – Her. Spike Jonez takes a witty look at life with Siri, and anyone who has ever asked their iPhone provocative questions will be able to relate. But Joaquin Phoenix and his mustache costar take this concept a bit too far, and everyone is left with an eerie feeling that this was bit too contrived.
Even Money – American Hustle. Safe. Filled with nostalgia. Great soundtrack. Edgy but… safe.
Sucker Bet – The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese and DiCaprio definitely made their point. The director can get back to his roots in this parallel-universe sequel to Goodfellas, and the actor isn’t just a face. However, this one is too much… and by much, its too much of everything. Too many drugs, too much language, too much sex, too much Scorsese. Great film, but doesn’t get a trophy.
Actor in a Leading Role
Long odds – Bruce Dern and Chiwetal Ejiofor. Every Oscar season, there is the trendy vote getter that everyone looks to and says, “I didn’t see that movie, so those guys must have been stellar to get the nod!”. And then they vote for Batman. The Academy’s version of a participation ribbon goes to these two fine actors, but check what row they are in on Sunday night and you’ll understand their odds.
Even Money – Christian Bale. The only fear is the acceptance speech. And the only thing that could make it better than if its short, is that if it is done is a low, monotone, superhero voice…
Sucker Bet – Leonardo DeCaprio. A great performance, but his costar Jonah Hill will probably be the only cast member with something to snort about this night. The role was good, and DeCaprio killed it, but just like in Best Picture, he might have played it bit too well.
Actress in a Leading Role
Long odds – Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Judith Dench. Unfortunately, these fine ladies will split the vote for sentimental favorite, leaving only two options for those that want to see new blood on stage.
Even Money – Amy Adams. American Hustle should never sweep an academy awards show, and luckily the categories for directing, supporting actor, supporting actress, and everything else will ensure this won’t happen. But this year the academy has so many similar favorites to split the vote that Adams will walk away with the prize.
Sucker Bet – Sandra Bullock. Unfortunately, Jesse James can only destroy America’s sweetheart once. Bullock did pull off an entire movie by herself, but much of her acting was, by no fault of her own, concealed and monotone.
Tune in Sunday, March 2 to see who pays out. Just don’t call us to fade your action!