The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, this highly anticipated awards show will honor the year’s best in every category associated with filmmaking. Here, we’re sharing our predictions for which nominees will take home the film industry’s most prestigious honor.
This year, there’s a tough race among nominees Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) ans ChristianBale (American Hustle). Ejiofor has already taken home the BAFTA Award forhis hear-wrenching portrayal of Solomon Northrup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. However, the closest rival in this category, in our opinion, is McConaughey, who became nearly unrecognizable as he passionately portrayed the struggles of cowboy-turned-AIDS-activist Ron Woodroof. We’re predicting that this low-budget project that McConaughey fell in love with will earn him his first Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor
First-time Oscar nominee Jared Leto has already taken home a SAG Award for his role as Rayon (opposite Matthew McConaughey) in Dallas Buyer’s Club, and we predict the first time will be a charm for Leto. He’s up against Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and first time film actor Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips). Abdi took home the BAFTA Award earlier this year, but it’s important to note that neither Leto nor Hill received BAFTA nominations.
Each of the Best Actress nominees are accomplished actresses–Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Dame Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett. While Sandra Bullock has already received a Critics’ Choice, People’s Choice and Hollywood Film Award for “Gravity”, but critics and audiences alike have been takenwith the film “Blue Jasmine” and with Blanchett’s riveting portrayal of a wealthy Manhattan socialite’s fall from grace. Blanchett has taken home the SAG Award, the Critic’s Choice, the BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award, and we anticipate her leaving the Oscar ceremony with top honors in this category.
Best Supporting Actress
There’s no question that Jennifer Lawrence has quickly earned her place as America’s “it” girl, offering audiences captivating performances of vastly different characters. She has been nominated for her role as Rosalyn in “American Hustle” and has already taken home the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards in this category. However, we are going to call this the year of Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan-American actress whose riveting performance as Patsey–a young slave girl repeatedly raped and abused by her slave owner and his wife–has taken audiences by storm. She has already won two SAG Awards for this performance. These two frontrunners are up against Julia Roberts ( August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), but we predict Nyong’o accepting this award, and in stellar fashion–literally.
Critically-acclaimed documentary “The Act of Killing” has literally run away with honors in this category, premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and being acquired and distributed nationally by The Weinstein Company. “20 Feet From Stardom” features a subject matter nearky everyone relates to–popular music–and has therefore received far more buzz in the media than its closst contender “The Act of Killing.” We expect Morgan Neville, veteran documentary filmmaker, to sing all the way home…golden statuette in tow.