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Oscars Predictions 2014 (86th Academy Awards)

oscar-statueI’ve tried to see all of the movies before, but like previous years, I just couldn’t get to it.  So here we are:  the 86th Academy Awards, and I’m making my picks from more of “I understand the people who actually get to vote” sort of view as well as based on what I’ve seen.  And, rather than go through the entire list, I shall now most humbly present to you my picks for Best Picture and Best Directing for the 2014 Oscars.

Here are the Best Picture nominees.
American Hustle
Captain Phillips  (saw it)
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity  (saw it)
Her
Nebraska  (saw it)
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

As you can see, I’m working from a slight disadvantage.  Still, I maintain that as good as everyone says Dallas Buyers Club is, it’s just not the sort of movie that wins best picture; in part from what I perceive as an artful style and secondly because I think a lot of people are homophobes.  Although extraordinarily popular, we all need to face facts and realize that Gravity is a by the numbers adventure and although visceral, it’s more about making something from so little rather than the idea that it’s an amazing piece of art, because it’s not.  You can rule out Captain Phillips because there is no directing nomination or acting nomination for Tom Hanks (Hanks, by the way, is in almost every frame of the movie – if he’s not worthy of  a nomination, how’d the movie get nominated in the first place?  It’s not Cast Away, but it’s close!) On the other hand, 12 Years a Slave is the exact kind of movie that wins Oscars:  true story, intense drama, happy ending, lots of acting and a directing nomination – they’ve got it all.  Write it down in ink:  12 Years a Slave will win.

Here are the Best Directing nominees.
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

My theory is simply that Gravity is super popular and is a great directing achievement, and they want to acknowledge it in a high-profile way, so it will win Best Directing – it’s that simple.

Well, there you have it.  I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d put money down on those two films to take home those respective honors.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com

Posted on February 28, 2014, in movie reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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