Cinelinx 2014 Oscar Predictions

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Predicting Oscars is not easy. There are no formulas or tricks to help us, and our own opinions about which films are most worthy are based on, let’s face it, a limited personal experience.

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Some people claim that the winners are determined by their popularity; those nominees that are trending at the time the winners are selected are going to fare the best. Others claim that it is about previous work and effort. Those that have done the time and paid their dues will eventually be rewarded. Another perspective is that the Oscar winners are chosen in a way to help guide the future of film. Those with talent and potential are rewarded as an effort to bolster their careers and steer the industry in a particular direction.  

No matter if you subscribe to one of these theories or not, predicting Oscars can be downright frustrating. Every year we seem to be thrown a curveball that wasn’t expected or we roll our eyes when the obvious choice is made over other deserving nominees. This year we decided to make it a bit more interesting. Rather than just pooling our opinions together and picking an expected winner in each category, we’ve decided to each make our own picks and then compare the results.

Which nominees do you think should win? Feel free to add your picks to the comments below. Do you agree or disagree with any of the selections our contributors made? Do you think you have what it takes to be the “Oscar King/Queen” of 2014?

For a complete list of the nominees, please click here. 


 

Dustin

Best picture – “Gravity”

Best actor – Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best actress – Sandra Bullock — “Gravity” 

Best supporting actor – Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips” 

Best supporting actress  – Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle” 

Best original screenplay  – “American Hustle” — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer 

Best adapted screenplay  – “The Wolf of Wall Street” — Terence Winter 

Best animated feature  – Frozen  (I wish it was Despicable Me 2, but it will clearly be Frozen….)

Best foreign feature  – “The Great Beauty” (Italy) 

Best music (original song)  – “Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez 

Best music (original score)  – “Gravity” — Steven Price 

Best cinematography  – “Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki 

Best costume design  – “American Hustle” — Michael Wilkinson 

Best director – Alfonso Cauron – “Gravity”

Best documentary feature – “The Act of Killing” – Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

Best film editing – “Gravity” — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger 

Best makeup and hairstyling  – “The Lone Ranger” — Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny 

Best production design  – “Gravity” — Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard 

Best visual effects  – “Iron Man 3” 

Best sound mixing – “Lone Survivor” 

Best sound editing – “Lone Survivor” (It seriously pulls you in and BAM) 

Best short film, live action  – “Helium” 

Best short film, animated  – “Get a Horse!” 

Best documentary short  – “Facing Fear” 


 

Matt 

Best Picture – 12 years a slave

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey

Best actress – Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine” 

Best supporting actor – Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Best supporting actress – Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle” 

Best original screenplay  – “Her” — Spike Jonze 

Best adapted screenplay  – “12 Years a Slave” — John Ridley 

Best animated feature – “Frozen” 

Best foreign feature – “Omar” (Palestinian territories) 

Best music (original song) – “Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson 

Best music (original score) – “Gravity” — Steven Price 

Best cinematography  – “Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki 

Best costume design – “12 Years a Slave” — Patricia Norris 

Best Director – Steve McQueen “12 Years a Slave”

Best documentary feature – “Cutie and the Boxer” 

Best film editing  – “12 Years a Slave”– Joe Walker 

Best makeup and hairstyling – “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — Stephen Prouty 

Best production design – “American Hustle” — Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler 

Best visual effects  – “Gravity” 

Best sound mixing – “Inside Llewyn Davis” 

Best sound editing – “Gravity” 

Best short film, live action – “The Voorman Problem”

Best short film, animated – “Get a Horse!” 

 

Best documentary short – “Karama Has No Walls” 


Garrett

 

 

Best Picture – “12 Years A Slave”

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best actress – Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine” 

Best supporting actor – Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club” 
Best supporting actress – Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle” 
Best original screenplay  – “Her” — Spike Jonze 
Best adapted screenplay  – “12 Years a Slave” — John Ridley 

Best animated feature  – “Frozen” 
Best foreign feature  – “The Great Beauty” (Italy) 
Best music (original song)  – “Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez 

Best music (original score)  -“Gravity” — Steven Price 
Best cinematography  – “Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki 

Best costume design – “American Hustle” — Michael Wilkinson 

Best director – David O. Russell – “American Hustle”
Best documentary feature -“The Act of Killing” 
Best film editing – “Gravity” — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger 

Best makeup and hairstyling  – “Dallas Buyers Club” — Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best production design  – “The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn 

Best visual effects – “Gravity” 

Best sound mixing – “Gravity” 

Best sound editing – “Gravity” 

Best short film, live action  – “Helium” 

Best short film, animated – “Get a Horse!” 

Best documentary short – “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” 


Jason

Best Picture – 12 years a slave

Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress –  Amy Adams

Best Supporting Actor – Jonah Hill

Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence

Best Animated – Film Frozen

Cinematography –  The Grandmaster

Costume Design – The Great Gatsby

Directing – Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Documentary Feature –  The Act of Killing

Documentary- Short Subject Facing Fear

Film Editing – 12 Years a Slave

Foreign Language Film – The Hunt

Makeup and Hairstyling –  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Music Original Score –  Her

Music Original Song – “Happy” – Despicable Me 2

Production Design –  Her

Short Film Animated – Possessions

Short Film Live Action  – Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Sound Editing – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sound Mixing – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Visual Effects – Star Trek Into Darkness

Writing Adapted Screenplay –

Writing Original Screenplay – Dallas Buyers Club


 

 

Now it’s your turn. What nominees do you think will win?