And the Oscars 2014 goes to… Or so I hope

(and what I hope to win)

12-years-a-slaveBest Motion Picture of the Year

American Hustle (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Gravity (2013)
Her (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
Philomena (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

I have seen all of the best picture nominees and I’m hoping 12 Years a Slave will win the Best Picture. The second favourite of mine was The Wolf of a Wall Street, quite surprisingly. I had a blast with it. Nebraska was my favourite of the last year films and I liked Dallas Buyers Club more than I expected. So basically if any of those wins, I’m alright with it. I just hope it won’t be American Hustle or Captain Phillips. In the end, the whole awards season has been great success.

wolf1Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale for American Hustle (2013)
Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

I do believe Matthew McConaughey will win but I’m going against the odds and betting DiCaprio. I think he finally deserves the win. And he was better than ever in The Wolf. All of the nominees were good.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams for American Hustle (2013)
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)
Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)

cateCate Blanchett. Nothing more to say.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

letoBarkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips (2013)
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle (2013)
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

It seems like I’m betting my own favourites. Well, what can you do? Leto was stunning in Dallas Buyers Club.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County (2013)
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle (2013)
June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)

jenniferAnother one that I’m betting against the odds is Jennifer Lawrence. I do hope Nyong’o wins but for some reason I have a hunch it’s gonna be J-Law. Maybe I’m wrong. I doubt anyone else will win. I haven’t seen Julia Roberts’ performance but she hasn’t got any preceding awards, so guess she won’t win.

gravityBest Achievement in Directing

Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
David O. Russell for American Hustle (2013)
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Alexander Payne for Nebraska (2013)

Cuarón. I think. I did like McQueen a lot too. Which ever.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

american-hustle-posterAmerican Hustle (2013): Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine (2013): Woody Allen
Her (2013): Spike Jonze
Nebraska (2013): Bob Nelson
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

I’m really torn in this category. I want them to give the statue to Her but is it too much? Is Jonze too much for the Academy? I was disappointed to American Hustle but maybe voters are not. And there were some witty writing or was it improvised? I’ll go with Hustle now. It could be Her or DBC too.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

12yearsBefore Midnight (2013): Richard Linklater
Captain Phillips (2013): Billy Ray
12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Terence Winter
Philomena (2013): Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

I loved Philomena’s script but it has to be 12 Years a Slave. Otherwise it would probably win only the Best Picture according to me and that’s not enough.

FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.inddBest Animated Feature Film of the Year

The Croods (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Ernest et Célestine (2012)
Frozen (2013)
Kaze tachinu (2013)

Frozen. Got to be. It was my second favourite of the ones I saw last year after Nebraska. And we are watching it right now while awaiting to the actual show to begin. And everyone loves it! And btw, Frozen just went over billion bucks at box office.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012): Felix Van Groeningen(Belgium)
L’image manquante (2013): Rithy Panh(Cambodia)
Jagten (2012): Thomas Vinterberg(Denmark)
La grande bellezza (2013): Paolo Sorrentino(Italy)
Omar (2013): Hany Abu-Assad(Palestine)


I have to admit, I haven’t watched any of these. But The Great Beauty has won most of the awards that hasn’t been won by Blue is the Warmest Color (and that is not nominated).

Gravity 1Best Achievement in Cinematography

Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska (2013): Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners (2013): Roger Deakins
Yi dai zong shi (2013): Philippe Le Sourd

I think Gravity will win because it looks amazing and The Academy tend to award one with the flashiest look. I like Inside Llewyn Davis’s cinematography the best. Just saw it today and it’s a beautiful thing to look at.

captain phillipsBest Achievement in Editing

12 Years a Slave (2013): Joe Walker
American Hustle (2013): Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
Captain Phillips (2013): Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Martin Pensa, John Mac McMurphy

The pace of Gravity was thrilling and that has to be partly thanks to editing. But Captain Phillips has been praised that much that it might win. Don’t know. I’ll go with this now.

gatsbyBest Achievement in Production Design

12 Years a Slave (2013): Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
American Hustle (2013): Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Gravity (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
Her (2013): K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena

I loved the look of Her. It looks very convincing. Like the way that could be the future. But then again The Great Gatsby has this lavish look. It is sparkling one. And the easiest to recognise.

Best Achievement in Costume Design

THE GREAT GATSBYAmerican Hustle (2013): Michael Wilkinson
The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin
12 Years a Slave (2013): Patricia Norris
Yi dai zong shi (2013): William Chang
The Invisible Woman (2013): Michael O’Connor

Again, same reason to nominate Gatsby as the winner; it’s spectacle. But like I told in my review of Hustle, I loved the costumes of it. I hope it wins this.

beautiful-jared-letoBest Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013): Steve Prouty
The Lone Ranger (2013): Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua Casny

Did you know Dallas Buyers Club had 250 dollars budget for make-up? That’s nothing. And very cool. It looked real.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

The Book Thief (2013): John Williams
Gravity (2013): Steven Price
Her (2013): William Butler, Andy Koyama
Saving Mr. Banks (2013): Thomas Newman
Philomena (2013): Alexandre Desplat

At first I didn’t like Gravity’s score that much but after listening to it quite a lot, I’ve come to like it. And it’s different. Philomena has beautiful music too.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)
Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton(“Ordinary Love”)
Her (2013): Karen O(“The Moon Song”)

This is the category that I will be most pissed off if something else wins. I’ve said it hundreds of times how much I adore Idina Menzel and Let It Go is great great musical number. And I’m gonna post it right here once more:

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Gravity (2013): Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson
Captain Phillips (2013): Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor (2013): Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow

I believe Gravity will win because it’s the biggest one in technical things but I really liked Inside Llewyn Davis’ sound. You could hear the mixing. And apparently Captain Phillips has great sound too but because of the grand size of Gravity, I’ll go with it.


Best Achievement in Sound Editing

All Is Lost (2013): Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips (2013): Oliver Tarney
Gravity (2013): Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Brent Burge
Lone Survivor (2013): Wylie Stateman

Same reason. And I think the silence works here.

debris-gravityBest Achievement in Visual Effects

Gravity (2013): Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
Iron Man Three (2013): Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Daniel Sudick
The Lone Ranger (2013): Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013): Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton

Is there any other possibility here? NO.

Best Documentary, Feature

actofkillingThe Act of Killing (2012): Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer (2013): Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars (2013): Rick Rowley, Jeremy Scahill
The Square (2013): Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer
20 Feet from Stardom (2013): Morgan Neville

I’m gonna go with popular opinion here. The easiest subject. But I want The Act of Killing to win.

lady6Best Documentary, Short Subject

Cavedigger (2013): Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear (2013): Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls (2012): Sara Ishaq
The Lady In Number 6 (2013): Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (2013): Edgar Barens

I haven’t wathed any of these but on paper The Lady sounds like winner.

mickeyBest Short Film, Animated

Feral (2012): Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden
Get a Horse! (2013): Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim
Mr Hublot (2013): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
Tsukumo (2012): Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom (2012) (TV): Max Lang, Jan Lachauer

Mr Hublot has beautiful animation but I liked Get a Horse! too and everyone has seen it.

The Voorman ProblemBest Short Film, Live Action

Aquel no era yo (2012): Esteban Crespo
Avant que de tout perdre (2013): Xavier Legrand
Helium (2014): Anders Walter
Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa? (2012): Selma Vilhunen
The Voorman Problem (2012): Mark Gill

Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa? is from Finland. So obviously it is my favourite. We don’t get that much Oscars coming to this way. But I go with The Voorman Problem because it has Martin Freeman in it.


  1. I do not see McConaughey losing Best Actor (he is, I think, as much a lock as Blanchett), but otherwise I agree with most of your selections. Great work.

    • Well, like I wrote I took that tiny change there were (or maybe just my hopes were so huge that I thought there were one…). And was proven wrong.

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