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Academy Award Nominations 2014


Best Motion Pictureamerican_hustle_ver6_xlrg

  1. American Hustle
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Dallas Buyers Club
  4. Gravity
  5. Her
  6. Nebraska
  7. Philomena
  8. 12 Years a Slave
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Missing:

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. Saving Mr. Banks
  3. Fruitvale Station
  4. Blue JasmineCaptain Phillips
  5. Rush
  6. Before Midnight
  7. August: Osage County
  8. The Butler

Best Achievement In Directing

  1. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
  2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
  3. David O. Russell for American Hustle
  4. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Missing:

  1. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
  2. Spike Jonze for Her
  3. Jean-Marc Vallée for Dallas Buyers ClubDallas-Buyers-Club-2013-Movie-Poster
  4. Stephen Frears for Philomena
  5. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
  6. Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine
  7. John Lee Hancock for Saving Mr. Banks
  8. Lee Daniels for The Butler

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Christian Bale for American Hustle
  2. Bruce Dern for Nebraska
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
  5. Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Missing:

  1. Tom Hanks for Captain PhillipsGravity
  2. Robert Redford for All Is Lost
  3. Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. Joaquin Phoenix for Her
  5. Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  6. Forest Whitaker for The Butler

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Amy Adams for American Hustle
  2. Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
  3. Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  4. Judi Dench for Philomena
  5. Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Missing:

  1. Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks
  2. Brie Larson for Short Term 12her_xlg
  3. Kate Winslet for Labor Day
  4. Julie Delpy for Before Midnight
  5. Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha
  6. Berenice Bejo for The Past
  7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  2. Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  3. Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  5. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Missing:

  1. Daniel Brühl for Rush
  2. James Gandolfini for Enough Saidnebraska_xlg
  3. Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks
  4. James Franco for Spring Breakers
  5. Will Forte for Nebraska

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
  2. Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
  3. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
  4. Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
  5. June Squibb for Nebraska

Missing:

  1. Oprah Winfrey for The Butler
  2. Scarlett Johansson for Her
  3. Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station
  4. Margot Robbie for The Wolf of Wall Streetphilomena_xlrg
  5. Sarah Paulson for 12 Years a Slave

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  1. Before Midnight: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  2. Captain Phillips: Billy Ray
  3. 12 Years a Slave: John Ridley
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street: Terence Winter
  5. Philomena: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Missing:

  1. August: Osage County: Tracy Letts
  2. Blue Is The Warmest Color: Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche
  3. Short Term 12: Daniel Cretton
  4. The Spectacular Now: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber12 Years A Slave
  5. Lone Survivor: Peter Berg

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  1. American Hustle: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
  2. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen
  3. Her: Spike Jonze
  4. Nebraska: Bob Nelson
  5. Dallas Buyers Club: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Missing:

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  2. Enough Said: Nicole Holofcener,
  3. Gravity: Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron,
  4. Saving Mr. Banks: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
  5. Fruitvale Station: Ryan Coogler
  6. Mud: Jeff Nichols
  7. Prisoners: Aaron GuzikowskiThe Wolf of Wall Street

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. The Croods
  2. Despicable Me 2
  3. Ernest & Celestine
  4. Frozen
  5. The Wind Rises

Missing:

  1. Monsters University
  2. Epic
  3. A Letter To Momo

Foreign Language Film

  1. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.indd
  2. The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  3. The Hunt (Denmark)
  4. The Great Beauty (Italy)
  5. Omar (Palestine)

Missing:

  1. The Notebook (Hungary)
  2. The Grandmaster (Hong Kong)
  3. An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  4. Two Lives (Germany)

Not Eligible:

  1. Afternoon Delight (Phillippines)
  2. Blue is the Warmest Color (France)croods_ver8
  3. Child’s Pose (Romania)
  4. Computer Chess (Germany)
  5. Concussion (Germany)
  6. Gabrielle (Canada)
  7. Gloria (Chile)
  8. Hijacking, A (Denmark)
  9. Ilo Ilo (Singapore)
  10. Past, The (Iran)
  11. Rocket, The (Australia)
  12. Touch of Sin, A (Italy)
  13. Una Noche (Taiwan)
  14. Wadjda (Saudi Arabia)

Best Documentary Feature

  1. The Act of Killing
  2. Cutie and the Boxer
  3. Dirty WarsDespicable-Me-2-poster
  4. The Square
  5. 20 Feet from Stardom

Missing:

  1. Stories We Tell
  2. The Crash Reel
  3. Blackfish
  4. Tim’s Vermeer
  5. God Loves Uganda

My Predicitons for the 2013 Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013.argo-affleck-852-04022909

Here are my predictions:

Best Motion Picture Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This inspirational, true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz among the press. It has also dominated the major categories at the Golden Globes, SAGs, DGAs, PGAs and BAFTA Awards.  The snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Director category has seemed to help propel this film forward.

Best Motion Picture Possible Upset:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale also has a small chance to take the top prize, as it made a strong showing with the number of Academy Award nominations. This upset is very slim though, as Argo is the lincoln-daniel-day-lewismore likely winner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis for LincolnA two-time Academy Award winner in this category, Day-Lewis has the most critical momentum and the most number of other honours for this role for him to take the top honor in this category.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz around a heartfelt performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer. Jackman though is not very likely to win over Day-Lewis.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Emmanuelle Riva for Amour  – As  the oldest person ever to be nominated in this category, Riva has garnered a considerable amount of praise for her sensitive portrayal of a women amour-riva_2448292bin her declining years including the BAFTA award for Best Actress.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood and has a very strong chance of taking home this award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained – This category is going to very close to predict with all the nominees being previous Oscar winners. Though most film critics are going with Robert De Niro, I will still have to go with Waltz for his portrayal of a menacing bounty hunter. He also has already picked up the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category and is well-respected in Hollywood.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Possible Upset:christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchained

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim including a SAG award in this same category.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz and acclaim for a performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is also very well liked in Hollywood and is by far the favorite to win in this category.

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role  Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has already won two Oscars and people like a comeback story. It is though very unlikely that she will win over Hathaway in this category.

Best Achievement in Directing Predicted Winner:1500_les_miserables_anne_hathaway

  • Michael Haneke for Amour – With Affleck and Bigelow out of the picture, the winner is likely going to be Haneke for directing for what many consider to be the best picture of the last year even though it is a foreign language film.

Best Achievement in Directing Possible Upset:

  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout with voters. He is also a two-time winner in this category.  As Affleck has taken home most of the other major prizes in this category, this one is harder to predict with even Ang Lee having a shot for Life of Pi, as Lee is also a previous winner in this category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Predicted Winner:

  • Amour: Michael Haneke – This is really a close call; I will have to give a slight lead to Haneke for his screenplay for Amour,  considered to be one of the best films of last year.Michael-Haneke--Amour

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Possible Upset:

  • Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino – A previous winner in this category, Tarantino also has a really good shot at winning, having already won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this screenplay. Tarantino also has the name recognition factor.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Predicted Winner:

  • Argo: Chris Terrio  – This category is also going to be really close. Though, I will have to go with the screenplay for Argo, which has already won a Writers Guild Award. Argo is very popular amongst award voters and has garnered more buzz due to Affleck’s snub in the Best Director category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

  • Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell – Russell also has a really strong chance of winning in this category, having already won the BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award. The filmSILVER-LININGS-PLAYBOOK-DIR-David-O-Russell-with-Bradley-Cooper-and-Jennifer-Lawrence also has a lot of positive buzz.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Brave – Out of all the animated films this past year, this film has generated the most acclaim and accolades, including the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category. Brave was also the highest grossing animated film at the box office this past year.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a shot in this category, as it also has had a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Amour (Austria) – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has garnered the most awards, including the Golden Globe Braveand the BAFTA, acclaim and positive press.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Though all the nominations were strong candidates, I will have to go with this costume period drama for a distant second place. Note: None of the films, including this one, really stand a chance against Amour in this category.

Best Documentary, Feature Predicted Winner:

  • Searching for Sugar Man – Out of all the Documentary Features, this film is the most crowd pleasing and has the most positive buzz, It has already won the BAFTA in this category, as well as Producers and Writers Guild awards.

Best Documentary, Feature Possible Upset:

  • The Invisible War – All the other contenders in this category deal with more somber subject matters and are all excellent films in their one right, making this category hard to call. I will have to go with this feature as a possible upset, as the film deals with the disturbing subject of sexual assaults of female personnel in the military. Though 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, and How to Survive a Plague all also stand a chance of winning.daniel-craig-judi-dench-skyfall

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. The song has already won a number of major awards and is also co-written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Possible Upset:

My Predictions for the Golden Globe Awards in Motion Pictures for 2012


On Sunday, January 13, 2013, the Hollywood Foreign Press will announce their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Golden Globe opening

Here are my predictions in order of probability:

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Best Picture, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz amongst the press though snubbed in the Best Director category with the Oscars.

Best Picture, Drama Possible Upsets:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale has also a very strong chance to take the top prize and made a strong showing with the Academy Award nominations.
  • Zero Dark Thirty – The intense thriller also based on a true tale has a chance, but may be a little too dark for voters with the Hollywood Foreign Press.Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Silver Linings Playbook – Has a lot of great buzz as a smart, well-crafted romantic comedy with strong performances.

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Les Misérables  – Though receiving mixed reviews, this epic musical has the grandeur and force that could result in enough votes from the Hollywood Foreign Press to take the top prize.

 Best Director Predicted Winner:

  •  Ben Affleck for Argo – Affleck has gained great respect as a director and has the star power to take the top prize.

Best Director Possible Upsets:

  • Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty – Bigelow also has garnered great respect as director and has a lot of positive buzz with the press. She could also take home the award.Lincoln-Movie-Poster-600x450
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout to resonate with voters.

Best Actor, Drama Predicted Winner:

Best Actor, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Joaquin Phoenix for The Master – Phoenix is also a previous Golden Globe nominee and winner. His performance has also generated lots of critical acclaim though he has a much-publicized aversion to awards.

Best Actress, Drama Predicted Winner:

  • Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty – Chastain is one of the most watched female rising stars in Hollywood and has garnered much praise for her accomplished performance in zero-dark-thirty1this film.

Best Actress, Drama Possible Upset:

  • Naomi Watts for The Impossible – Watts has built a solid amount of support and respect as an actress, in particular for this critically acclaimed performance. She also has the star power that voters like.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz about his dynamic performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer.

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:Life-Of-Pi

  • Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook – The race for this award is very close and Cooper also has a strong chance to take the prize. Like Jackman, Cooper also has a strong charismatic presence in Hollywood and has received much praise for his performance.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Predicted Winner:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Like Chastain, Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood.

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Possible Upset:

  • Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – This well-respected film veteran made a huge impact his year, not only for this film, but also for her acclaimed performance in Skyfall. She also has ten previous Golden Globe nominations and has won twice.

Best Supporting Actor Predicted Winner:django-unchained-2012-movie-wallpaper-for-1920x1200-widescreen-11-488

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master – Seymour Hoffman is not only well-liked but a much acclaimed character actor in Hollywood. His performance in this film has lots of buzz behind it.

Best Supporting Actor Possible Upset:

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – The race for this award is also very close, as Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim.

Best Supporting Actress Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz for her acclaimed performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is i4OqHxAfCrXkalso very well liked and has received acclaim for another high profile film this year: The Dark Knight Rises.

Best Supporting Actress Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has a total of eleven Golden Globe nominations with two wins. The press also likes a film comeback story.

Best Screenplay Predicted Winner:

  • Tony Kushner for Lincoln – This category is a little bit tougher to predict. Kushner has the most positive press for his screenplay in this category. He is also a highly respected writer in film, television and theatre.

Best Screenplay Possible Upset:Silver-Linings-Playbook-poster

  • Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained – This is really anybody’s race but I would have to go with Tarantino here, as he has the name recognition factor and has garnered much praise for this film.

Best Foreign Language Film Predicted Winner:

  • Amour – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has generated the most acclaim and positive press.

 Best Foreign Language Film Possible Upset:

  • Intouchables – Though snubbed by the Oscars, this film has also generated strong positive buzz and critical acclaim.

Best Animated Feature Film Predicted Winner:

  • Frankenweenie – Out of those nominated in this category, this animated film has generated the most positive acclaim and is directed by Tim Burton, who is a previous Golden Globe 6dc95c2bd1dad8f097a056d90cd6b0ebnominee. Also, the Hollywood Foreign Press snubbed ParaNorman, which should have received a nomination in this category.

 Best Animated Feature Film Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. Personally, I would like to see Brave take this award, as this was my favorite animated film of the year.

Best Original Song Predicted Winner:

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. It is also written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

Best Original Song Possible Upset:

Best Original Score Predicted Winner:

  • John Williams for Lincoln – The score from this movie is one of its highlights and John Williams is a prolific and well-renowned film composer.

Best Original Score Possible Upset:

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