Oscar Predictions

Scott Iwaniec

You know it’s a great morning when you eat a bowl of cereal while watching the Academy Award nomination announcements. Logistically I can’t go through every category, but here are my winning predictions, some followed by a runner up.

Best Director – Gravity: Alfonso Cauron brought us the experience of being in space, which is truly incredible. The fact that he can use one main character and only one side of that character for half the movie and still drive a suspenseful story is admirable. This is the most impressive piece of work with only one actor, literally floating in nowhere, and still delivering drama and suspense.

Best Cinematography – Gravity: No movie has ever given so many people the feeling of being in space. Very few cuts happen in the movie and the camera almost floats to give the viewer the feeling of zero gravity. Keep in mind the first scene is 20 minutes long without any cuts. It’s truly a cinematic and breathtaking experience.

Best Animated Feature – Frozen: Simple, nothing else can compete with it. It’s being compared to Beauty and the Beast and deserves every bit of it.

Best Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips): Everyone is praising this man for playing the terrifying hijacker of Tom Hanks’ ship. I haven’t seen the film myself, but from what I have read and heard, he is the front runner.

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave): I also have not seen this film, but everything I read suggested she’s the front runner; however don’t be surprised when Jennifer Lawrence wins. She’s the golden girl, so I will not be shocked if Lupita’s performance is overlooked.

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club): The academy has a thing for actors who lose an insane amount of weight for their roles. Not to mention this guy put up three dynamite performances this year. It’s a small film, but I suggest you check it out.

Best Actress – Sandra Bullock (Gravity): She led an entire movie by herself and brought the audience tears, fear, and excitement; all while being almost completely surrounded by a green screen. It’s the epitome of doing everything with nothing.

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave: I really haven’t heard a bad thing about it. I specifically hear praise for its ability to mentally scar viewers and keep them thinking weeks after they see the film. It’s been critics front runner since it came out and I think it will pay off. I believe the runner up will be Dallas Buyers Club.