As of last night I succeeded in one of my New Year’s Resolutions – I watched every film nominated for Best Film, Best Director and every film in the four performance categories. I’m rather pleased with myself as this means this year (when I watch the Oscars live for the first time) I can actually have a fully informed opinion on who or what I’d like to win.
So without further ado, here are a few of my hopes and predictions about what’s going to happen tonight.
In short, I’d very much like 12 Years a Slave to win every award it’s been nominated for – unfortunately that doesn’t look too likely if the way in which awards season has gone so far, though that being said it did take just about every award it was nominated for last night at the Independent Spirit Awards.
I really really REALLY want Lupita Nyong’o to win best supporting actress. I have to say if Jennifer Lawrence wins it, I’ll feel a bit sorry for her if/when she gets a lot of hate for it because she has done the opposite of campaigning for it. It’s one of those things where the majority of the public/press want one actress to win but the Academy itself doesn’t always go with the general feeling of the public. *Fingers crossed* Lupita gets it (it’s be a wonderful belated-birthday present for her since it was her birthday yesterday)
I wouldn’t be surprised if Alfonso Cuarón wins Best Director and that would be pretty cool if he did. While I’d love 12 Years a Slave to get everything, in some ways I’d be quite happy and impressed if Gravity did pretty well in more than just the Visual Effects category. It would be great to see the Academy appreciating a Sci-Fi-esque, SFX juggernaut – kind of like when The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King had a clean sweep. It’s nice when the Academy rewards more diverse films than the typical dramas seen in the Best Picture category.
If Jared Leto doesn’t win Best Supporting Actor I’ll be rather surprised, and I think Best Actor is a tie between Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey – although McConaughey is more likely to win if the awards so far have any say.
I hope American Hustle doesn’t run away with all the awards – I won’t deny that the performances were brilliant (I’d love Amy Adams to win Best Actress but we all know that Cate Blanchett is going to win that) but the actual plot and film itself was just average in my opinion. My mum asked what it was about and I honestly couldn’t explain it to her without tying myself in knots.
With the screenplays, I’d like Her to win Best Original Screenplay and either 12 Years a Slave or The Wolf of Wall Street to win Best Adapted Screenplay.
I’d like Gravity to win best Original Score, Let It Go from Frozen is a shoe in for Best Original Song, and I think either Inside Llewyn Davis or Prisoners should win Best Cinematography because they were some great looking films. I will allow American Hustle to win Best Editing as the editing was one of the things that made the film interesting.
So those were my thoughts. Here in the UK the show starts at midnight tonight and won’t finish till around 4am tomorrow. I shall be around a friend’s house watching and hoping I stay awake through it all – I may have a strategic nap later on today.