It’s been a fun and interesting race for sure, which has come to a head with three major movies in contention. All three acting categories are set and have been for months, save for supporting actress which is now in flux with Jennifer Lawrence gaining ground on Lupita Nyong’o. It’s unlikely best picture will go to anything other than “12 Years a Slave,” but the possibility certainly exists. With virtually no buzz about the actual awards ceremony since the announcement of Ellen DeGeneres hosting, we’re probably looking at a snoozefest of a telecast unless there are some real surprises in store.
It’s a tight three-way race between “American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” but historical importance (yes, that’s a factor) says “12 Years.”
Director: All signs point to Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity.”
Actor: Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” – locked.
Actress: Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine” – locked.
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club” – locked.
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle” currently has the edge, but for my own sanity I am literally forced to still go with Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave.”
Animated Feature: Disney’s smash hit “Frozen”
Original Screenplay: It’s likely 100% going to be “American Hustle,” but I’m putting my heart on my sleeve for this one (and considering its WGA win): Spike Jonze for “Her.”
Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave”
Sound Editing: “Gravity” – it’s a technical marvel.
Sound Mixing: “Gravity”
Film Editing: Could be “Gravity,” but Paul Greengrass behind the camera suggests “Captain Phillips” for this one.
Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom”
Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty”
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for “Gravity”
Makeup & Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Costume Design: “American Hustle”
Visual Effects: “Gravity”
Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Original Score: Steven Price for “Gravity”
Production Design: “Gravity”
Documentary Short: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
Live Action Short: “Helium”
Animated Short: “Get a Horse!”
So this has “Gravity” going home with a whopping six wins, and the winner of the night “12 Years a Slave” heading home with three while “American Hustle” comes in at one measly win for costume design. (In my dreams.)
Tune in to watch the telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. PST on ABC.