I will admit that I haven’t seen about 90% of the films nominated like pretty much everyone else online. Unless I’ve seen the film, I won’t give a reason why I chose something. It will be guessing for the most part. It’s terrible, especially for someone majoring in film, but money’s tight and I don’t have the same kind of luxury as everyone else does. More than likely I’ll review the winners and nominees after all is said and done when the DVD is available.
Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Gravity. She definitely carried the movie on her shoulders. Much like after the shipwreck in Life of Pi, one person has to act believable on their own in an isolated space. Sandra clearly demonstrated that.
Best Actor – Supporting: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Actress – Supporting: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Best Animated Feature Film: The Wind Rises. That or Frozen for the American pick.
Cinematography: Gravity. The long take at the beginning is well executed. With all of the planning that had to happen to make it work, I will be disappointed if it doesn’t win.
Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Directing: Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Documentary Feature: The Square
Documentary Short Subject: Facing Fear
Film Editing: Gravity. While it is an intense film, it is not edited intensely. It is a nice departure from what I call “blender films” where the footage is edited together like it was put through a blender (even though it’s pretty much all digital these days). I can’t stand those kind of films unless the editing is unified like it is here.
Foreign Language Film: The Hunt
Makeup and Hair Styling: Dallas Buyers Club
Music – Original Score: Saving Mr. Banks
Music – Original Song: “Let it Go”, Frozen. A dynamic piece of work that shows that Disney is getting their game back from the 1990’s slate of films. That, and the scene with the song is grand in literal scale.
Production Design: 12 Years A Slave
Short Film – Animated: Feral. Similar to my Best Animated Feature pick, I think Get a Horse! will probably win because of the history behind it and it’s the American pick. That is a good short but Feral looks much more impressive just from the trailer alone.
Short Film – Live Action: Helium
Sound Editing: Gravity. Even though the theater I saw it in was louder than normal, it was still extraordinary to listen to.
Sound Mixing: Gravity. Same as above.
Visual Effects: Gravity. It goes hand in hand with the Cinematography.
Writing – Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave
Writing – Original Screenplay: Her
Like my confidence in March Madness picks, some of them are a long shot as well as a safe bet. What are your picks?