Need some help filling out your office pool for the Oscars this Sunday? Does anyone even still do office pools for the Oscars? Well, look no further because I present my predictions for the eight major categories. As usual, Oscar’s tendency to spread the wealth makes predicting who will win what very difficult, but I believe the following choices will come out to be pretty accurate.
Here’s a look at my picks.
Best Picture (8 of 8)
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Let's look at all nine nominees.
"Captain Phillips," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" - No buzz, no chance
"Dallas Buyers Club" - More of an actors' showcase than a solid film.
"American Hustle" - A crowd favorite but probably too light for Oscar voters for this prestigious category.
"12 Years a Slave" - Powerful, but too difficult to watch and the old, white Academy voters may not want to reward such a painful film about an ugly chapter in America's history.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - It's my personal favorite film of year, but it has received criticism of glorifying excess. Plus, there are over 400 F-bombs in it. Probably won't win.
That leaves us with "Gravity." "Gravity" is such a technical marvel that this film will be remembered in years to come. Cuaron's technical mastery is enhanced by great performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, resulting in an unforgettable movie-going experience.
Should Win: "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Will Win: "Gravity"