Edit ModuleShow Tags

Oscar, Oscar!

2014 Oscar nominations and our picks in the award show’s top categories


Published:

Big day in Hollywood! The 2014 Academy Awards were announced early this morning. As a card-carrying, voting member of the Screen Actors Guild (watch the SAG Awards on Saturday, January 18), a former student of L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan, and a part-time theater reviewer for San Diego Magazine, I feel semi-qualified to discuss my thoughts on this year’s picks and offer early predictions on who will win.

 

Best Picture

Predicted winner: 12 Years A Slave

Other nominees: Nebraska, American Hustle, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her

Analysis: I think it’s between this and American Hustle, but I’m pulling for the former. This film has the all the essential ingredients for an Oscar win: based on a true story; star power (hello, Brad Pitt! who is also a producer); a relatively unknown lead actor, Chiwetel Ejofor (which makes it a Cinderella story); and above all, momentum after its recent Golden Globe win.

 

Best Actress

Predicted winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine),

Other nominees: Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County); Amy Adams (American Hustle); Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Analysis: Cate is consistently fantastic and respected by the Academy (with one Oscar win already in her pocket). Plus the Bernie Madoff-esque storyline is timely, and Woody Allen has a track record of winning his leading ladies Academy Awards.

 

Best Actor

Predicted winner: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Other nominees: Christian Bale (American Hustle); Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street); Bruce Dern (Nebraska); Chiwetel Ejofor (12 Years A Slave)

Analysis: Big fan of Leonardo, and Christian was excellent, but I don’t think the Academy will give it to either of them. The experts say Matthew’s performance was the best of his career, and I’m inclined to agree. P.S. His acceptance speech at the GG’s was weird.

 

Best Supporting Actress and Actor

*I’m opting out of these categories because it would require my thinking about nominee Jonah Hill’s prosthetic penis in The Wolf of Wall Street, and I promised myself I would never think about that again. Ever.

 

Biggest snub

Tom Hanks for Best Actor in Captain Phillips

Analysis: C’mon. He was brilliant. I was completely shocked and stressed out by the end of this film (in a good way, because he was so believable).

 

The movie everyone loved this year, but that I just didn’t get

American Hustle

Loved the ‘70s costumes and wigs, but didn’t get engrossed in the story or find the characters particularly likeable. My main takeaways from this movie were that Jennifer Lawrence proved she has staying power and Amy Adams has great hair.

 

Movie I can’t wait to see

Nebraska

This film garnered a lot of nominations and I’m a big fan of Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, and Election). He’s already won two Academy Awards as a screenwriter. Here, he’s nominated for his direction of this heart-warming father-son story.

 

What were your favorite movies this year? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? We would love to hear from you.

 

And the Oscar goes to…  Tune in to ABC on Sunday, March 2 to find out. For a full list of nominations, visit oscar.go.com.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego Symphony Launches Sensory-Friendly Concerts

The new series is aimed at families with children on the autism spectrum

Romance Is in the Air: Where to Staycation in San Diego

Leave reality behind for a weekend with these 6 romantic local getaway ideas

Where to Celebrate Love in San Diego This Weekend

Suzie’s Farm and the Maritime Museum will kick off Valentine's Day early with two unique events
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Cityfiles

Local News Updates And Things To Do In San Diego

About This Blog

San Diego Magazine's editorial staff (Erin Chambers Smith + Erin Meanley + Kimberly Cunningham + Archana Ram + Sanna Boman Coates + a handful of smart, thoughtful contributors) blog about everything from restaurants and bars to behind the scenes gossip to the best events happening this weekend. Looking for foodie and restaurant guru Troy Johnson? He's got his own blog here.

Recent Posts

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Cityfiles Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 103 Dishes to Eat in San Diego before You Die
    Here's Made, our little black book of San Diego's best food
  2. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies and attractions
  3. Why Restaurants Are Adding a Surcharge, and Why Diners Should Gladly Pay It
    Restaurateurs are finding ways to deal with the challenges of the minimum wage hike
  4. The Dog Lover's Guide to San Diego
    Here are 52 ways to experience San Diego with your four-legged friend
  5. 67 San Diego Holiday Traditions You Don't Want to Miss
    'Tis the season for fa-la-la fun in San Diego
  6. Meet the Founders of the New Officine Buona Forchetta
    Native Italians Matteo Cattaneo and Mario Cassineri talk recipes, family-friendly dining, and the virtues of good bread
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module