The 86th Academy Award nominees… and our predictions

So here they are. The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards! As always it is a list that includes some of the greatest personalities of Hollywood, along with some rising talents. Not surprisingly, American Hustle and Gravity lead the list, with 10 nominations each. 12 Years A Slave isn’t far behind with 9 Oscar nominations. Oh, and there is Meryl Streep in the mix once again, with nothing less than her 18th nomination at the Academy Awards. The Oscars are going to be handed out on Sunday night, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood. The show will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

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So here is the nominee list… and our predictions (for it ain’t fun, if you haven’t thrown your hat in the ring, isn’t it?)

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

BUCKS AND CORN Says: 12 Years a Slave. It just feels right for this movie to be given its moment to bask in its glory. An Oscar for Best Picture would certainly do that. The biggest challenger has to be Gravity, and we have this feeling that one would nick the Best Picture while the other would be awarded with the Best Director. Neither of them deserves to be left out!

Best Director

David O. Russell, American Hustle

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Alfonso Cuarón. It is no big secret that Cuarón is the frontrunner for this award, though Steve McQueen would not have given up on his hopes yet. But why Cuarón? Simply because he has created one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of the year which became a massive success critically and commercially, and deserves to be rounded off with an Oscar for the man who created it all. Amongst the others, David Russell is starting to become a regular feature in this list but is likely to return home empty-handed, something that a certain Martin Scorsese is well aware of, as he receives his eight Oscar nomination for Best Director category, of which he has won only one so far.

Best Actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Matthew McConaughey. This would be a win which has been a few years in the making, with The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud and finally to Dallas Buyers Club which eventually has got McConaughey his first Oscar nomination, that could soon be a first Oscar win as well. If it does happen, no one is going to question why. Christian Bale has achieved this, an Oscar win with his first nomination for The Fighter, but spare a thought for Leonardo DiCaprio who would be in the running for an Oscar for the fourth time in his illustrious career and is expected to fall short once again.

Best Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Sandra Bullock. She lost out to Cate Blanchett at the Golden Globes, but such a powerful role in a hugely popular movie could land her the big prize at the Oscars. Strangely, this is only the second Oscar nomination for Sandra Bullock, as against five each for Blanchett and Amy Adams, six for Judi Dench, and a staggering eighteen for Meryl Streep. That is some group of ladies to be competing with!

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Jared Leto. Playing a transgender woman who is HIV positive, is as varied a role as you can get, and when you can deliver a performance that can knock your socks off, an Oscar is the least you should be handed. Barkhad Abdi should be a close second with his sensational performance as the Somalian pirate. And great to see Fassbender receive his first nomination; he’s bound to win one of these trophies soon.  

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Jennifer Lawrence. Simply put, it is her time. Her role as the lonely wife with a quick tongue stood out in a movie filled with incredible acting talent. Back-to-back Oscars are rare, which could be the only thing stopping her from picking up her second Academy Award. A nomination nod for Julia Roberts after 13 years is also a welcome sight.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

BUCKS AND CORN Says: John Ridely for 12 Years a Slave. It would be lovely to see Before Midnight take home this award, for this is a screenplay with an almost 20 year back-story. But the race is likely to be between 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, and we expect the former to bag this one, considering the amount of excitement this movie has generated amongst all.

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club

Her

Nebraska

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Spike Jonze for Her. There has been a healthy buzz around this movie with its wacky story of a lonely writer falling in love with his operating system. It is the kind of plot which if it works, then it really scores. But that’s one tough list to win from.

Best Animated Feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Frozen. A year with no Pixar movie in this category is unheard of, but even if Monsters University had made it, there is no stopping Disney’s Frozen from claiming the top honours in what has been a simply terrific year for the film and studio. Hayao Miyazaki’s supposedly last film The Wind Rises also features in the list, and an Oscar nomination may be a fitting farewell to the great Japanese writer and director.

Achievement in film editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for Gravity. Even two Oscar wins for Cuarón would not seem unworthy, as his crisp and nearly-perfect editing work along with Sanger in Gravity brought in much of the tension and intensity of the film.

Achievement in cinematography

The Grandmaster

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Prisoners

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity. The film’s distant cinematography seems to be in a different league altogether, such that any other winner in this category would be quite a surprise.  

Achievement in costume design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years a Slave

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Patricia Norris for 12 Years a Slave. The veteran costume designer has six Oscar nominations now beside her name, but no win, and this deserves to be her night. Michael Wilkinson’s work in American Hustle is going to be a tough competitor.

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews for Dallas Buyers Club. To be frank, the other two nominations seem completely out of place for the Oscars.

Achievement in production design

American Hustle

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her

12 Years a Slave

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Catherine Martin (Production Design) & Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration) for The Great Gatsby. Well, it was lavish, stylish and elegant, and definitely Oscar worthy.

Achievement in sound editing

All Is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Oliver Tarney for Captain Phillips. The movie had a distinct sound quality to it which made the tension and the drama in the film lift to another level. It should be winning something in the sound department, it truly deserves it.

Achievement in sound mixing

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro for Captain Phillips. We just want this movie to win something in the sound department. But what do we know, for both Oscars might very well go to Gravity!

Achievement in visual effects

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

BUCKS AND CORN Says: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould for Gravity. There have been some astounding achievements in this category, but it is Gravity alone which has that “Oscar-worthy” vibe to it. It is bound to add quite a few Oscars in such technical departments.

Some other Oscar nomination categories are listed below. 

Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing

Cutie and the Boxer

Dirty Wars

The Square

20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium

The Great Beauty, Italy

The Hunt, Denmark

The Missing Picture, Cambodia

Omar, Palestine

Best Original Score

John Williams, The Book Thief

Steven Price, Gravity

William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her

Alexandre Desplat, Philomena

Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone

“Happy” from Despicable Me 2

“Let It Go” from Frozen

“The Moon Song” from Her

“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

There are also Oscar nomination categories in the Best documentary short subject, best animated short film and Best live action short film.

So for now let’s get back to our regular movie viewing. For there is still a few weeks to go before the envelopes open and we hear those memorable words “And the Oscar goes to…”


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