It's that time of year once again as the Oscars come tomorrow night. And unlike the past few years, I have actually seen a good amount of the years nominees prior to the ceremony - Gravity, American Hustle, Philomena and just last night Dallas Buyers Club. All excellent films, as well. Though I don't do a full slate of picks anymore, I will still give you my thoughts on the big six. So here we go:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
The sad thing is that American Hustle will not be well represented here as perhaps it should be. It was on equal footing for the best film I saw this past year along with Gravity. Jennifer Lawrence could win supporting actress, but she won her first just last year, and Amy Adams will have some support as she has not yet won before while the other best actress nominees all have at least one Oscar but Blanchett pretty much has it wrapped up. Hustle could win for screenplay but even there, Her is getting much love.
I recognize that my picks pretty much track general opinion with not one shock in the bunch, though for that I think supporting actress could provide such as it so often does. However, I am at a loss as to who might benefit from a split vote between Lawrence and Nyong'o. For a truly shocking pick, perhaps look for American Hustle to win Best Picture. Opinion suggests if 12 Years a Slave does not win, it would be Gravity and the manner in which they vote for Best Picture still leaves Hustle outside looking in, but it would be a shock and a pleasant one at that. We shall see. Looking forward to my yearly Oscar ceremony. It has been a great year for film. That is all.