The DL Oscar Predictions (Part 2 – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor)
Welcome back to the Dotted Line Reporter’s coverage of the 2014 Academy Awards. Friday we tackled our picks for Best Supporting Actress and Actor, and Best Original and Adapted Screenplay. Here are our picks for the next four major categories.
Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity): This category is probably one of the easiest to predict. Cuarón is the clear frontrunner, with Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) as a distant second. I could spend this whole article gushing about Gravity (my favorite film of the year). Cuarón immediately immerses the viewer with a stunning unbroken tracking shot, one of the longest in cinema history. From this opening moment, Cuarón takes his audience on a visually stunning and unrelenting rollercoaster ride throughout space. I can honestly say that Gravity was the most intense and immersive cinematic experience I have ever seen. It is highly unlikely that the Academy will not reward Cuarón’s trailblazing efforts.
Team Picks: Johnny – Alfonso Cuarón, Danielle – Alfonso Cuarón, Kate – Steve McQueen
Who I Think Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity): Well you probably saw this one coming, I think this category is best suited to recognize those rare filmmakers who defy what we expect from the medium and that is exactly what Cuarón has done with Gravity.
Team Picks: Johnny – Martin Scorsese, Danielle – Martin Scorsese, Kate – Steve McQueen
Who Will Win: Cate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine): So I must admit I have not seen Blue Jasmine. Regardless, Blanchett is an easy pick this year as she has one every major award up to this point: BAFTA, SAG, and the Golden Globe.
Team Picks: Johnny – Cate Blanchette, Danielle – Cate Blanchette, Kate – Cate Blanchette
Who I Think Should Win: As I haven’t seen the frontrunner’s performance, I think I’m going to let the team call this one for me.
Team Picks: Johnny – Meryl Streep, Danielle – Cate Blanchette, Kate – Judi Dench
Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club): This role feels like the perfect culmination of the aptly named “McConaissance.” McConaughey has been absolutely killing it lately. Through dynamic roles in Bernie, Magic Mike, Killer Joe, Mud, and True Detective, he has gone from a Rom-Com pretty boy to one of the most respected actors working today. His work in Dallas Buyers Club is by far his most demanding and impressive work to date. The Academy loves this type of career transformation and will likely reward McConaughey with Oscar gold.
Team Picks: Johnny –Matthew McConaughey, Danielle – Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate – Matthew McConaughey/Chiwetel Ejiofor
Who I Think Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street): I too am mesmorized with McConaughey’s transformation. His work on True Detective may just be one of the greatest television performances of all time. However, unlike McConaughey, DiCaprio has undergone these type of challenging roles from day one. In other words, DiCaprio has paid his dues. Not to mention his role as the ridiculous Jordan Belfort is the greatest of his career. So lets add this up; you have arguably the greatest working actor, in the greatest performance of his career, in what may be his last collaboration with the great Scorsese. If DiCaprio loses, it will be seen as the snub of a lifetime.
Team Picks: Johnny – Leonardo DiCaprio, Danielle – Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate – Leonardo DiCaprio
Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave. This category is not the sure bet that we all thought it would be. Although my gut tells me that 12 Years a Slave is the obvious winner, American Hustle and Gravity both have a lot of support due to their “easier to digest” subject matter. However, as I mentioned before, 12 Years a Slave has the weight of history behind it. It really is amazing that it took this long to get such an insightful and realistic depiction of American slavery. When I left the theater I couldn’t help feel that I’d just watched a horror film. Our history is horrific, and McQueen’s film held up the mirror to our nation in a way that no other filmmaker has done before.
Team Picks: Johnny – 12 Years a Slave, Danielle – 12 Years a Slave, Kate – American Hustle
Who I Think Should Win: 12 Years a Slave. I really wrestled with this decision. With my favorite film of the year (Gravity) up for an Oscar I should be rooting for it to win, right? However, my feelings about this category in general made me change my pick to 12 Years a Slave. I am of the belief that the “Best Picture” should be the film that pushes new cinematic boundaries in a way that will stand the test of time. In other words, it should be the film from this year that we will make an effort share with the next generation. While I think Gravity was an amazing achievement, I find it hard to believe that history classes around the nation will not be showing 12 Years a Slave on an annual basis. Further, 12 Years a Slave is about as close as you can get to a perfect film. Every element is impeccable; the direction, cast, screenplay, score, cinematography, etc. This may not be the film that I enjoyed the most this year, but it is the film that truly deserves this award.
Team Picks: Johnny – The Wolf of Wall Street, Danielle – 12 Years a Slave, Kate – 12 Years a Slave