We're just hours away from the grand finale of awards season, and many thoughts might be running through your head. You might be thinking, could this finally be Leo's big year? Who will win the coveted Best Picture showdown between heavy hitters Gravity and 12 Years a Slave? Who would have thought a film from the Jackass franchise would be nominated for an Academy Award? Will Jordan Catalano (aka Jared Leto) thank Angela Chase in his acceptance speech? We won't know the answers to most of those questions until the ceremony kicks off tonight. However, I'm certain that this year's Academy Awards will be one you won't want to miss (and not just because Ellen DeGeneres will surely keep you laughing throughout the duration of the show).
There are some definite shoo-ins for this year's coveted golden statues. I'll be shocked if Jared Leto doesn't walk out of the ceremony with an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The same can be said for Cate Blanchett and her Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination. In my opinion, Cate Blanchett's work in Blue Jasmine provided viewers with the best depiction of a mental breakdown since Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence.
This year's Oscars also have a few uncertain categories, which will definitely keep the show interesting. Matthew McConaughey has been cleaning house this awards season thanks to his work in Dallas Buyers Club. He absolutely deserves an Oscar, but I wouldn't be surprised if DiCaprio ends up taking home the Best Actor in a Leading Role statue. Additionally, the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay categories have potential to be exciting. The Academy has awarded Woody Allen for his screenwriting expertise in the past, but I would like to see it go to Spike Jonze this year for Her.
Cinephiles everywhere are anxiously awaiting the Best Picture winning. The true competition this year is really only between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. It's a shame that both films were released in the same year since the award can only go to one winner. Both definitely deserve the prize, but I predict 12 Years a Slave will come out on top.
Here are some of my predictions for this year's Academy Awards:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Directing: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
Best Original Screenplay: Her