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It is has been quite a long time, but I am back! I apologize for not posting anything for nearly a year. Life’s responsibilities can sometimes get in the way of you doing what you love. However, I am back in time for the most important time in movies.
In just a few short days the 86th Academy Awards will finally premiere as the biggest stars of Hollywood flock to the theatre and the fashion reporters get ready to pounce on any flaws.
For movie lovers, the Oscars are the big shebang. Sure they get things wrong time and time again, but anyone who has ever worked in a movie has dreamt of winning Oscar gold. To honor the nominees who deserve to win but are being overlooked as well as the ones that did not even receive a nomination, I am listing my choices for Who Should Win, Who Will Win, and, if there was some injustice, Who Should Have Been There. So for whatever it is worth, here are my picks in all the major categories for the 86th Annual Academy Awards:
Who Should Win: Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine– a former nominee that delivers again and proves why she needs to be given more roles. Who Will Win: A toss up between Nyong’o and Lawrence. Both women have great things going for them on top of their greater than great performances. Nyong’o is a Cinderella story (which the Academy always loves) while Lawrence is beautiful, likable, and represents the future of Hollywood. Be prepared for this race to be a photo finish. Who Should Have Been There: Scarlett Johansson in Her. Many people love to hate on this actress, but she is one of my personal favorites because of the diversity of projects she chooses. Her is a perfect example of this. In the film, Johansson uses only her voice to create a fully realized character and offers us one of the most heartbreaking romances in years. If the Academy wants to hold the audience’s attention then they need to play attention to other festivals and start nominating innovative performances like this.
Who Should Win: Michael Fassbender. Michael Fassbender. Michael Fassbender. Every time this man comes through with a powerhouse performance and it is about time we honored him for this performance which is one of the best this year. Who Will Win: Jared Leto has been winning nearly every precursor, but seeing how the Academy honors LGBT themes in the movies, I would give this one to Bradley Cooper. American Hustle will get the shaft in technical awards as Gravity and 12 Years A Slave divvy them up, but Hustle has nominees in all four acting categories so the Academy may want to show the film some love with this one. Who Should Have Been There: James Gandolfini in Enough Said. The late, great actor gave us so many iconic, chilling moments in The Sopranos, but in this pleasant, indie film Gandolfini reveals a new side and shows marvelous chemistry with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A nomination here would have been a nice sendoff.
Who Should/Will Win: The Great Beauty. One of the most difficult categories to predict every year, however this Italian beauty has the momentum on its side and could take home a much deserved Oscar. Who Should Have Been There: The Past and Blue Is The Warmest Color. Watch their trailers and you will understand why.
Who Should Win: Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises. While the film is not the animator’s best work, it is a breathtaking piece of cinema and, like Gandolfini, it would be a great sentiment to give this legend an Oscar for his last film. Who Will Win: Despite my great adoration for the Academy, it is a bit too traditional. Frozen is another Disney classic, and the Academy will jump at any opportunity it has to award an American director over a foreign director. For this reason, Frozen has it in the bag.
Who Should/Will Win: Cuaron may finally get his long overdue Oscar. While he has only directed six feature length films, Cuaron has solidified his status as one of the most visionary directors film has ever seen. Cuaron, if you win, I only have one thing to ask of you: please make this win incentive to make more films! Who Should Have Been There: Spike Jonze for Her. I could go on for days on how incredible Jonze’s film was. His lack of a nomination in this category reinforces the Academy’s problem of honoring older greats even when they don’t deliver (sorry Martin Scorsese). Let’s start honoring the greats at hand rather than suffer from chronic nostalgia.
Who Should/Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave has given us an iconic performance that movies strive for. This category is incredibly interesting as all the nominees has a shot at winning, but I must say that Ejiofor has the upper-hand. If Dallas Buyers Club was released at a more opportune time, or received a larger audience, then this award would be going to McConaughey. Who Should Have Been There: Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis. The Coen Brothers’ latest got the shaft so many times this awards season and this is a prime example of it. While it was not nominated, at least we will know deep down that Isaac gave one of the best performances we’ve seen in the past few years.
Who Will/Should Win: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Have you seen the film? If not then get off this page and watch it! If so then you will understand the caliber of this performance. This is acting. This is what legendary performances are made of. This is Oscar-worthy. Who Should Have Been There: Brie Larson in Short Term 12. This category this year is filled with former winners so it would be nice to see a fresh, first time nominee up there. Besides being a breath of fresh air for the category, Larson is a force to be reckoned with and if nominated I would be tempted to give her the gold.
Who Should Win: Her from Spike Jonze. Unlike anything we have seen nominated at the Oscars. It is timely and timeless. It is makes us feel lonely and makes us feel alive. This film is the one that should be going into the Academy’s Hall of Fame, however its quirky subject matter does not sit well with many voters. While it won’t win, I am thrilled to see this new classic nominated and see a step in the right direction. Who Will Win: For the first time in the longest time, this category is exciting again. All the winners from the past few years been painfully predictable, therefore it makes the three-legged race between American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years A Slave, that mach more exciting. When all is said and done, expect 12 Years A Slave from Steve McQueen to take the cake. The film is difficult to watch, but it is an important film that tells a story many need to hear. I would be very pleased to see this film join the other great Best Picture winners. It would certainly be the best winner we have seen in quite a few years. Who Should Have Been There: Another overlooked nomination for the Coen Brothers‘ Inside Llewyn Davis. There you have it! The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 2nd. Hope you tune and let me know what you think of my picks. Thanks for the read!