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Oscar Sweepstakes 2014
When it comes to films and cinema some things you just can’t change. Popcorn will always be overpriced, the trailers will never be unsuitable for the feature presentation, and the Academy will only nominate from the smallest group of films they can get away with.
Last years selection was typically slender, but this years list is positively anorexic. Unless you had a hand in 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club or The Wolf Of Wall Street I wouldn’t bother turning up at the Kodak Theatre next month.
The Academy has steered clear of anything remotely commercial, but then 2013 wasn’t a particular stellar year for the popcorn movie. However, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has been completely overlooked again; the token statuette the Academy was forced to give PJ for Return of the King (the weakest of the original three films) is all the New Zealander is likely to get for his Middle Earth work no matter how stunning it continues to be. Martin Freeman’s stellar work as Bilbo misses out on a nod again to, which is frankly criminal. Idris Elba, Robert Redford and Tom Hanks also missed out on acting nominations despite turning in three astounding performances during 2013. The prize for the biggest snub this year though is shared between Chan Wook Park’s Stoker and Ron Howard’s Rush. Two of the best movies of last year, the absolute omission of both is utterly baffling.
Of those that have been blessed by the Academy, 12 Years A Slave is the most Oscar baiting movie of the lot. A great film no doubt, but it is so Academy friendly it makes the Best Picture outcome the biggest forgone conclusion since Schindler’s List. Elsewhere, American Hustle featured some solid performances but isn’t quite as good as it thinks it is, whilst Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena are too obscure to grab the majority of attention from the Academy when they decide who should win what. Nebraska, Gravity, Captain Philips and The Wolf Of Wall Street would all be deserving winners but whether they can nudge the current trend for historical dramas and winners that would be popular with the E! Crowd is doubtful. So here’s FilmsFilmsFilms personal choices, and our picks for those that are likely to go home with the goods next month:
Best Picture
Our Choice: Gravity or The Wolf Of Wall Street
It’ll Probably Be: 12 Years A Slave
Also Nominated: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena,
Best Director
Our Choice: Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
It’ll Probably Be: David O Russell - American Hustle
Also Nominated: Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave, Alexander Payne - Nebraska, Martin Scorsese - The Wolf Of Wall Street,
Original Screenplay
Our Choice: Bob Nelson – Nebraska
It’ll Probably Be: Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell - American Hustle
Also Nominated: Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine, Bob Nelson - Nebraska, Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack - Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze - Her
Adapted Screenplay
Our Choice: Billy Ray – Captain Philips
It’ll Probably Be: John Ridley - 12 Years A Slave
Also Nominated: Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope - Philomena, Terence Winter - The Wolf Of Wall Street, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater - Before Midnight
Best Actor
Our Choice: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street or Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
It’ll Probably Be: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Also Nominated: Bruce Dern - Nebraska, Christian Bale - American Hustle,
Best Actress
Our Choice: Sandra Bullock – Gravity
It’ll Probably Be: Amy Adams - American Hustle
Also Nominated: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine, Meryl Streep - August: Osage County, Judi Dench - Philomena 
Best Supporting Actor 
Our Choice: Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
It’ll Probably Be: Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Also Nominated: Bradley Cooper - American Hustle, Jonah Hill - The Wolf Of Wall Street, Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club,
Best Supporting Actress 
Our Choice: June Squib – Nebraska
It’ll Probably Be: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Also Nominated: Julia Roberts - August: Osage County, Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave, Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
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