Oscar predictions for 2014

Time Out looks at the contenders for the 2014 Academy Awards

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Best Actor

Will win
Matthew McConaughey for ‘Dallas Buyers Club

Should win
Chiwetel Ejiofor for ‘12 Years a Slave

Should have been nominated
Joaquin Phoenix for ‘Her

The frontrunner
Matthew McConaughey’s performance as homophobic redneck turned Aids victim and pharmaceutical campaigner Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is the natural frontrunner. It’s a frank, powerful performance, refusing to shy away from the uglier aspects of both the man and the disease. McConaughey is an industry favourite who has climbed the ranks from indie obscurity to mainstream slush to ‘proper’ acting roles.

Possible spoilers
Let’s not rule out Bruce Dern for ‘Nebraska’. He’s an acting legend who has spent too long in unworthy roles, and his turn as a befuddled dad reconnecting with his son has all the wit, warmth and insight the Academy loves.

Who else is nominated?
Chiwetel Ejiofor took the big prize at Bafta for his thoughtful turn in ‘12 Years a Slave’, but let’s face it, his Oscar chances are slimmer than McConaughey’s waistband.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s crooked stockbroker in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ will likely prove too outrageous, too coke-fuelled, too hooker-happy to charm the more conservative voters.

Christian Bale for ‘American Hustle’ is the male equivalent of Meryl Streep’s Best Actress nomination. It’s a kneejerk nod for an actor many voters admire, even if his work this time around isn’t exactly earth shattering.

Oscars 2013: the winners

Thanks to a strong and diverse slate of films, the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony was an unpredictable affair: in the big six categories (Best Picture, Best Director and the four acting categories) not a single film took more than one award. Everyone assumed before the night that 'Argo' would take Best Picture, but it was far from a sure thing. In fact, the only truly safe bet was Daniel Day-Lewis and the Academy agreed, granting the British actor a record-breaking third Best Actor Oscar.

See the winners from the 2013 Academy Awards

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6 comments
MikeT
MikeT

Has the reviwer above even seen the films about he/she is writing? "with ‘Philomena’, the real-life story of an Irish woman looking for the son she adopted as a teenager." Philomena didn't adopt her son. Her son (was her birth son) and was taken from her when she had nowhere to turn, and no one to fight for her. Philomena gets 4 stars, the reporter gets 1 star for sloppy reporting.

Syirin
Syirin

Is Blue Jasmine not being nominated as Best Film? Cate Blanchett definitely is a strong contender in Best actress category - her performance in Bluew jasmine was flawless! @syirinsaid

Giamboni
Giamboni

Nomination for Saving Mr Banks, Thompson and Hanks. Strong contender in original screenplay. Sure Oscar in Original score of Thomas Newman.

Giamboni
Giamboni

Nomination for Saving Mr Banks, Thompson and Hanks. Strong contender in original screenplay. Sure Oscar in Original score of Thomas Newman.

Mirko
Mirko

Emma Thompson in nomination absolutely. The nominees are: Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

Mirko
Mirko

Saving Mr Banks, of course.

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