Oscar predictions for 2014

Time Out looks at the contenders for the 2014 Academy Awards

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Best Actress

Will win
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Should win
Cate Blanchett.

Should have been nominated
Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha

The frontrunner
Short of defecting to North Korea and swearing allegiance to Kim Jong-un, Cate Blanchett is a dead cert. The Aussie actress has been bookies’ favorite from the get-go for her devastating performance in Blue Jasmine. Wins at the Baftas, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards have only cemented her position. The only potential spoiler, and this is a big if, is Woodygate: the very public and increasingly bitter row between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow over allegations that he abused his adopted daughter.

Possible spoilers
The closest Blanchett has got to a rival is serial nominee Amy Adams (five nominations in eight years), who hits all the right notes across the emotional range as a gangster's moll in American Hustle.

Who else is nominated?
A knee-op has kept Judi Dench from the campaign trail, so her Oscar-friendly twinkly-eyed performance in Philomena hasn’t made the dent many thought it would.

Sandra Bullock is nominated for Gravity. But while the 3D extravaganza is looking hot for Best Picture and Best Director, its astonishing visual effects will most likely be rewarded over its acting pyrotechnics.

Meryl Streep is up for August: Osage County. But the film hasn’t turned out to be the juicy-looking piece of Oscar bait some were expecting.


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