Hard to predict this year’s Oscars
Published: Thursday, February 6th, 2014
I’ve pretty much talked non-stop about three things this past week: how much I hate slushy snow, the upcoming winter Olympics (I even have a countdown plastered at my desk!) and awards season. It’s no secret Oscar night is my favorite night of the year, nor the fact I like to give my opinion on the nominated movies. Without ado, I present my picks for this year’s Academy Awards.
Best Supporting Actress — Nominated this year are Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts, August: Osage County, and June Scuibb, Nebraska.
This year’s supporting actress category is really diverse. There’s a couple of A-list stars (Roberts, Lawrence), a couple of first-time nominated actresses (Scuibb, Hawkins) and Nyong’o, who was nominated for the first movie she ever starred in. If that’s not setting the bar high, I don’t know what is.
I think the race is between two people — Jennifer Lawrence (aka J.Law to her hardcore fan base, such as myself) and Lupita (I don’t think she has a nickname yet). J.Law nailed it as the crazy wife of Christian Bale in American Hustle and Lupita moved moviegoers in her role as Patsey, a slave of an abusive plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave. While I love me some J.Law and would be ecstatic for her to win, I’m putting my money on Lupita. She’s not only won over the critics, but all of Hollywood has been talking about her performance. I don’t think the Academy can overlook that.
Best Supporting Actor —Up for the award are Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips, Bradley Cooper, American Hustle, Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave, Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.
This is yet another diverse category of actors and performances, all of them worthy of the Oscar. Barkhad was thrilling as Abduwali, a Somali pirate who takes over the ship of Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks), which was his first role ever in the movie business. Bradley played a very ambitious FBI agent in American Hustle, Jonah made moviegoers cringe as a sleazy stockbroker and Michael disgusted everyone in his portrayal as a sadistic plantation owner. Then, there’s Jared Leto.
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