2014 Academy Award Predictions

I must issue a disclaimer: this list of possible nominations is not as well-researched as it has been in previous years, given the workload and schedule I have been dealing with in my last year at college (ah, the end is in sight!). Anyway, here’s what I’m thinking at the moment – we’ll see what happens when the real nominations are announced tomorrow morning (8:30 am Eastern Standard Time, by none other than Chris Hemsworth).

Best Picture (up to 10 nominees, though it won’t necessarily be this many): American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Her; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; Philomena; Saving Mr. Banks; 12 Years a Slave; The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Best Actor: Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Brühl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Before Midnight; Captain Phillips; Philomena; 12 Years a Slave; The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle; Blue Jasmine; Her; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska

Best Cinematography: Gravity; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; Prisoners; 12 Years a Slave

Best Film Editing: American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Rush; 12 Years a Slave

Best Costume Design: American Hustle; The Great Gatsby; The Invisible Woman; Saving Mr. Banks; 12 Years a Slave

Best Sound Editing***: All Is Lost; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Rush [I’m not sure what else]

Best Sound Mixing: All Is Lost; Captain Phillips; Gravity; Inside Llewyn Davis; Rush

Best Production Design: American Hustle; Gravity; The Great Gatsby; Her; 12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: American Hustle; Dallas Buyers Club; The Great Gatsby

Best Visual Effects: Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Iron Man 3; Pacific Rim; Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Original Song: “Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), “Happy” (Despicable Me 2), “Let It Go” (Frozen), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “Young and Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)

Best Original Score: All Is Lost; Gravity; Her; Saving Mr. Banks; 12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown; The Grandmaster; The Great Beauty; The Hunt; Omar

Best Documentary (Features): The Act of Killing; Blackfish; Stories We Tell; Tim’s Vermeer; 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Animated Feature: The Croods; Despicable Me 2; Frozen; Monsters University; The Wind Rises

I’m leaving out Best Short Film (Animated), Best Short Film (Live Action) and Best Documentary (Short Subjects) since I’m not aware of what the possible nominees are.

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