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2014 OSCARS PREDICTIONS

“Gravity” or “12 Years a Slave”? Who will be victorious this March 2nd? The battle of the year in the most prestigious award ceremony in the world of cinema! And because of that, it was impossible to stay indifferent to all the fuzz around this ceremony. After the announcement of this year’s BAMBOO AWARDS’ winners, I am proud to announce my predictions for this Sunday Oscars ceremony!

BEST SOUND EDITING AND BEST SOUND MIXING

I know that this categories have different nominees but I honestly believe that the winner will be the same. So, there are four options left:

  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Lone Survivor

“Captain Phillips” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” were really great and in the second one the sound effects really made the difference. But no matter how good these two movies were, 2013 was the year of one of the most brilliant and innovative movies I’ve ever seen. Every little detail in “Gravity” was awesome, simply because the movie had a terrific atmosphere that made the audience believe that they were in space. The sound effects were therefore a really important piece of the puzzle. And I must confess that I haven’t seen “Lone Survivor” yet but after seeing “Gravity” it’s really difficult to overpower its technical details. So, my pick for BEST SOUND MIXING and BEST SOUND EDITING is GRAVITY!

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The nominees for this category are:

  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness

The Academy made good choices for the nominees but among the five it’s not difficult to say that it all comes down to “Gravity” or “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. The second one was visually beautiful and had really amazing effects. I was amazed with Smaug and I have to congratulate the team behind the visual effects because that dragon was awesome. This return to the world of LOTR is therefore a strong candidate to win this award. But, and I must say that it’s a really big “but”, the visual effects in “Gravity” were astonishing. In Cuáron’s masterpiece, I saw visual effects that were by far, more than just beautiful. These top quality effects impressed me a lot and after watching the movie I felt that every single technical aspect in “Gravity” was perfectly made and there’s a huge chance that this movie will sweep all the technical awards in this year’s Oscars ceremony. So, my pick is: GRAVITY.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The nominees for this category are:

  • Gravity
  • Her
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • The Great Gatsby

Year after year, the winners of this award (previously named BEST ART DIRECTION) are honored for the achievement in the art direction on the film. Four of these movies are nominated for BEST PICTURE and I know that this will sound a bit strange for those who haven’t seen it yet but if the Academy decides to recognize the movie that really deserves to win this award then none of the four main nominees will be victorious in this category. It’s the style, the irreverence, the elegance and the atmosphere of “The Great Gatsby” that made it the strong contender for this category. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Fitzgerald’s novel with the same name is therefore my pick for this category. I really believe that against all odds, the Academy will make the right decision by delivering the award to: THE GREAT GATSBY!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

The nominees are:

  • “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
  • “Let it Go” (Frozen)
  • “The Moon Song” (Her)
  • “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Among the four nominees, it’s clear for everyone that “Let it Go” from “Frozen” is definitely the strongest contender. It’s a beautifully written song and a powerful melody too. I am not stating that the rest of the nominees haven’t any chance but it’s really difficult for me to imagine other winner rather than: “LET IT GO” (Frozen).

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

The nominees are:

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

It’s true that “Dallas Buyers Club” is a great movie and is a contender for some of the biggest awards of the ceremony but I am pretty sure that it won’t stand a chance in this category when compared to “Bad Grandpa”. Johnny Knoxville makeup is wonderful to watch and a terrific achievement to recognize. So my pick is definitely: JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA!

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Nominees:

  • The Book Thief
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks

Probably will win: GRAVITY

BEST FILM EDITING

The nominees for this category are:

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • 12 Years a Slave

With very strong contenders for some of the most prestigious awards of the evening, in BEST FILM EDITING, every nominee has a chance to win. But after comparing all the nominees, I feel that “Gravity” has again a strong chance to win this award, since it’s technically superior. I am not questioning the quality of “Captain Phillips” or “Dallas Buyers Club” but I have to admit that even though they are strong contenders, it’s hard to overpower “Gravity” in this category. Therefore I think that the winner is: GRAVITY!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees:

  • American Hustle
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Invisible Woman
  • 12 Years a Salve

I haven’t seen yet “The Grandmaster” and “The Invisible Woman”, so I am only comparing the other 3 nominees. It’s possible that “The Great Gatsby” could win this award since the 1920’s costumes were pretty awesome but since David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” is in the list, I believe that there could be some surprises regarding this award. My pick is THE GREAT GATSBY.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees:

  • The Grandmaster
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners

I really enjoyed “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Prisoners” and I think that cinematography is one of their strongest aspects. Perhaps the strong contenders for this category are “Gravity” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” and both have strong chances to win this award but I believe that the Academy will decide to give the award to Cuáron’s masterpiece: GRAVITY.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The nominees for this category are:

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Her
  • Nebraska

I am a little bit divided between “American Hustle” and “Her”. After the Writers Guild Awards I confess that “Her” is taking the lead at this moment but there is still a chance for “American Hustle”. It will be really hard to predict the winner of this battle but I think that the winner will be: HER!

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The nominees are:

  • Before Midnight
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

After the Screen Guild Awards, “12 Years a Slave” lost some of its power in this category since “Captain Phillips” won the award for Adapted Screenplay. “Captain Phillips” and “12 Years a Slave” have amazing screenplays and are the two stronger contenders for this award. From slavery to piracy, my pick for this award is: 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

The nominees are:

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

The two main contenders, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence will compete in this category and I don’t know who should I pick as my favorite. I loved Lawrence’s performance but it’s impossible to stay indifferent to Lupita Nyong’o after watching “12 Years a Slave”. After deliberating a bit, my pick for this award is: LUPITA NYONG’O.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

The nominees are:

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

I don’t understand all the fuzz regarding Amy Adams’ chances in this category. Her performance was great but not that great when compared to Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”. Sandra Bullock’s performance was amazing but unfortunately for her, this is Blanchett’s category. Cate Blanchett’s performance in “Blue Jasmine” is a must see and is definitely one of her best interpretations. My pick for this category: CATE BLANCHETT.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Nominees:

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Jonah Hill and Michael Fassbender were great with their brilliant performances but I believe that the two main contenders are Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi. Barkhad’s performance gave a high level of intensity to “Captain Phillips” and he deserves to win this award but when compared with the amazing performance of Jared Leto, it’s fair enough to say that both of them deserve to be recognized. I will justify my pick with the fact that in the Awards Circle, Jared Leto won almost every single award for Best Supporting Actor. Therefore, my pick is: JARED LETO.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominees:

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

A 3 contenders race for this award. McConaughey swept almost every single award for Best Actor, Ejiofor won the BAFTA for Best Actor (McConaughey was not nominated) and DiCaprio won several awards for Best Actor (in a Comedy movie). The two stronger contenders are Ejiofor and McConaughey based on the Academy preferences and in the awards they won in the Awards Circle. Ejiofor’s performance is powerful and amazing but McConaughey made the performance of his life in “Dallas Buyers Club”. I think that the winner will be: MATHEW MCCONAUGHEY.

BEST DIRECTING

The nominees are:

  • American Hustle (David O. Russell)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

Alfonso Cuáron won the most important awards for this category so therefore he is the frontrunner for this Sunday’s ceremony. But still there is a slight chance for Steve McQueen and Martin Scorsese. “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” are great movies but it’s clear for everyone that Alfonso Cuáron did an exceptional job by directing one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen. My pick for this category is: ALFONSO CUÁRON.

BEST PICTURE

Despite having nine nominees it’s clear that this year’s Best Picture category is basically the fight of the year between the 2 movies that impressed the most critics and audience worldwide. The nominees for this category are:

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

“Gravity” or “12 Years a Slave”? They were terrific movies, one with a powerful and shocking story and the other one was a technical masterpiece. “12 Years a Slave” won in almost every award ceremony the prize for Best Picture of the year while “Gravity” managed to sweep the competition in the technical categories. There’s a huge chance that this year’s winner won’t be victorious in the Best Directing, just like “Argo” in the previous year. My pick for this category will be based in the fact that “12 Years a Slave” had a better screenplay and a more captivating story. A 2 hour long drama that provoked and shocked the audience with a true story. It will be hard for Steve McQueen to get the Best Directing award but in this category I strongly believe that the Academy will choose: 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

Share your thoughts and don’t forget to follow @PandasChoice in twitter. Don’t miss the greatest award ceremony in the world of cinema. Watch this year’s nominees and the Oscars ceremony this Sunday night!

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