Okay, I’ve seen all 9 nominees for Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, so it’s time to make some thoughts and predictions on the main categories. Here’s the full list, by the way.
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
I think the most likely recipient might be 12 Years a Slave. American Hustle is also a possibility, but I really hope not. Personally, I’d give it to either The Wolf of Wall Street or Her, both of which may be a little out there for the Academy.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
I think Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey are the front-runners here, and I’d be happy with either of them winning.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s performance, so I can’t comment on that. I hope Cate Blanchett gets it, and she probably will.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
I’d be perfectly happy with any of the nominees winning this, except for Bradley Cooper. Jared Leto feels like a pretty safe bet, but perhaps Jonah Hill will shake things up.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
I also haven’t seen Julia Roberts’ performance. I’m thinking possibly Lupita Nyong’o, but it’s a tough call.
Best Achievement in Directing:
The Academy do seem to love David O. Russell, but I hope he doesn’t get it. Martin Scorsese would be a good choice. I’m not sure if I can see them giving it to any of the others, but maybe.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
I definitely think Her should get this, but who knows? They could go for American Hustle or Blue Jasmine.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:
I’d really like it if Before Midnight won, but I think The Wolf of Wall Street is more likely.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
I’d be incredibly surprised if Frozen didn’t win.
And just some extra thoughts: I haven’t seen the other nominees, but I’d like it if The Hunt won for Best Foreign Language Film of the year. And again, although I haven’t seen the others, The Act of Killing should absolutely be considered for Best Documentary, Feature.
Here’s just a simple list of my favourite albums from this year.
In alphabetical order only.
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows
David Bowie - The Next Day
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
Rilo Kiley - RKives
Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
The Uncluded - Hokey Fright
This was a really great year for music, with some of my absolute favourite artists coming out with new material. In 2014, I’m looking forward to new albums from Broken Bells, The Notwist, Imogen Heap, Band of Skulls, Azealia Banks and Beck, to name a few.