2014 Oscar Nominations Predictions


On the eve of the 2014 Oscar nominations, everyone and their mother in the blogosphere is busy predicting which films and which performances will find themselves among the nominees in contention for that ever-famous golden statuette. It’s been a very interesting race up to this point, with various films and performances taking the title of “favorite” and others once-considered locks falling by the wayside.

Of course, there are a number of other possibilities in each category — Inside Llewyn Davis, for instance, could make its way into the Best Picture race, while Saving Mr. Banks or The Wolf of Wall Street could slide out, and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) is always a possibility in the Best Actress race whenever she stars — but I’ve decided not to list the films or performances that I think are just on the outside. It’s a good way to keep myself honest, I suppose. Speculation is good, but I’m either right or I’m wrong. I will, however, gladly say that I think Her could play spoiler in a few below-the-line categories — it’s a film whose support from within the Academy is hard to gauge, but whose production values and overall quality seem hard to ignore.

With that said, here are the films I believe will hear their names called the most tomorrow morning, as well as a breakdown of my predictions for each category — except for the shorts, which are always a crapshoot. Below are my total nomination predictions for each of my predicted Best Picture nominees:

12 Years A Slave: 12 nominations
American Hustle: 10 nominations
Gravity: 10 nominations
Captain Phillips: 8 nominations
Nebraska: 5 nominations
Her: 5 nominations
Dallas Buyers Club: 5 nominations
The Wolf of Wall Street: 4 nominations
Saving Mr. Banks: 3 nominations

And below are my 2014 Oscar nomination predictions for each of the categories in play, save for those pesky shorts. Read on!


Best Picture
1. 12 Years A Slave
2. American Hustle
3. Gravity
4. Captain Phillips
5. Her
6. Nebraska
7. Dallas Buyers Club
8. The Wolf of Wall Street
9. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Actor
1. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
2. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
3. Bruce Dern, Nebraska
4. Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
5. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Supporting Actor
1. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
2. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
3. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
4. Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
5. Daniel Bruhl, Rush

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. 12 Years A Slave
2. Before Midnight
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
4. Captain Phillips
5. Philomena

Best Animated Feature
1. Frozen
2. The Wind Rises
3. Monsters University
4. The Croods
5. Ernest and Celestine

Best Foreign Language Film
1. The Great Beauty
2. The Hunt
3. The Broken Circle Breakdown
4. The Grandmaster
5. Omar

Best Original Score
1. 12 Years A Slave
2. Gravity
3. All Is Lost
4. Saving Mr. Banks
5. The Book Thief

Best Sound Mixing
1. Gravity
2. Captain Phillips
3. All Is Lost
4. Rush
5. Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Production Design
1. The Great Gatsby
2. 12 Years A Slave
3. Gravity
4. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
5. American Hustle

Best Cinematography
1. Gravity
2. 12 Years A Slave
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. Nebraska
5. Prisoners

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
1. American Hustle
2. Dallas Buyers Club
3. The Great Gatsby

Best Director
1. Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
2. Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
3. David O. Russell, American Hustle
4. Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
5. Spike Jonze, Her

Best Actress
1. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2. Amy Adams, American Hustle
3. Judi Dench, Philomena
4. Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
5. Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Best Supporting Actress
1. Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years A Slave
2. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
3. June Squibb, Nebraska
4. Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
5. Julia Roberts, August Osage: County

Best Original Screenplay
1. Her
2. American Hustle
3. Blue Jasmine
4. Nebraska
5. Dallas Buyers Club

Best Documentary Feature
1. The Act of Killing
2. Stories We Tell
3. 20 Feet from Stardom
4. Blackfish
5. The Square

Best Film Editing
1. American Hustle
2. Gravity
3. 12 Years A Slave
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
5. Captain Phillips

Best Original Song
1. “Let It Go”, Frozen
2. “Young and Beautiful”, The Great Gatsby
3. “Ordinary Love”, Mandela
4. “The Moon Song”, Her
5. “So You Know What It’s Like”, Short Term 12

Best Sound Editing
1. Gravity
2. Captain Phillips
3. All Is Lost
4. Rush
5. 12 Years A Slave

Best Visual Effects
1. Gravity
2. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
3. Pacific Rim
4. Iron Man 3
5. World War Z

Best Costume Design
1. The Great Gatsby
2. 12 Years A Slave
3. American Hustle
4. Oz the Great and Powerful
5. Her


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