My Oscar Picks

Fresh off yesterday’s five movie marathon at AMC Theatres’ Best Picture Showcase and four movies the previous Saturday, here are my Oscar picks for this year’s Academy Awards.

  • Best Picture – Gravity
  • Actor – Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Supporting Actor – Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Director – Alfonso Cuaró, Gravity
  • Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze, Her
  • Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
  • Film Editing – Gravity
  • Cinematography – Gravity
  • Production Design – The Great Gatsby *
  • Animated Feature – Frozen
  • Animated Short Film – Get a Horse
  • Documentary Feature – The Act of Killing *
  • Documentary Short – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life *
  • Live Action Short Film – Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) *
  • Foreign Language Film – The Hunt (Denmark) *
  • Costume Design – American Hustle
  • Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club
  • Visual Effects – Gravity
  • Sound Mixing – Gravity
  • Sound Editing – Gravity
  • Original Score – Gravity
  • Original Song – “Let It Go,” music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen

I’ve marked by WAGs *(wild ass guesses) with an asterisk. If I haven’t watched any of the films in a category, I’ve either guessed or went with Entertainment Weekly’s pick.

I always struggle on selecting who I think will win as compared to who I think should win. This year, I probably leaned more towards who I think should win with many of my picks.  Of everything I watched this year, Gravity is still the one that I keep coming back to as the movie that completely blew me away. It looks amazing, sounds incredible, and takes the viewer on a white-knuckle roller coaster ride for survival that leaves you breathless at the end of the film.  I know that it has a number of inaccuracies, but I’m OK with that. It is a movie after all, not a documentary.  Plus, I don’t think there’s any movie better suited to viewing in 3D. Simply amazing.

I expect big things from Frozen this year as well. Probably Disney’s best animated work in years, and a soundtrack that is on a regular loop on all my audio devices.  Hang around me long enough and you’ll catch me either humming or singing Let It Go and the rest of its amazing songs.