A Lars List

Oscar Predictions

lars logoLast year, my misfires were more glaring than my bulls eyes. These things are subjective, after all. And what would the Academy Awards be without a few surprises, right?

So, with no further adieu, the Oscar goes to:

BEST PICTURE:  12 Years a Slave   I will be very surprised if this film doesn’t win. My choice? Gravity.

BEST ACTOR:  Matthew McConaughey   Definitely the front-runner, and deservedly so. Outstanding performance by one of the nicest guys in the biz. Chiwetel Ejiofor, also deserving, the potential upset winner.

BEST ACTRESS:  Cate Blanchett   No competition here. Stellar work from one of the world’s great actors.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Jared Leto    Safest bet of the night. Mark your ballot and move on.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Lupita Nyong’o    Hoping she wins. Thinking she’ll win. “Eat the fish, bitch!” Nope.

Gravity posterBEST DIRECTOR:  Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity   Better win.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Her by Spike Jonze   Should win, altho there are some legal issues over…thievery! So proceed with caution.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:  12 Years A Slave by John Ridley   Sentimentally pulling for my old pal Craig Borten and his partner Melisa Wallack and their Dallas Buyers Club script (20 yr labor of love), but I think 12 Years is a safe pick.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity   Sure, the CGI effects are phenomenal, but there’s still a lot of in-camera brilliance here.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:  The Wind Rises   Have not seen any of the nominees, but I’m familiar with this filmmaker and he’s the real deal.

BEST COSTUME:  Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby

BEST EDITING:  Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:  Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams from Despicable Me 2

BEST MAKEUP & HAIR:  Dallas Buyers Club

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:  The Great Gatsby

BEST SOUND EDITING:  Gravity

BEST SOUND MIXING:  Gravity

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:  Gravity

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