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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Oscar post-mortem

lupita-nyong'oIf you skipped the Oscars broadcast and were planning to watch it later, I’d like to take a few moments and save you three and a half hours. Here’s what you missed:

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The 2014 Oscars – Predicting the winners

Well, now the pressure’s on. Last year worked out well for me in the Oscar predicting department as I got 19 out of 24 – a personal best. I’d really like to get 20 or more this time around, but as usual it won’t be an easy task. Let’s begin…

Oscars 2014Best Picture: Last year was no mystery, as Argo swept the precursor awards on its way to claiming the Oscar. Things are quite similar this year, with the only spot of intrigue being a historic tie at the Producers Guild Awards between 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. I’d like to see Gravity win, but if my previous prediction write-ups have taught me anything, it’s that my personal preference means zilch. Given this, and Gravity’s overwhelming odds of winning several other Oscars on Sunday, I will pencil in Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas as the winners for 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor: Hey, Matthew McConaughey, you ever won an Oscar? No? Well it’d be a lot cooler if you did. A win for anyone who didn’t once play Wooderson in Dazed And Confused would be pretty surprising here. McConaughey’s work in Dallas Buyers Club was strong, so even though I think Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves the nod here, I can’t hate. Matthew McConaughey for the win. Alright, alright, alright…

Best Actress: Even the stink of the revived Woody Allen controversy can’t taint what Cate Blanchett achieved in Blue Jasmine. Her strongest competition here comes from Amy Adams, who has four previous Oscar nominations under her belt with no wins. And of course Meryl Streep can never be discounted. But Blanchett has cleaned up this awards season. With wins at the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the BAFTAs, and the Critics’ Choice Awards already to her credit, Cate Blanchett is the safe bet. Whoa, that rhymed.

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