2014 Oscar Predictions

Well it’s that time of the year again folks! This time tomorrow we’ll know what won, but for now have a look at some predictions. Below you’ll find my predictions for what will Will Win in most categories. However, as happens every year, The Academy does get it wrong every now and then. In my opinion at least. So I’ve very thoughtfully added what I believe Should Win in each Category:

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave – Will Win
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
– Should Win
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street) – Should Win
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) – Will Win
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – Will/Should Win 

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) – Will Win
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) – Should Win
Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) – Will Win
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – Should Win
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best Director
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) – Will/Should Win
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena) – Will/Should Win

Best Original Screenplay
David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)
Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
Spike Jonze (Her) – Will/Should Win
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises
Will/Should Win
Despicable Me 2

The Croods
Ernest & Celestine

Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
– Will/Should Win
12 Years a Slave

Best Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)
“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen) – Will/Should Win
“The Moon Song” (Her)
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score
John Williams (The Book Thief)
Steven Price (Gravity) – Will Win
Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)
William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her) – Should Win

Best Cinematography
Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) – Will/Should Win
Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby – Will/Should Win
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Lone Ranger
Dallas Buyers Club – Will/Should Win
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby – Will/Should Win
12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity – Will/Should Win
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
Gravity Will/Should Win
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor
Inside Llewyn Davis

Visual Effects
Gravity –Will/Should Win
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

As you can see I have Gravity tipped to win the most awards this year including Best Film. But with such a rich choice, it seems the big awards could all be spread out well among different films. Gravity is of course worthy of winning Best Film but personally I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for Her.

Join me from 01:30GMT on twitter as I live tweet the ceremony @movie_mad. I may be around from 11:30 live tweeting the red carpet a bit but it all depends on how much of Ryan Seacrest I can stand…

NB. There are some categories I haven’t predicted because I’ve not seen the films nominated. These include:

Best Foreign Film

Best Documentary Feature

Short Film Live Action

Short Film Animated

Documentary Short