The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 2, starting at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
The front-runners for this year’s golden statues are most likely “American Hustle” and “Gravity” with 10 nominations each, as well as “12 Years a Slave” with multiple nominations. One of these three films is sure to take the Oscar for Best Picture. A lot of film experts are betting on “12 Years a Slave,” or “Gravity.” I’m taking a risk and betting on “American Hustle,” which was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actor Guild Awards.
Winning Best Director at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, I think it’s safe to say that director of “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron, will take home the Oscar for Best Director. His film will also likely win Best Cinematography and Best Editing.
This category is loaded with incredible acting performances from greats like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale. Matthew McConaughey is most likely to win Best Actor for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He has already been awarded the Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award for his leading performance as an HIV/AIDS victim, which he lost 40 pounds for.
This category is stacked with great performances from the likes of Sandra Bullock in “Gravity,” Amy Adams in “American Hustle,” Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County” and Judi Dench in “Philomena.” Cate Blanchett is the favored prediction in this category for her performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” already winning the Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award.
Best Supporting Actor
Jared Letto is likely to win the Oscar for his performance as an AIDS positive transgender woman, in “Dallas Buyers Club,” already winning the Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award.
Best Supporting Actress
This one will be a tight race between Lupita Nyong’o from “12 Years a Slave” and Jennifer Lawrence from “American Hustle.” Lawrence nabbed the Golden Globe, but Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, won the SAG Award and Critics Choice Award. I wouldn’t be surprised if America’s Sweetheart Lawrence grabbed her second Oscar this year, but we shall see.
Best Animated Feature
The nominees for Best Animated Feature are “Frozen,” “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine” and “The Wind Rises.” Winning the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, Disney’s musical “Frozen” is most likely to take home the gold.
Best Costume Design
The Best Costume Design nominees all feature period pieces, such as the ’70s ensembles in “American Hustle,” the mid 1800s pieces in “12 Years a Slave” and the roaring ’20s costumes in“The Great Gatsby.” My prediction is that the “The Great Gatsby” fashion designer, Catherine Martin will score her second Oscar for Best Costume Design, winning previously for 2001’s “Moulin Rouge.” If so, this will be the second time “The Great Gatsby” has won Best Costume Design, winning the same Oscar for the 1974 version.