My Thoughts on the 2014 Oscar Nominations

So it’s that time of year again when I give my thoughts on the major awards nominations. This year though, since I don’t really have time to cover all of them and seeing how I’ve already missed the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, I’m just going to cover the Oscars.

Best Film:
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave
Missing: Before Midnight/Fruitvale Station/The World’s End/The Kings of Summer

Best Director:
Will Win: Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave/Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Missing: Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips/Edgar Wright – The World’s End/Ryan Coogler – Fruitvale Station

Best Actor:
Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Missing: Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips/Michael B Jordan – Fruitvale Station/Michael Shannon – The Iceman/James McAvoy – Filth/Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Actress:
Will Win: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Should Win: Sandra Bullock – Gravity/Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Missing: Julie Delpy – Before Midnight/Lake Bell – In A World/Amy Acker – Much Ado About Nothing

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave/Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Missing: Paul Dano – 12 Years a Slave/Benedict Cumberbatch – 12 Years a Slave/Nathan Fillion – Much Ado About Nothing

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win: Lupita N’yongo – 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: Lupita N’yongo – 12 Years a Slave/June Squibb – Nebraska
Missing: Sarah Paulson – 12 Years a Slave/Ellen Page – The East

Best Animated Film:
Will Win: Frozen
Should Win: Frozen
Missing: None

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win: The Great Beauty
Should Win: The Hunt
Missing: Blue is the Warmest Colour/Wadja

Best Documentary:
Will Win: The Act of Killing
Should Win: The Act of Killing
Missing: Blackfish

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Win: Her
Should Win: Nebraska
Missing: In A World/The World’s End/Fruitvale Station/The Kings of Summer/The East

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave/Before Midnight
Missing: Much Ado About Nothing

Best Production Design:
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave/Gravity
Missing: The World’s End/Pacific Rim

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Missing: 12 Years a Slave/Pacific Rim/The World’s End

Best Costume Design:
Will Win: American Hustle
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave
Missing: Thor: The Dark World/Oz: The Great and Powerful/The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Editing:
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Should Win: 12 Years a Slave
Missing: The World’s End/Side Effects/Trance

Best Makeup:
Will Win: Dallas Buyers Club
Should Win: Dallas Buyers Club
Missing: Rush/12 Years a Slave/Thor: The Dark World

Best Score:
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Missing: 12 Years a Slave/Pacific Rim

Best Song:
Will Win: Let It Go – Frozen
Should Win: Let It Go – Frozen
Missing: Atlas – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Visual Effects:
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Missing: Pacific Rim

Best Sound Editing:
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Missing: 12 Years a Slave/Pacific Rim

Best Sound Mixing:
Will Win: Gravity
Should Win: Gravity
Missing: 12 Years a Slave/Pacific Rim

So there you have it, my thoughts on this years Oscar nominations. Overall, I’m fairly mixed with these. I’m glad that Gravity and 12 Years a Slave have a lot of nominations but the complete snubbing of Fruitvale Station, along with Paul Greengrass not being nominated for Best Director just doesn’t feel right to me. Then again, there will always be Oscar decisions that I don’t agree with.

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