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Oscars 2014 Predictions

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As we sit on the precipice of the 86th annual Academy Awards, Culture Shack looks ahead to give you predictions of the top categories. The past year has been a real bumper crop of exceptional films, leading to some really tough decisions to make with my predictions.

Best Picture

Perhaps the category I struggled to predict most, this year’s Best Picture nominees are of an extremely high standard. Nine very different films, both thematically and stylistically, I’m backing 12 Years a Slave to pick up the award.

Best Director

An award which I’d happily see collected by any of it’s nominees, I’ve plumped for Steve McQueen to win for 12 Years a Slave. If found the winner, then McQueen will be the first black recipient of the award.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

In terms of pouring themselves into a role and completely taking on a character, the Academy Award should be given to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. Competition is tough for the men this year, with strong performances for very powerful characters from all five actors.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

For sheer performance factor and forcing the viewer to truly believe in and invest in a character, the award in this category should go to Cate Blanchett for her turn as the titular character in Blue Jasmine.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

For this category, I really think there’s only one name worth mentioning; Jared Leto. As Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto delivers a truly breathtaking, emotional performance.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Having to reign in my inner Jennifer Lawrence fangirl and taking a subjective look at this category is difficult, and a much as I would love Jennifer to win her second Oscar, I think that the deserved winner of the category is Lupita Nyong’o.

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Predicting the 2013 Oscars

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With the 2013 Oscars ceremony taking place later tonight, I look ahead with my predictions of some of the categories.

Best Picture
I don’t think this category can be much tighter. This year has been a great year for nominees. Given the absence of a Best Director nomination for Ben Affleck, I think Argo will be given the Best Picture award.

Best Actor
Another close run category here I think. Whilst Daniel Day-Lewis is being lorded as the favourite to win, I’ve gone with Hugh Jackman in my own predictions.

Best Actress
Given all the awards success for Jennifer Lawrence pre-Oscars, I’m giving my prediction to her.

Best Supporting Actor
I’ve gone with Tommy Lee Jones to win this award. A controversial choice, perhaps, but I stand by my decision.

Best Supporting Actress
I think there can only be one winner in this category, and if I was Anne Hathaway, I’d have been practicing my acceptance speech for weeks. I think it’s going to take some real upset for her not to win this award, but stranger things have happened, right?

Best Animated Film
I’d be happy with any of the nominees winning the award in this category, I’ve truly enjoyed all of the films on offer here, but I’d really like to see Frankenweenie take the award home.