Tonight is the night, the 87th annual Academy Awards. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see every movie like I did last year. But I still attempted to make picks based on the movies I had seen. Below are those picks for the six big awards, best supporting actor and actress, best actor and actress, best director, and best picture.
It’s that time of year again, the biggest awards show of the year is upon us. 2013 brought some of the best movies I have ever seen and there are many worthy nominees this year. For the first time, I have not only seen every movie nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, but also all the movies with acting nominees. These are my picks, who I would give the awards to if it was only up to me. As I point out below, some of them are different that who is expected to win, but I make sure to explain why. With that cleared up, I present my 2014 Oscar predictions.
The aids crisis of the 1980’s was a tragic period in American history, and Dallas Buyers Club is a movie that really shines light on all the problems that arose from the crisis. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, the film tells the incredible story of Ron Woodroof, who when diagnosed with aids, does everything he can to survive as long as he can. Even when the FDA tries to stop him. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
One part investigative journalism, one part a story of a mother looking for her son, Philomena tells a true story of love, loss and faith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, the movie tells the true-story of Philomena Lee whose son was taken from her 50 years ago, and Martin Sixsmith, a troubled journalist who helps her find him. You can watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
A con man helping a cop catch corrupt politicians. That in a nutshell is the premise behind David O. Russell’s new movie, American Hustle. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K., the movie follows Irving Rosenfield as he juggles avoiding arrest and relationships, while still pulling off cons. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read the review.
Corruption on the stock exchange is very real and no one captured that better in the 1990’s than Jordan Belfort. So when Martin Scorsese decides to tell that story, he goes all out with three-hours of spectacular chaos. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Cristin Milioti, Jon Faverau and Rob Reiner, this movie follows convicted fraud felon Belfort, and how he built and lost his empire. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
Director Alexander Payne returns to his midwest roots with a stunning tale of an old man going on a journey, Nebraska. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk, Nebraska follows a father and son who travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million dollar prize. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
What happens when a man falls in love with his phone? That is the fundamental question that Spike Jonze explores in his new film, her. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, the movie follows the emotional relationship between Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) and his operating system, Samantha (Johansson). Watch the trailer after the jump and the read my review.
The world lost an amazing film critic today when Roger Ebert passed away at age 70. He had struggled with cancer for many years but worked as a critic for many more, 46 in total for the Chicago Suns-Times. When cancer took his jaw and ability to speak in 2006, he refused to slow down and used the internet to continue to communicate. His twitter account has over 800,000 followers and his website gets millions of clicks every day.
There is something special about the Academy Awards. The glitz and glamour of the event, along with the history of the medium, make each Oscar ceremony stand out. For the first time since I started following the award circuit in 2009, I was able to see all the Best Picture nominees before the big day. And for the first time I reviewed the films on this site and can now make sound predictions. Read on to see who I think will take home Oscar tonight.