Sanuk Film Club: Oscars Preview Part 1

blog.postedby: Tony Vercelli Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:40:09 +0000

Well folks it’s that time of the year again, the Academy Awards are back and there is plenty to be excited about. With so many great films and performances in the last year, the 86th Oscars are sure to be one to remember. To get you geared up for Sunday, Sanuk Film Club has compiled a two part series providing you with some predictions on the big awards and much more. So without further adieu, here are our predictions for the six main awards.


Best Picture:
We watched every movie on the Best Picture nominee list (except for that old people movie ‘Philomena,’ which won’t win, so whatever), and we really enjoyed them all. Here are the nominees:

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Front Runners: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle
Underdog: Gravity

Winner: Gravity. 12 Years a Slave comes close, but we’ve seen that story before. Gravity was something we’ve never seen before and it has pushed filmmaking even further. Though 12 Years is the favorite, we are going with the underdog Gravity for its incredible direction and cinematography with compelling storytelling to boot.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
This might be the heaviest category of the year, as all of these actors turned in absolutely fantastic performances. The range of characters portrayed by these actors are so different from each other, it makes this category particularly intriguing. Here are the nominees:

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Front Runner: Matthew McConaughey
Underdogs: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio

Winner: Matthew McConaughey. This was definitely the heavyweight category of the year. Both Ejiofor and DiCaprio were equally fantastic in their roles for different reasons, but this straight up has been Matthew McConaughey’s year. This role has cemented his resurrection and an Oscar award will only validate it. This truly is the year of Matthew. Alright, allllright, allllrighttt!


Best Actress in a Leading Role:
While the attention has been primarily on male performances this year, female actresses have turned in some riveting performances as well. Here are the nominees:

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Front Runner: Cate Blanchett
Underdogs: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

Winner: Cate Blanchett. Amy Adams was wonderful in her role in American Hustle, but Woody Allen has a knack for writing and developing amazing performances for women. Throw Cate Blanchett into a Woody Allen role and the recipe creates an Oscar winning performance.


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
In a year that included some strong performances, one was from somebody who had never acted before. That is Somalian Barkhad Abdi for his role in Captain Phillips. Truth be told, we didn’t even watch the movie with subtitles. But he was so good with emotion, we knew exactly what he was talking about. With that said, there were plenty of noteworthy performances in this category. Here are the nominees:

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Front Runner: Jared Leto
Underdogs: Jonah Hill, Barkhad Abdi

Winner: Jared Leto. While Abdi’s performance was ambitious as any, this was Jared Leto’s category. He completely surrendered himself to an very core of his character both physically and emotionally, and for that he win take home the Oscar.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
There’s Jennifer Lawrence, and then there’s everyone else. Could it be two Oscars in as many years for Lawrence? Here are the nominees:

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

Front Runner: Jennifer Lawrence
Underdog: Lupita Nyong’o

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence. Like I said before, Jennifer Lawrence. ‘Nuff said.

Best Directing:
A year with phenomenal films only means exceptional direction. There are plenty of heavyweights in this category this year, but there is one Director that separates himself from the pack. Here are the nominees:

David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorcese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Front Runners: Alfonso Cuaron, Martin Scorese
Underdog: Steve McQueen

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron. Gravity was unlike anything we’ve seen in theaters before, and it was Cuaron’s imagination and execution that brought this film to life. The task in creating something as big and beautiful yet simple as Gravity takes an immense amount of vision and creativity. The other directors should be applauded for their work, but this year the category belongs to Cuaron.


And there you have it! Stay tuned for tomorrow where we will be posting part 2 of our Oscars preview with more predictions and some prop bets to bring to your Oscars viewing party!

To check out the list of all nominees, click here.

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