A Look at This Year’s Academy Award Nominees

The 86th Annual Oscars are Sunday night, March 2nd. The Red Carpet Event begins at 6pm and the awards start at 7:30pm on ABC, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Who’s Nominated This Year?
Here are the nominees in some of the most popular categories.

'American Hustle'
‘American Hustle’

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

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

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'
Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

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

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

August: Osage County
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Julianne Nicholson and Margo Martindale in ‘August: Osage County.’

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

Who will take home Oscar?

This past year was a pretty great year for movies. Out of the major categories above, there’s not a single film or actor that doesn’t deserve a win. But, there can only be one winner per category, so who’s it going to be?

Many times, you can guess who the winners will be by looking at the award recipients from other awards such as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and the Golden Globes.

Best Picture
At the SAG Awards, American Hustle was honored for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast;’ whereas, 12 Years a Slave was honored at the Golden Globes with ‘Best Motion Picture, Drama’ and American Hustle received ‘Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.’ Although all the films in this category are great, it seems it’s a race between 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle. But I say it’s anyone’s game, because Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street are extremely well done films.

Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were honored at both the SAG’s and Globes for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club. I’ve never seen McConaughey or Leto so good in a film before. I think Leto has Best Supporting Actor in the bag but McConaughey’s group is a tough one– Ejiofor may take home Best Actor for his strong performance in 12 Years a Slave.

Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress
It seems opinions are bit split on who should receive the Best Actress Award: the SAG’s gave it to Amy Adams and the Golden Globes gave it to Cate Blanchett. Despite that, rumors are swirling that Sandra Bullock deserves it for her role in the raved about ‘Gravity.’ But what about Judi Dench and Meryl Streep, two veteran actresses who knocked the ball out of the park in their respective films? I think the Best Actress Award is a toss up–I wouldn’t want to have to make that decision.

Supporting Actress seems to be a Jennifer Lawrence vs Lupita Nyong’o match. But (there’s always a but), June Squibb has received a lot of praise for Nebraska and we can’t count out Julia Roberts so easily. If Jennifer Lawrence wins, she will be in the history books as one of the few actresses to win back-to-back Academy Awards.

We’ll have to tune in Sunday night. Who are you rooting for?



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