Oscar Predictions: 2013 Films

Lane Lubell 86th Academy Awards

Here are my Oscar Oscar Predictions, either I’m getting better at this, or the Academy is avoiding upsets; because I only got two categories wrong this year!!! Best so far! 

Lane J Lubell

Will: 12 Years a Slave or Gravity
Could: American Hustle
Should: Her
Missing: Blue Jasmine

Will: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Could: Leonardo DiCaprio -Wolf of Wall Street
Should: Dicaprio or Bruce Dern -Nebraska
Missing: Joaquin Phoenix – Her

Will: Cate Blanchett -Blue Jasmine
Could: Amy Adams – American Hustle
Should: Blanchett
Missing: Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

Supporting Actor: 
Will: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Could: Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Should: Leto or Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Missing: Will Forte – Nebraska

Supporting Actress:
Will: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Could: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Should: Lawrence 
Missing: Scarlet Johannson – Her

Best Director:
Will: Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Could: Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Should: David O. Russell – American Hustle
Missing: Spike Jonze – Her

Best Original Screenplay:
Will: Spike Jonze – Her
Could: David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer – American Hustle
Should: Jonze 
Missing: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright – The World’s End 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will: John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Could: Terrence Winter – Wolf of Wall Street or Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, & Richard Linklater – Before Midnight 
Should: Ridley or Winter
Missing: Jonathan Levine – Warm Bodies 

Art Direction:
Will: Catherine Martin and Beverly Dunn – The Great Gatsby 
Could: K.K. Barrett and Gene Sedena – Her
Should: Her 
Missing: Jess Goncher and Deborah Jenson – Inside Llewyn Davis

Animated Film:
Will: Frozen
Could: The Wind Rises 
Should: Frozen
Missing: Monsters University

Will: Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Could: Roger Deakins – Prisoners
Should: Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska
Missing: Sean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave

Costume Design: 
Will: Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby
Could: Michael Wilkinson – American Hustle
Should: American Hustle
Missing: Casey Storm – Her

Film Editing: 
Will: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger – Gravity
Could: Christopher Rouse – Captain Philips
Should: Jay Cassidy, Crispen Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten – American Hustle
Missing: Dan Hanley & Mike Hill – Rush

Make Up & Hairstyling
Will: Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews – Dallas Buyers Club
Could: Stephen Prouty – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Should: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Missing: Ve Neill and Nikolletta Skarlatos – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Music: Original Score:
Will: Stephen Price – Gravity
Could: William Butler (Arcade Fire) & Owen Pallett – Her
Should: Her
Missing: Hanz Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

Best Music: Original Song: 
Will: “Let It Go” – Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez – Frozen
Could: “Ordinary Love” – Music by U2, Lyrics by Bono – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Should: Let it Go or “The Moon Song” – Music by Karen O., Lyrics by Karen O. & Spike Jonze – Her 
Missing: “Atlas” – Music & Lyrics by Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Sound Editing: 
Will: Gravity – Glenn Freemantle
Could: Lone Survivor – Wylie Stateman, or Oliver Tarney – Captain Philips
Should: All Is Lost – Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Missing: 12 Years a Slave

Sound Mixing: 
Will: Gravity – Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro
Could: Captain Philips – Chris Burton, MarkTaylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Chris Munro
Should: Inside Llewyn Davis – Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland
Missing: Rush

Visual Effects: 
Will: Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, and Chris Corbould
Could: Star Trek Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, and Burt Dalton
Should: Gravity
Missing: Man of Steel

Documentary Feature:
Will: The Act of Killing 
Could: 20 Feet From Stardom
Should: The Act of Killing 
Missing: Stories We Tell

Short Film – Live Action: 
Will: Helium (Denmark)
Could: The Voorman Project (UK)
Should: Helium or Voorman
Missing: n/a

Short Film – Animated:
Will: Get a Horse 
Could: Mr. Hublot
Should: Get a Horse
Missing: n/a

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will: The Great Beauty (Italy)
Could: The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
Should: The Great Beauty 
Missing: Blue is the Warmest Color (France) (inexplicably ineligible)

UPDATE: Spike Jonze deserves his prize. I do wish American Hustle didn’t go home empty handed, though (Lawrence should have won!)

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