Her and Frozen should expect Oscars in our 2014 Academy Award Predictions – Part 2

Moving on to all the genre specific categories, depending on your taste of animated, documentary or foreign films will tell a lot on what you have or haven’t seen here.  I found these specific categories a bit weak overall with only a couple of gems.  The last two are my favorite categories, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay. Some of my favorite films always end up in these categories and usually the winners are in my top ten.  Part 2 of my 2014 Academy Award Predictions are:

Weekend box office Frozen

Best animated feature film of the year
“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

The biggest notable detail about this list is reigning champ, Pixar is nowhere to be found.  Ironically, I did not think BRAVE deserved to win last year but my favorite animated film MONSTERS UNIVERSITY was left off the ballot entirely.  Unless voters feel like rewarding Hayao Miyazaki for what is supposedly his last directorial animated film in THE WIND RISES (which is one of his weakest features), Disney’s FROZEN has this one in the bag.

Winner – FROZEN

Possible Upset – THE WIND RISES

Best foreign language film of the year
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

This is the only category that I was unable to see all the nominees, so I feel a little inadequate on my prediction.  After BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR didn’t make the nomination cut, this category appears to be an open race.  THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is an interesting family concept, while THE HUNT is probably my worst nightmare.  At the end of the day, I think the positivity from THE GREAT BEAUTY will be the deciding factor.

Winner: THE GREAT BEAUTY

The Act of Killing

Best documentary feature
“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

THE STORIES WE TELL and TIM’S VERMEER were two of my favorite documentaries and they weren’t even nominated.  With that said, the best and most overwhelmingly influential belongs to THE ACT OF KILLING.  It is shocking what these professional killers casually admit, but it is even more amazing how the documentary makes them face their dirty deeds.  Following the unsung heroes of backup singers, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM might be one of the better musical based films.  The Academy has been kinder to the softer side of documentaries so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it as the preferred choice.

Winner: THE ACT OF KILLING

Possible Winner: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM

Adapted screenplay
“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

I can’t express my happiness enough about the nomination for BEFORE MIDNIGHT.  Really all the nominees are wonderful in this category but I predict the powerful 12 YEARS A SLAVE will pick up one of its few wins in this category.

Winner: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Joaquin Phoenix in Her

Original screenplay
“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

I’m nervous about this category because their is a chance that the Academy will want to reward the slightly overrated AMERICAN HUSTLE, when clearly HER is by far the best and most original.  It is a little frustrating not to see the second best original screenplay from GRAVITY to be nominated.

Winner: HER

Upset Alert: AMERICAN HUSTLE

2014 Academy Award Predictions-Part 1 (click the link)

2014 Academy Award Predictions – Part 3

2014 Academy Award Predictions – Part 4

 

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