So it’s officially a three-horse race for the 2014 Oscars: ’12 Years a Slave’ has nine nominations, while ‘Gravity’ and ‘American Hustle’ have ten each – which means that slavery, space and slick ’70s shysters now find themselves being judged against each other for perhaps the first time in human history. Will Oscar voters opt for the solemnity of ’12 Years a Slave’, the fun of ‘American Hustle’ or the wonder of ‘Gravity’? At least one of these films will walk away dejected on the night, and, if you take a look at our predictions below, at the moment we fear that film may be ’12 Years a Slave’.
But what else do the 2014 Oscar nominations tell us? Major Oscar hopes are pretty much dead for ‘Saving Mr Banks’, ‘Mandela’ and ‘The Butler’ (although the first two films landed one nomination each, for score and song respectively), while in the acting category there was no love for Tom Hanks (‘Captain Phillips’), Robert Redford (‘All is Lost’) or Idris Elba (‘Mandela’). The dark horse to keep an eye out for on Oscar night on March 2 will be ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: it’s unlikely to turn its nomination for Best Picture into a win, yet Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could very well dominate the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.
Finally, everyone behind the British film ‘Philomena’ should be rightly chuffed: Judi Dench is nominated for Best Actress, the film has a Best Picture nomination and its writers, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, received Best Adapted Screenplay nods.
Who do we think will win on March 2? And who do we think deserves to win? Here are our predictions for the six main categories at the 2014 Oscars. (You’ll find all the nominations here)
Will win: ‘American Hustle’
Should win: ’12 Years a Slave’
Will win: Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Gravity’
Should win: Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Gravity’
Will win: Matthew McConaughey for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor for ’12 Years a Slave’
Will win: Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine’
Should win: Judi Dench for ‘Philomena’
Best Supporting Actress
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence for ‘American Hustle’
Should win: Sally Hawkins for ‘Blue Jasmine’
Best Supporting Actor
Will win: Michael Fassbender for ’12 Years a Slave’
Should win: Michael Fassbender for ’12 Years a Slave’