Yes, I know that the Oscar nominations are almost upon us, but it's a blog tradition and it brings me joy. I will list all of my choices for the Oscars in the Film, Director, Acting and Screenplay categories. I still haven't seen Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Philomania, Fruitvale Station and All is Lost which I think are the only other possible Oscar contenders.
Best Film: I'm going to go with 6 nominations though we don't know how many there will be.
Mine- 1) Gravity
2) Frances Ha
3) The Wolf of Wall Street
6) Spring Breakers
Special wish that has no chance- Not that 50% of my list has any chance, but still, I wish foreign films like The Lunchbox, Wadjda or Blue is the Warmest Colour (which should really, really get consideration) were included.
Theirs- 12 Years A Slave, American fucking Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska will make it in. From my list, Frances Ha, Stoker and Spring Breakers probably won't get any nominations, *especially* not here. If the Oscar voters are really impressed, also watch out for Lee Daniels' The Butler, Inside Llewyn Davis, Rush and Philomania.
Winner- It's between 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. If American Hustle wins this, I will probably punch a hole through my TV.
Best Director: I think there's going to be a split between Best Film and Best Director this year too.
Mine- 1) Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
2) Edgar Wright, The World's End
3) Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers
4) Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
5) Martin Scorsese, WoWS
Special wish that has no chance- The daring that took to make Wadjda, Haifaa Al-Mansour should definitely get some award.
Theirs- Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave, which is fair even though I have liked his other work much more. The adorable Spike Jonze might make it in with Her and David O' Russell is apparently the new Oscar favourite so yeah, him. The Oscars also love the Coen brothers so I won't be surprised if they are nominated for Inside Llewyn Davis.
Winner- Cuarón. It really is a no-brainer.
Best Actress: This can see a repeat of last year's Best Supporting Actor category with all past winners being nominated.
Mine- 1) Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
2) Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Colour
3) Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
4) Sandra Bullock, Gravity
5) Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Special wish that has no chance- Scarlett Johansson for Her. It's kind of like Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. Her presence permeates through the whole film, and to do that with just your voice is amazing.
Theirs- Amy Adams will become a 5-time Oscar nominee with her role in AH. Then there are the British greats, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks and Dame Judy Dench for Philomania. It's the Oscars so a Mery Streep nomination is never shocking. My poor Greta and Adèle and Brie have no chance in hell.
Winner- "'Blue Moon' was playing- you know the song, 'Blue Moon'..." Queen Cate is in it to win it.
Best Actor: I thank Stevee Taylor for reminding me who should get nominated.
Mine- 1) Leonardo DiCaprio, WoWS
2) Leonardo DiCaprio, WoWS
3) Leonardo DiCaprio, WoWS
4) Leonardo DiCaprio, WoWS
5) Leonardo DiCaprio, WoWS
Special wish that has no chance- If this was the actual line-up, Leo would win! Anyways, I spoke about how Tye Sheridan and Simon Pegg deserved to be in that category.
Theirs- The real travesty is that Leo might not even be nominated, at which point I will start a week-long marathon of crying and cursing. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT, ACADEMY?! They will definitely nominate Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave, Tam Honks for Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, Bruce Dern for Nebraska and the maybes for that fifth spot (GIVE IT TO LEO, YOU BITCHES!) include Robert Redford for All is Lost, Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station, Forest Whitaker for The Butler, the beautiful Joaquin Phoenix for Her and Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis.
Winner- If it was me, there is *only* one winner. But in case said winner doesn't get nominated because there are a lot of idiots in the world, I would really like to see Tam Honks win.
Best Supporting Actress: For once, I don't want to see JLaw get anything.
Mine- 1) Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon
2) Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
3) Lea Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Colour
4) Emma Watson, The Bling Ring
5) Sarah Paulson, 12 Years A Slave
Special wish that has no chance- What I said at the beginning of this category.
Theirs- Pretty certain no one from my list will make it in. Lupita Nyong'o in 12 Years A Slave is loved by most people. Apparently June Squibb is fantastic in Nebraska so her. Julia Roberts in August: Osage County who just missed my list. Oprah with her Oprahness might make it in for The Butler. And finally, Sally Hawkins, who really was lovely in Blue Jasmine.
Winner- Though I liked Paulson more, Lupita is a stunning woman and that Oscar will look very nice with her.
Best Supporting Actor: *the forgotten category* I forgot to include this the first time I published this post. Guess that means something.
Mine- 1) James Franco, Spring Breakers
2) Jonah Hill, WoWS/ This is the End
3) Matthew Goode, Stoker
4) Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners
5) Matthew McConaughey, WoWS/ Mud
Special wish that has no chance- Hiddles as Loki? Pwease.
Theirs- I don't think my list will make it in at all. As I said, I've lost interest in this category. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club is a sure-shot. John Gandolfini for Enough Said, Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips, Fassy for 12 Years A Slave, Daniel Bruhl for Rush and Bradley Coooper for AH all seem like good bets. They are *all* very good, but come on, ALIEN!!!!!
Winner- Leto. Shoulda been Franco.
Best Original Screenplay: I never finished reading any of these so guesses abound.
Mine- 1) Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
2) Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
3) Spike Jonze, Her
4) Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
5) Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Special wish that has no chance- I'm going to go with The World's End, 'cuz it's hilarious, badass and deeply affecting.
Theirs- Again, the Coen brothers are a big favourite, and so is Alexander Payne for his work in Nebraska. American Hustle might make it in here so boooo. I do think that all my picks do have some chance so let's keep hoping.
Winner- Possibly Jonze. Which is awesome because he's like cute but looks hot in a suit and seeing him win will be nice.
Best Adapted Screenplay: I've read The Great Gatsby. That's it.
Mine- 1) Terence Winter, WoWS
2) Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
3) Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix, Blue is the Warmest Colour
4) Tracy Letts, August: Osage County
5) Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring
Special wish that has no chance- Does Much Ado About Nothing count? If it does, then Joss Whedon! Please!
Theirs- 12 Years A Slave and Captain Phillips will definitely be in there.
Winner- I really want WoWS to win this- "I WILL NOT DIE SOBER!"
Special mention: Best Costume Design- I have v.v.v.v. strong feelings about this category this year so here it goes.
Mine- 1) Stoker
2) Laurence Anyways
3) Spring Breakers
4) The Bling Ring
5) Blue Jasmine/ Frances Ha/ WoWS
Theirs- 12 Years A Slave, which I'm okay with, and a whole lot of other movies with period settings. I really wish they would consider contemporary movies in this category. Sure Stoker or Spring Breakers don't have the extravagance of the clothes in The Great Gatsby, but the clothes are actually a big part of the movie, both aesthetically and symbolically. Both The Bling Ring and Blue Jasmine costumes speak about the lifestyle of the people in the movie more than "oh they wore this because everyone else at the time wore it". Frances's clothes reflect the way she matures. Laurence Anyways is brighter and flashier than all the American Hustles in the world and again, the clothes mean something. And whoever put Leo in that blue suit in WoWS just needs all the awards.
So um, that's it! Let's wait and watch how the Oscars step over and crush all my hopes and dreams.