Thursday 25 December 2014

Oscar predictions 2014: Our picks for the 86th Academy Awards

Published 28/02/2014 | 13:36

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years A Slave'

Will '12 Years A Slave' grab the Best Picture award? Will it be Lupita or Jennifer walking down from the stage with an Oscar this year?

We're not betting folk, but if we had to put money on it here's who we would predict.

Comment with your own predictions - we want to hear from you.

Best Picture

Gareth Naughton:

12 Years A Slave: 12 Years A Slave will win because the Academy loves nothing better than atoning for the sins of the past and they won’t want a repeat of 1986 when cries of racism went up after The Color Purple failed to translate a single one of its 11 nominations into victory. Gravity is the greater spectacle but voters may think it lacks gravitas. 

Denise Calnan:

12 Years A Slave: It will be a close one, there are at least three films that would not surprise if they walked away with the Oscar, but I predict 12 Years A Slave to win, simply for what it stands for.

Caitlin McBride:

Gravity: Alfonso Cuaran taking home top honours at the Director’s Guild Awards was the deciding factor in my prediction as it’s normally indicative of what’s to come from the Academy voters. 12 Years A Slave is the rightful winner, but I don’t think it will take it home.

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Gravity

Best Director

Gareth Naughton:

Gravity: Alfonso Cuarón will take home Best Director because he has won every other gong this awards season and he has deserved all of them. Gravity is an astonishing and ground-breaking piece of film-making that delivered an extraordinary and intense experience for the audience and that is thanks, largely, to Cuarón.

Denise Calnan:

Gravity: Martin Scorsese’s gamble with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ might have nabbed him the Oscar any other year, but this year it will go to space spectacle Gravity.

Caitlin McBride

Gravity: Alfonso Cuaran has been honoured countlessly for his work with Gravity, he’s the closest thing this year’s predictions have to a shoo-in.

Best Actress

Gareth Naughton:

Cate Blanchett: There is no surer bet than Cate Blanchett at this year’s Oscars. She delivers a very fine performance as a fallen socialite teetering on the edge in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and in the absence of a wrongly snubbed Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) there is no real competition. For my money, Judi Dench’s beautifully on-the-button performance as Philomena Lee deserves it more.

Denise Calnan:

Cate Blanchett: Cate Blanchett will be adding an Oscar to her mantelpiece to join her well-deserved Golden Globe this year.

Caitlin McBride:

Sandra Bullock: It’s Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine vs Sandra Bullock in Gravity for me, both of whom are no stranger to the golden statue. If I was a betting woman, I’d be putting my money on Sandra Bullock.

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Cate Blanchett is a firm favourite for the Best Actress award

Best Actor

Gareth Naughton:

Matthew McConaughey: Matthew McConaughey has come a long way since he was making second rate romantic comedies with Kate Hudson. He will take home best actor on Sunday night because he not only puts in a great performance in Dallas Buyers Club, but he is also well liked in Hollywood and has been consistently excellent in everything he has appeared in for the past two years.

Denise Calnan:

Leonardo DiCaprio: Not only do I believe Leonardo DiCaprio will end his Oscar drought and receive the award for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in the debauchery-drenched ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, I sincerely hope he does too.

Caitlin McBride:

Matthew McConaughey: McConaughey’s role in the Dallas Buyer’s Club is a socially relevant, true to life depiction of AIDS sufferers, regardless of the year it’s set in. Sorry Leo, but I don’t think this is the year your curse will be lifted.

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Fingers crossed for Leo?

Best Supporting Actress

Gareth Naughton:

Jennifer Lawrence: Best Supporting Actress is a very tight race but I’m betting on American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence to just shade it over Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave). The Academy likes honouring the actors in David O Russell’s films and American Hustle is likely to be shut out elsewhere. Lawrence is also incredibly popular so winning two years in a row (she was last year’s Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook) is definitely not out of the question.

Denise Calnan:

Lupita Nyong’o: Lupita Nyong’o has not only made headlines for her amazing red carpet fashion choices this year, but also for her amazing performance in ’12 Years A Slave’. We all love J-Law, but the truth is Lupita deserves it.

Caitlin McBride:

Lupita Nyong’o: Jennifer Lawrence might be the Oscars’ golden girl, but this year is all about Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave. Her punishing role was one of the most remarkable performances in years and she’s the clear frontrunner.

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Jennifer Lawrence in 'American Hustle'

Best Supporting Actor

Gareth Naughton:

Jared Leto: There will be no joy for Kerry's Michael Fassbender in the Best Supporting Actor category. Jared Leto has this one wrapped up for his heartbreaking work as Rayon, a transgender woman coping with drug addiction and AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club. He deserves it alone for the scene where Rayon visits her disapproving father.

Denise Calnan

Jared Leto: I would love to see ‘Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi win this year’s Best Supporting Actor, I feel his big screen debut is the only chance of the film making a mark on this year’s Oscars scene.  However, it will of course be awarded to Jared Leto, and deservedly so.

Caitlin McBride:

Jared Leto: He’s swept the boards during awards season so far and the Academy always recognises a dramatic physical transformation for a role. In this case, his portrayal of a cross-dressing AIDS victim in Dallas Buyer’s Club.

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