Welcome to Oscar week, one that will culminate with the awards show on Sunday. Within a few days I will also publish my review of a classic Best Picture winner, From Here to Eternity (1953). The past week has mostly featured news stories of which celebrities will hand out Oscars, and which will perform live. No surprises there; the closest we’ve come to a controversy is in the Best Original Song category (which I wrote about here). Everything looks set for Ellen DeGeneres to impress as host. And this year’s categories look unusually easy to predict. I smell a rat; expect upsets.
In the clip above, Julianne Moore, Steve Martin and June Squibb offer their takes on the Oscars on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, from yesterday.
Here are my predictions, in some cases heavily influenced by the reliable Gold Derby.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity.
Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine.
Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club.
Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave.
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.
Original Screenplay: Her.
Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave.
Animated Feature: Frozen.
Foreign-Language Film: The Great Beauty.
Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing.
Production Design: The Great Gatsby.
Costume Design: The Great Gatsby.
Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club.
Original Score: Gravity.
Original Song: “Let It Go”, Frozen.
Sound Editing: Gravity.
Sound Mixing: Gravity.
Visual Effects: Gravity.
Animated Short: Get a Horse.
Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.
Live Action Short: The Voorman Problem.