Corey’s 2014 Oscars Predictions

The 2014 Oscar nominees have been announced!

Naturally, there are a few surprises and a few snubs, namely the Coen brothers and Tom Hanks. On the flip side, big films like American Hustle and Gravity took in a whopping 10 nominations each with 12 Years a Slave getting 9 and The Wolf of Wall Street 5 total from all the big categories. I think when it comes down to it, Gravity will be a powerhouse in things like cinematography and special effects but little else. Wolf and Hustle will likely beat out 12 Years a Slave in most of the major categories, which is unfortunate.

Listed below are all of the nominees with my predictions in bold and italics. And if I’m feeling peckish, maybe I’ll throw in a comment or two here and there!

Best Picture


Although I haven’t seen every film on this list, I have had the pleasure of seeing The Wolf of Wall Street, and it was nothing short of electrifying. Liam wrote a review, raising some essential questions into its tone which seems to do less satirizing and more glorification of deplorable behavior. I’ve heard spectacular things about Her but I think when it comes down to it, the romance between mustachioed Joaquin Phoenix and a sultry AI hasn’t gotten nearly as much press or acclaim as Scorsese and DiCaprio’s joint venture.

“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

“Captain Phillips”


“American Hustle”


“Dallas Buyers Club”



Best Director


Because Scorsese.

Steve McQueen — “12 Years a Slave”

David O. Russell — “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron — “Gravity”

Alexander Payne — “Nebraska”

Martin Scorsese — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor


If there’s anywhere where 12 Years a Slave should not and can not be snubbed, it is this category. Leo was darn good in The Wolf of Wall Street but perhaps not good enough to bring in the win here. I wrote on Dallas Buyers Club not long ago and noted McConaughey’s respectable performance, but I don’t know if it was quite enough either. Ejiofor is a fantastic actor and deserves this win.

Bruce Dern — “Nebraska”

Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”

Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Christian Bale — “American Hustle”

Best Actress


I’ll level with you here: I cannot stand Woody Allen. Not only is he a confirmed sleezeball in real life, but he’s pretty much an unregistered sex offender. And despite the fact that I adore Midnight In Paris, every other Allen film I watch is riddled with pretension, cynicism, and a complete lack of respect for its viewers. All of my bitter feelings aside, while hate-watching Blue Jasmine (feel free to read my review!), I couldn’t help but recognize that Cate Blanchett put on the performance of her career. Who knew she could sell the alcoholic aging beauty queen so well? Amy Adams deserves to be up here for American Hustle but I have no clue why Sandra Bullock is here for Gravity. I said it in my top films of 2013 article, but that movie is pure spectacle. I love Bullock but she doesn’t stand a chance. 

Amy Adams — “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine”

Judi Dench — “Philomena”

Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”

Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor


This is easily the most difficult category to make a choice on. While I didn’t see Captain Phillips, I’ve heard great things about Abdi’s performance. Jonah Hill was delightful in Wolf and Leto put on an astounding transformation into an AIDs riddled addict in Dallas. But Fassbender deserves this win. Not only was his decisive performance powerful and menacing, but its a shame he didn’t win for Shame a few years back, and I’m rooting for 12 Years a Slave anyway this year.

Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club”

Michael Fassbender — “12 Years a Slave”

Best Supporting Actress

Because Jlaw.

Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave”

June Squibb — “Nebraska”

Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County”

Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”

Best Original Screenplay


If Woody Allen wins this category, I will literally never watch any movie ever again. But I don’t have to worry because Her is a brilliant and perfectly timed film with a screenplay that is about as “Original” as it can get.

“American Hustle” — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer

“Blue Jasmine” — Woody Allen

“Her” — Spike Jonze

“Nebraska” — Bob Nelson

“Dallas Buyers Club” — Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Best Adapted Screenplay


If I were actually betting on this, I would probably pick “12 Years a Slave” or “The Wolf of Wall Street” – I’m not sure which – but I would really love to see “Before Midnight” win, if only because Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers and I love the “Before” movies so very dearly. If you want to take a gander at my review of Before Midnight, here it is!

“12 Years a Slave” — John Ridley

“Before Midnight” — Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater

“The Wolf of Wall Street” — Terence Winter

“Captain Phillips” — Billy Ray

“Philomena” — Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Animated Feature


I have seen roughly zero of these movies, but it comes on good authority from Tim that Frozen was a delight. You can’t go wrong with Disney. I’m honestly surprised that Despicable Me even got a sequel. The first one was good but not great and to be honest, I just can’t stand the premise of The Croods.

“The Wind Rises”


“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”

“The Croods”

Best Foreign Feature

“The Hunt” (Denmark)

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium)

“The Great Beauty” (Italy)

“Omar” (Palestinian territories)

“The Missing Picture” (Cambodia)

Best Documentary Feature

“The Act of Killing”

“20 Feet From Stardom”

“The Square”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

Best Music (Original Song)

“Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”: “Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson

“Her”: “The Moon Song” — Karen O, Spike Jonze

“Despicable Me 2”: “Happy” — Pharrell Williams

“Alone Yet Not Alone”: “Alone Yet Not Alone” — Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

Best Music (Original Score)

“Gravity” — Steven Price

“Philomena” — Alexandre Desplat

“The Book Thief” — John Williams

“Saving Mr. Banks” — Thomas Newman

“Her” — William Butler and Owen Pallett

Best Cinematography

“Gravity” — Emmanuel Lubezki

“Inside Llewyn Davis” — Bruno Delbonnel

“Nebraska” — Phedon Papamichael

“Prisoners” — Roger Deakins

“The Grandmaster” — Phillippe Le Sourd

Best Costume Design

“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin

“12 Years a Slave” — Patricia Norris

“The Grandmaster” — William Chang Suk Ping

“American Hustle” — Michael Wilkinson

“The Invisible Woman” — Michael O’Connor

Best Documentary Feature

“The Act of Killing”

“20 Feet From Stardom”

“The Square”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

Best Film Editing

“Gravity” — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger

“12 Years a Slave”– Joe Walker

“Captain Phillips” — Christopher Rouse

“American Hustle” — Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten

“Dallas Buyers Club” — John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“The Lone Ranger” — Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” — Stephen Prouty

“Dallas Buyers Club” — Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best Production Design

“12 Years a Slave” — Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker

“The Great Gatsby” — Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn

“American Hustle” — Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler

“Gravity” — Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

“Her” — K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Best Visual Effects


“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

“Iron Man 3”

“The Lone Ranger”

Best Sound Mixing


“Captain Phillips”

“Lone Survivor”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best Sound Editing


“All Is Lost”

“Captain Phillips”

“Lone Survivor”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)”


“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”

“The Voorman Problem”

Best Short Film, Animated


“Get a Horse!”

“Mr. Hublot”


“Room on the Broom”

Best Documentary Short


“Facing Fear”

“Karama Has No Walls”

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”