Oscar Predictions: August Update

Tons of trailers coming out this month. Let’s go through them one at a time.

Twelve Years A Slave – Still a best picture contender, but will it seem too familiar to Academy members?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – I’ll put it in Best Makeup for now, but it’ll have to be really lucky to get in.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty – Could Stiller earn a Best Actor nod? I think it’s certainly possible, but I won’t be predicting him just yet.

American Hustle – Just about every site lists this as a major contender. I see it as this year’s The Master: all the hype will eventually be it’s downfall.

Her – Am I the only one who thinks this could actually be a contender for the big award? If this doesn’t bring Amy Adams an oscar, it could very well give Joaquin Phoenix one.

Monuments Men and Labor Day are just about the only contenders so far without any trailers. Hoping to see one soon! Also, at this point, I would like to go over which films I think look like early frontrunners for the win.

BEST PICTURE

August: Osage Country
The Butler
Captain Phillips
The Counselor
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
*The Monuments Men*
Saving Mr. Banks
Twelve Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR

*George Clooney, The Monuments Men*
Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze, Her
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR

*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street*
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, The Dallas Buyers Club
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
Forest Whitaker, The Butler

BEST ACTRESS

Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage Country
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
*Naomi Watts, Diana*
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Bruce Dern, Nebraska
*Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks*
Jonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Michael Fassbender, Twelve Years A Slave
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

*Amy Adams, Her*
Cameron Diaz, The Counselor
Margo Martindale, August: Osage Country
Julia Roberts, August: Osage Country
Oprah Winfrey, The Butler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

August: Osage Country
Before Midnight
The Butler
*The Monuments Men*
Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

American Hustle
Fruitvale Station
Her
*Inside Llewyn Davis*
Saving Mr. Banks

BEST FILM EDITING

Captain Phillips
The Counselor
Her
*The Monuments Men*
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Captain Phillips
*Gravity*
Inside Llewyn Davis
Twelve Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST ART DIRECTION

The Butler
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Monuments Men
*Twelve Years A Slave*
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Butler
Diana
*The Great Gatsby*
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST MAKEUP

*The Butler*
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Elysium
*Gravity*
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Star Trek: Into Darkness

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Monuments Men
*Saving Mr. Banks*
Twelve Years A Slave

BEST SOUND EDITING

*Captain Phillips*
Carrie
Gravity
Twelve Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST SOUND MIXING

Captain Phillips
*Gravity*
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf Of Wall Street

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
*Frozen*
The Little Prince
Monsters University

Yeah, these are just totally random. I’ve got guts predicting who’s going to be the early frontrunners, and while most of these are wishful thinking  (I really want Adams to win an Oscar), I tried to be logical with these picks. I’m predicting Watts to win this because she’s the only one so far without an Oscar. Rooting for DiCaprio like everyone else.. but I have a strong feeling about Phoenix.

2 thoughts on “Oscar Predictions: August Update

  1. I like: Emma Thompson in nomination actress in a leading role; tom Hanks winner actor in a supporting role; Thomas newman winner original score.

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