Unless of course you’re willing to lose your investment. Because let’s face it, my annual Oscar predictions have been less than accurate of late. I’ve been coming in at no higher than 75%, bt fearlessly I carry on. Year after year.
So here’s how I see the Academy handing out the golden-glazed statues this Sunday:
Each category is broken into TWO picks. The first is what I PERSONALLY would have chosen. The second, my prediction for what the Academy WILL choose.
Bear in mind that what we’ve got here is one of the tightest contests in years—especially in the Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories.
* BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
My choice: The minion madness of Despicable Me 2.
But the Academy will award Disney’s blockbuster Frozen instead.
* BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
My choice, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County.
The Academy’s? A toss-up between Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle.
So who will pick up the Oscar? Lupita Nyong’o (after all, Ms. Lawrence won last year.)
* BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
My choice—call me crazy but Jonah Hill for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
As for the Academy, NO contest. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.
* BEST ACTRESS:
My choice: Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
The Academy’s choice? Ditto—Cate Blanchett’s for her enthralling performance in Blue Jasmine.
WOW! Five great performances here. My fave, Leonardo DiCaprio as The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Who will the Academy honor? A lot of head scratching in this category, but when it’s all said and done, Matthew McConaughey will accept the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.
* BEST DIRECTOR:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You can’t have a best picture without a best director.
Did the best picture direct ITSELF? Of course not.
But this could be another fluke year.
My choice for best director? Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity.
The Academy? They’ll most likely agree since Gravity propelled cinema into a new dimension.
* BEST PICTURE:
My personal choice, Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street.
But the Academy will instead be splitting hairs between 12 Years A Slave and Gravity.
Ask yourself, how in good conscience can they NOT award 12 Years A Slave?
And that’s why they WILL!
Remember the Oscars shine this Sunday on ABC with Ellen DeGeneres as ringmaster.
And depending on the outcome you’ll either hear from me again next week—or maybe not.