Oscar Winners: Did You Predict Correctly?By: Toni Matthews-El - March 3, 2014
Ahead of last night’s Academy Awards, I predicted who I thought would walk away with the biggest awards of the night. Some I got I right, a couple I messed up on, and one category threw me for a loop entirely.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
As I said in my prediction, Lupita Nyong’o was the “It” girl of the moment. The Academy LOVES its “It” girls and while Jennifer Lawrence was last year’s, it wasn’t enough for her to do a repeat. Nyogo’o’s star is shining right now, but “best supporting” has not be a category that has been kind to newcomers. Let’s hope she sticks around after winning.
Predicted Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
With Leto snagging awards for his role in Dallas Buyers Club left and right prior to getting to the big stage, his win for Best Supporting Actor now seems a no-brainer. He was at the center of a great deal of buzz both for his performance and controversy that ensued over the Academy’s habit of rewarding straight actors with awards for playing LGBT characters. The habit continues.
Predicted Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
I knew we were due a major upset. The Academy Awards loves upsets. But I did not predict it would go down in this category. Although with the controversy surrounding Woody Allen and a movie that was all but snubbed over it, I should have seen this coming. Make no mistake, this win was about Allen and not Blanchett.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
My family and I watched the Awards together and we cringed on behalf of Leonardo DiCaprio as each Best Actor performance was highlighted. I knew that this was McConaughey’s year. As I said: He’s in the middle of a full blown comeback. I’m happy that McConaughey’s grown stronger as an actor, though some people will never forgive him for being a chill guy that plays the bongos naked. There are worse things. Like…having a candle shoved up your ass. Sorry, Leo. There’s always that inevitable “honorary” Oscar to look forward to.
Best Directing: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Alfonso Cuarón, who became the first Mexican film director to win, was a shoo-in for this award. Gravity was a unique experience that came together beautifully under the direction of Cuarón. It is a movie that is not only the most accurate depiction of outer space to date; there are moments that are so visually-stunning they almost seem as if they are taken from art. Not to mention to the emotionally-gripping acting. Cuarón got the best out of everyone attached to this movie. He deserved to win.
Predicted Best Picture: Gravity
Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
I really wouldn’t call this an upset as 12 Years A Slave was a great movie with an outstanding cast. I think it’s fair to say that it would not have gotten the recognition it deserved unless Brad Pitt had used his star power as a producer and taking a role in the movie to get the film into the spotlight. It’s sad to say that as good as it was as a movie, it’s fair to think none of this would have happened without Pitt being attached. On a light-hearted note, director Steve McQueen’s “happy jump”? Probably one of the best moments of the night.
So how did YOU do? Did you predict the big awards correctly? Did your favorite win or lose? Discuss it in the comments below!
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