Best of 2013: The Davis Award Dream Ballot

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wolfofwallstreet_7I guess it all comes down to this.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or AMPAS) will be handing in their Oscar ballots on January 8.  The best of 2013 will be determined by over 6,000 professionals, actors, directors, and more from around the globe.   We will never be at a point where we agree with them 100% because we are all innately different and will champion things that no one else is or ignore things that everyone else seems to love.  Putting together my dream ballot of the Davis Awards gives me the opportunity to truly assess the year from so many angles.  For instance, I’m not a sound mixer but I look for certain things on the audible levels that I feel warrants a citation.  A true professional, who knows that craft inside and out, may find things I don’t have the ear to catch.  But I try my best.

Film is all subjective at the end of the day.  It’s important to all of us, in different ways, and carries different meanings.  If someone decides that Movie 43 is their favorite film of 2013, they cannot be discredited or ostracized for that selection, as long as they can support their opinion.  But to be honest, sometimes they don’t have to.  They like what they like.  I like what I like.  As always, this list is mine.  I am eager to hear all of your opinions about the list and more importantly, your dream ballot of the year’s finest.  Of course, many of you will be able to chime in on that front when we open our annual Awards Circuit Community Awards in a few weeks but even those always bring on controversy.

Click through the pages and see each category.  Only the nominees are being announced now with some runner ups.  The full list will be revealed when my choices are announced next week along with my (in order) Top Ten Films of 2013.  If you missed any part of the Davis Awards 2013, check them out and make sure to include your own choices in the comment section.

BEST MOTION PICTURE

BestPicture_2013

  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner; Anthony Kategas; Jeremy Kleiner; Steve McQueen; Arnon Milchan; Brad Pitt; Bill Pohlad
  • BEFORE MIDNIGHT
    (Sony Pictures Classics)

    PRODUCERS: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos; Richard Linklater; Sara Woodhatch
  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    (Sony Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Dana Brunetti; Michael De Luca; Scott Rudin
  • FROZEN
    (Walt Disney Pictures)

    PRODUCER: Peter Del Vecho
  • GRAVITY
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Alfonso Cuaron; David Heyman
    HER
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Megan Ellison; Vincent Landay
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    (CBS Films)

    PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Scott Rudin
  • NEBRASKA
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Albert Berger; Ron Yerxa
  • THE SQUARE
    (Netflix)

    PRODUCERS: Karim Amer
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Riza Aziz; Leonardo DiCaprio; Joey McFarland; Martin Scorsese; Emma Tillinger Koskoff

WINNER: TBA

lone-survivorRUNNERS UP:  Probably the best war film since The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor packs an emotional punch with some outstanding performances by Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch.  Asghar Farhadi knows how to tell a story and his mystery drama The Past, enables the writer/director to bring a fresh perspective.  There’s magic and power from beginning to end with Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, one of the most authentic features of the year.

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BEST DIRECTOR

BestDirector_2013

  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Alfonso CuaronGravity
  • Spike Jonze – Her
  • Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
  • Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: TBA

peter-berg-lone-survivorRUNNERS UP: Redemption was made by Peter Berg in Lone Survivor while Paul Greengrass brought tension to its breaking point in Captain Phillips.  You also have to cite the way that Asghar Farhadi decides to tell a story in The Past

  • Kyle

    In alphabetical order

    BEST PICTURE:

    American Hustle

    Blue is the Warmest Color

    Her

    The Hunt

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Nebraska

    Place Beyond the Pines

    Upstream Color

    Wolf of Wall Street

    The World’s End

    BEST DIRECTOR:

    Shane Carruth, Upstream Color

    Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

    Spike Jonze, Her

    Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

    BEST LEAD ACTOR

    Christian Bale, American Hustle

    Bruce Dern, Nebraska

    Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

    Joaquin Phoenix, Her

    BEST LEAD ACTRESS

    Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

    Sandra Bullock, Gravity

    Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color

    Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color

    Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

    Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

    Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond the Pines

    Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

    Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

    Lea Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Color

    June Squibb, Nebraska

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    American Hustle

    Her

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Nebraska

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    12 Years a Slave

    Blue is the Warmest Color

    Captain Phillips

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    BEST ENSEMBLE

    American Hustle

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Nebraska

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    Frozen

    Gravity

    Her

    Nebraska

    Only God Forgives

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    12 Years a Slave

    Gravity

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Only God Forgives

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

    12 Years a Slave

    American Hustle

    The Great Gatsby

    Her

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    American Hustle

    The Great Gatsby

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    BEST EDITING

    Gravity

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Prisoners

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    The World’s End

    BEST SOUND DESIGN

    All is Lost

    Gravity

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Upstream Color

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    Gravity

    Pacific Rim

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Thor: The Dark World

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    Despicable Me 2

    Frozen

    Monsters University

    BEST SONG

    “Let it Go” Frozen

    “The Moon Song” Her

    “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)” Inside Llewyn Davis

    “Wanna Fight?” Only God Forgives

    “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” Saving Mr. Banks

    • Clayton Davis

      Like your mention of “The World’s End” in Editing. And keeping the Animated Feature down to 3 instead of 5 is what SHOULD be happening this year.

    • Jamie Teller

      I’m digging the Upstream Color love. Though seriously, no Best Score nomination? Am I the only who thought that score was brilliant?

      • Kyle

        No, you are most certainly not, I just forgot about it when making my list. Bump out Frozen for Upstream Color.

        • Jamie Teller

          I’d make that call either way, just because I think Frozen was more about the songs than the background score.

          The scene near the end of UC were all the connections become clear might be my favorite piece of movie music since the final few minutes of Inception.

      • Clayton Davis

        I like the score for “Upstream Color” but I can’t remember it on the drop of a dime. Doesn’t stick out like the others do.

        • Jamie Teller

          It didn’t catch me the first time around, necessarily, but when I went back to it I really started to appreciate it.

  • Knox Van Horn

    Very surprising mentions, I was not expecting a lot of this, and while I don’t necessarily agree I like it a lot! I still need to see a ton of stuff before I can do a proper ballot

    • Clayton Davis

      Thanks.

      I feel the same way about your list. Not my cup of tea but I’m okay with someone having “Mitty” at the top.

  • Guest

    A fair few surprises to be found. I had expected nominations for ‘Short Term 12’ in best picture and Scarlett Johannson in best supporting actress for ‘Her’ based on their respective reviews. Nonetheless some interesting choices here, particularly in Best Lead Actor.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    A fair few surprises to be found. I had expected nominations for ‘Short Term 12’ in best picture and Scarlett Johannson in best supporting actress for ‘Her’ based on their respective reviews from you. Nonetheless some interesting choices here, particularly in Best Lead Actor.

    • Clayton Davis

      Too difficult to create a Best Picture lineup. Too much pain to leave “Short Term 12” off but at the end of the day, I had to leave one off. Scarlett dropped off as I saw more and more performances. Definitely great but not in my personal five.

  • Calvin Philips

    The numbers are the rankings w/i the categories:
    Picture
    4. 12 Years a Slave
    2. August: Osage County
    5. Captain Phillips
    6. Enough Said
    8. Fruitvale Station
    10. Gravity
    3. Her
    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    7. Nebraska
    9. The Spectacular Now
    Director
    1. Joel & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
    5. Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
    4. Spike Jonze – Her
    2. Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
    Actor
    5. Bruce Dern – Nebraska
    1. Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
    2. Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
    3. Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
    Actress
    5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
    1. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    3. Sandra Bullock – Gravity
    2. Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
    4. Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now
    Supporting Actor
    2. Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
    5. Benedict Cumberbatch – what felt like every film released this year
    3. James Gandolfini – Enough Said
    1. John Goodman – Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Jared Leto – The Dallas Buyers Club
    Supporting Actress
    2. Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
    3. Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
    5. Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station
    4. June Squibb – Nebraska
    1. Oprah Winfrey – The Butler
    Ensemble
    2. 12 Years a Slave
    1. August: Osage County
    4. Enough Said
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. Her
    Original Screenplay
    5. American Hustle
    1. Enough Said
    3. Her
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Nebraska
    Adapted Screenplay
    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Captain Phillips
    3. Philomena
    5. Short Term 12
    4. The Spectacular Now
    Animated Feature
    5. Ernest and Celestine
    2. Frozen
    1. Madoka Magica
    4. Monsters University
    3. The Wind Rises
    Documentary Feature
    1. 20 Feet from Stardom
    2. Inequality for All
    4. Pussy Riot: A Punk Player
    3. Stories We Tell
    5. Tim’s Vermeer
    Foreign Language Film
    1. Blue is the Warmest Color
    5. Gabrielle
    4. Gloria
    3. The Past
    2. Wadjda
    Production Design
    2. 12 Years a Slave
    1. Gravity
    5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Saving Mr. Banks
    Cinematography
    5. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Captain Phillips
    1. Gravity
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Nebraska
    Costume Design
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    2. American Hustle
    4. The Butler
    1. The Great Gatsby
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    Film Editing
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Captain Phillips
    4. Gravity
    1. Her
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    Makeup & Hairstyling
    3. The Butler
    2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    1. Star Trek Into Darkness
    Sound Mixing
    2. Captain Phillips
    1. Gravity
    4. Her
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    Sound Editing
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    4. All Is Lost
    2. Captain Phillips
    1. Gravity
    5. Rush
    Visual Effects
    2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    1. Gravity
    5. Man of Steel
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Original Score
    5. August: Osage County
    1. Blue Jasmine
    2. Captain Phillips
    3. Gravity
    4. Nebraska
    Original Song
    4. Atlas – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    3. Please Mr. Kennedy – Mumford & Sons – Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. Let It Go – Idina Menzel – Frozen
    5. You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More – Gladys Knight – The Butler
    1. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby

  • Phillip Milner

    In all honesty, I really enjoy these nominees for the most part. I don’t like all the love for Wolf. I thought it was Scorces’s worst work I can have ever remembered seeing. I have the complete opposite to say for Leo though. He delivered his finest performance since Gilbert Grape and if there is any justice in the world, he is a sho-in to win this year. I don’t understand any argument where Elijifor gets in this year. In a weak year (or I guess I should say “Less Strong”) then certainly, but his performance doesn’t stand up against your nominees and then some. I have Mud, The Way Way Back, and Prisoners in my personal nominees right now. Would have loved to see a little more love tossed their way.

    • Clayton Davis

      Scorsese’s worst? Sorry to hear someone say that. None of his films have been overtly bad but the one I feel the least about is by FAR “The Aviator.” “Wolf” was so refreshing.

      • Anthony Moseley

        Mean Streets and Gangs of New York are at the bottom of my Scorcese list. Gangs had some great performances, but I can’t remember another Scorcese film that bored me as much as that one did.

  • Giuliano Demonte

    MY DREAM BALLOT

    BEST PICTURE
    -12 Years a Slave (WINNER)
    -American Hustle
    -August: Osage County
    -Blue Jasmine
    -Dallas Buyers Club
    -Frozen
    -Gravity
    -Her
    -Philomena
    -Saving Mr. Banks

    BEST DIRECTOR
    -Alfonso Cuaròn, Gravity (WINNER)
    -Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
    -Spike Jonze, Her
    -Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    -David O. Russell, American Hustle

    BEST ACTOR
    -Christian Bale, American Hustle
    -Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
    -Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (WINNER)

    -Joaquin Phoenix, Her
    -Robert Redford, All is Lost

    BEST ACTRESS
    -Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    -Sandra Bullock, Gravity (WINNER)
    -Judi Dench, Philomena
    -Brie Larson, Short Term 12
    -Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    -Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
    -Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
    -James Gandolfini, Enough Said
    -Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners
    -Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (WINNER)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    -Scarlett Johansson, Her
    -Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
    -Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (WINNER)
    -Sarah Paulson, 12 Years a Slave
    -June Squibb, Nebraska

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    -American Hustle (WINNER)
    -Blue Jasmine
    -Gravity
    -Her
    -Nebraska

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    -12 Years a Slave (WINNER)
    -August: Osage County
    -Before Midnight
    -Blue is the Warmest Color
    -Philomena

    BEST ENSEMBLE
    -12 Years a Slave
    -American Hustle (WINNER)
    -August: Osage County
    -Nebraska
    -Prisoners

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    -12 Years a Slave
    -Captain Phillips
    -Frozen
    -Gravity (WINNER)
    -Labor Day

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    -12 Years a Slave
    -Gravity (WINNER)
    -Her
    -Inside Llewyn Davis
    -Prisoners

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
    -12 Years a Slave (WINNER)
    -Gravity
    -Her
    -Saving Mr. Banks
    -The Great Gatsby

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    -12 Years a Slave
    -American Hustle (WINNER)
    -Lee Daniels’ The Butler
    -Saving Mr. Banks
    -The Great Gatsby

    BEST FILM EDITING
    -12 Years a Slave
    -Captain Phillips
    -Gravity (WINNER)
    -Prisoners
    -Rush

    BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
    -All is Lost
    -Gravity (WINNER)
    -Iron Man 3
    -Lone Survivor
    -Rush

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    -Gravity (WINNER)
    -Iron Man 3
    -Man of Steel
    -The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    -The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    -Despicable Me 2
    -Frozen (WINNER)
    -Monsters University
    -The Blue Umbrella
    -The Wind Rises

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG
    -“Let it Go”, Frozen
    -“Please, Mr. Kennedy”, Inside Llewyn Davis
    -“So You Know What’s It Like”, Short Term 12
    -“The Moon Song”, Her
    -“Young & Beautiful”, The Great Gatsby (WINNER)

  • Jamie Teller

    I agree with these for the most part. I’d take Chiwetel Ejiofor over Michael B. Jordan in a second, and I’d probably say Blanchett should get on over Exarchopoulos, but I won’t complain too much.

    I’ll keep my dream ballot to the Big 8 categories:

    Picture:
    – The Congress
    – Her
    – Inside Llewyn Davis
    – Nebraska
    – Prisoners
    – Spring Breakers
    – A Touch of Sin
    – 12 Years a Slave
    – Upstream Color
    – The Wolf of Wall Street (maybe swap one of these out for The Wind Rises)

    Director:
    – Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)
    – Spike Jonze (Her)
    – Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers)
    – Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
    – Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin)

    Actor:
    – Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
    – Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    – Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    – Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
    – Tye Sheridan (Mud)

    Actress:
    – Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
    – Judi Dench (Philomena)
    – Brie Larson (Short Term 12)
    – Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color)
    – Robin Wright (The Congress) – Greta Gerwig or Cate Blanchett could get on

    Supporting Actor:
    – Paul Dano (Prisoners) – hugely underrated performance
    – Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
    – James Franco (Spring Breakers)
    – Matthew McConaughey (Mud) – but also for Wolf of Wall Street
    – Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12)

    Supporting Actress:
    – Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12)
    – Scarlett Johansson (Her)
    – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
    – Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)
    – Catherine Zeta-Jones (Side Effects) – kind of want to make room for Lea Seydoux, but I didn’t like the movie

    Original Screenplay:
    – Her
    – Inside Llewyn Davis
    – Nebraska
    – Spring Breakers
    – A Touch of Sin

    Adapted Screenplay:
    – Captain Phillips – mmm…don’t know about this one, though I really liked the film
    – The Congress
    – From Up on Poppy Hill
    – 12 Years a Slave
    – The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Clayton Davis

      Great list. Nice mentions of Tye Sheridan and Paul Dano.

      I’ll never understand the undying love for “Spring Breakers” from everyone.

      • Jamie Teller

        It happens. I’m still not sure what everyone saw in Argo.

      • Anthony Moseley

        Totally agreed on Spring Breakers. Awful movie IMO. Franco’s performance was the only redeeming thing about the film, though I still wouldn’t consider it nomination worthy.

    • Ben Kelly

      Yes I’m not the only one who thinks Tye Sheridan deserves a nom!

      • Jamie Teller

        Hopefully he can still make my final cut. Christian Bale is a very close #6 and Toni Servillo (from The Great Beauty) could be a contender, too.

        Also, with a heavy heart, I’m bumping The Congress to my 2014 lineup, since it will not go into official U.S. release until then. But make no mistake, it’s an amazing, amazing film. Swap it out for The Wind Rises, assuming that’s as good as I’m hoping.

  • Popcorn Pops

    So glad to see Bobby Cannavale, Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan in supporting. They’ll be on my lists as well.

    • Clayton Davis

      Awesome. They should.

      I wonder if “Prisoners” came out later if Gyllenhaal would be more substantial in the race.

  • Robert MacFarlane

    Alright, this is mine, but this is VERY much subject to change.

    Best Picture:

    12 Years a Slave *Runner-up*
    American Hustle
    Before Midnight
    Blue Jasmine
    Captain Phillips
    Frozen *WINNER*
    Gravity
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Prisoners
    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Director:

    Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee for Frozen
    Alfonso Cauron for Gravity
    Joel and Ethan Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis *WINNER*
    Richard Linklater for Before Midnight
    Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave *Runner-up*

    Best Actor:

    Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines
    Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street *Runner-up*
    Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
    Jake Gyllenhaal in Prisoners
    Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis *WINNER*

    Best Actress:

    Amy Adams in American Hustle
    Kristen Bell in Frozen
    Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine *Runner-up*
    Sandra Bullock in Gravity
    Julie Delpy in Before Midnight *WINNER*

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips *Runner-up*
    Bobby Cannanvale in Blue Jasmine
    Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
    Harrison Ford in 42 *WINNER*
    Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Supporting Actress:

    Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine
    Idina Menzel in Frozen
    Carey Mulligan in Inside Llewyn Davis *Runner-up*
    Lupita Nyongo’o in 12 Years a Slave *WINNER*
    Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Clayton Davis

      I know you’ve been pulling for it but I just don’t see Bradley Cooper as Lead in The Place Beyond the Pines. He’s definitely a part of an Ensemble.

      Good list though.

      • Robert MacFarlane

        I consider all three main characters leads, so yeah. Cooper is definitely lead, though. He’s in 2 out of the three stories and has a HUGE scene in the third.

  • Casey Chapman

    My dream ballot would be:

    BEST PICTURE
    Blue Jasmine
    The Conjuring
    Her
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Nebraska *WINNER*
    Prisoners
    Short Term 12
    Spring Breakers
    Upstream Color
    The Wolf of Wall Street *RUNNER-UP*

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Joel & Ethan Cohen – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Spike Jonez – Her
    Harmony Korine – Spring Breakers
    Alexander Payne – Nebraska *RUNNER-UP*
    Martin Scorcese – The Wolf of Wall Street *WINNER*

    BEST ACTOR
    Bruce Dern – Nebraska *WINNER*
    Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street *RUNNER-UP*
    Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
    Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Matthew McCaughnahey – Dallas Buyers Club

    BEST ACTRESS
    Amy Adams – American Hustle
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine *WINNER*
    Julia Louis Dreyfuss – Enough Said
    Brie Larson – Short Term 12 *RUNNER-UP*
    Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Will Forte – Nebraska
    James Franco – Spring Breakers *WINNER*
    Jake Gylenhaal – Prisoners
    Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street *RUNNER-UP*

    Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Lupita N’yongo – 12 Years a Slave
    Sarah Paulson – 12 Years a Slave *RUNNER-UP*

    Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
    June Squibb – Nebraska *WINNER*

    Emma Watson – The Bling Ring

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Her *WINNER*
    Inside Llweyn Davis
    Mud

    Nebraska *RUNNER-UP*
    Prisoners

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    August Osage County
    Before Midnight

    The Bling Ring
    Short Term 12 *RUNNER-UP*

    The Wolf of Wall Street *WINNER*

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    The Act of Killing *WINNER*

    Blackfish
    Bridegroom
    Cutie and the Boxer

    Stories We Tell *RUNNER-UP*

    BEST CAST ENSEMBLE
    American Hustle
    Blue Jasmine

    Nebraska

    Prisoners *RUNNER-UP*

    The Wolf of Wall Street *WINNER*

    • Clayton Davis

      Nebraska as the winner? Very nice. Very interesting.

      I wanted so bad to include Emma Watson on my Supporting Actress ballot but couldn’t nudge any of the other ladies out.

  • ryanmcc

    Subject to change

    Best Actor
    Prisoners
    12 Years a Slave
    All is Lost: Winner
    Dallas Buyers Club
    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Actress
    Short Term 12: Winner
    Laurence Anyways
    Blue Jasmine
    Gravity
    American Hustle

    Best Supporting Actor
    American Hustle
    Spring Breakers
    The Place beyond the pines
    Prisoners: Winner
    Dallas Buyers Club: Winner

    Best Supporting Actress
    Fruitvale Station
    Prisoners
    Only God Forgives
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    12 Years a Slave

    Best Original Screenplay
    Prisoners
    Fruitvale Station
    The Place beyond the Pines: Winner
    American Hustle
    Gravity

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Short Term 12: Winner
    Frozen
    12 Years a Slave
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Best Cinematography
    Gravity
    American Hustle
    Post Tenebras Lux: Winner
    Captain Phillips
    Prisoners

    Best Visual Effects
    Pacific Rim
    Gravity: Winner
    All is Lost
    Elysium
    Oblivion

    Best Sound
    All is Lost
    inside Llewyn Davis
    Frozen
    12 Years a Slave
    The Place beyond the Pines: Winner

    Best film editing
    12 Years a Slave
    The Wolf of Wall Street: Winner
    Short Term 12
    American Hustle
    Gravity

    Best director
    American Hustle: Winner
    12 Years a Slave
    Prisoners
    The Place Beyond the Pines
    Gravity

    Best Picture
    12 Years a Slave
    The Act of Killing
    American Hustle
    Fruitvale Station
    Gravity
    The Place beyond the Pines
    Prisoners: Winner
    Short Term 12
    Spring Breakers
    The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Clayton Davis

      Why just the film mentions? No names?

  • Ryan

    Hmmm… Given the lack of films I have seen this year I will just do a hit list of “locked” Best Picture nominees on my front.
    Best Picture:
    12 Years a Slave (Winner)
    The Conjuring
    Gravity
    Mud
    Philomena
    Prisoners
    Rush

    Predicted 3:
    1. Her
    2. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    I’ll try to solve this problem in the coming weeks, but until then, I am liking the choices and am shocked Paul Greengrass missed out. Love the Gyllenhaal mention though.

    • Clayton Davis

      Terence will love you for mentioning The Conjuring.

      • Ryan

        Good to know. I was holding out for a long-shot Best Makeup nomination…. but we all know how that went.

  • Roberto925

    Best Picture :
    12 Years a Slave ~Winner~
    Captain Philips
    Out of the Furnace
    Prisoners (runner-up)
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    All is Lost
    Mud
    Lone Survivor
    Le Passe (The Past)
    Fruitvale Station

    Best Director:
    Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave ~Winner~
    Denis Villeneuve – Prisoners
    Paul Greengrass – Captain Philips
    J.C Chandor – All is Lost (runner-up)
    Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Actor:
    Robert Redford – All is Lost ~Winner~
    Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (runner-up)
    Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace)
    Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt
    *soooo wanted to put Leo in but Isaac was too good to leave off*

    Best Actress:
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine ~Winner~
    Judi Dench – Philomena
    Brie Larson – Short Term 12
    Berenice Bejo – Le Passe(The Past)
    Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Colour (runner-up)

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Barkhad Abdi – Captain Philips
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners (runner-up)
    Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave ~Winner~
    Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
    Matthew McConaughey – Mud

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station (runner-up)
    Sarah Paulson – 12 Years a Slave
    Melissa Leo – Prisoners
    Lupita Nyong’O – 12 Years a Slave ~Winner~
    Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Clayton Davis

      Love the “Prisoners” as runner up. Even though I wasn’t crazy for “Out of the Furnace” it’s good to see it on a list. There’s a good movie buried in there somewhere I believe.

  • Marc Musto

    My top films of 2013:

    1. The Wolf of Wall Street
    2. Gravity
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines
    4. 12 Years a Slave
    5. Rush
    6. Captain Phillips
    7. Prisoners
    8. American Hustle
    9. The Spectacular Now
    10. Saving Mr. Banks

    Waiting to see: Her, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Inside Llewyn Davis

  • Manning Franks

    I have yet to see Her, Lone Survivor, Nebraska, and Dallas Buyer’s Club, so this will likely change as the month of January and February go by!

    Best Picture:
    12 Years A Slave
    Gravity
    Captain Phillips
    Prisoners
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Saving Mr. Banks
    Mud
    Philomena

    Best Director:
    Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
    Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
    Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Denis Villenueve – Prisoners
    Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips

    Best Actor:
    Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Robert Redford – All Is Lost
    Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Chiwetel Ejifor – 12 Years a Slave
    Hugh Jackman – Prisoners

    Best Actress:
    Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
    Judi Dench – Philomena
    Bri Larson – Short Term 12
    Sandra Bullock – Gravity
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners
    Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
    Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks
    Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
    Sarah Paulson – 12 Years a Slave
    Carry Mulligan – Inside Llewyn Davis
    Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

  • kailor

    I won’t list all of my categories but instead will just champion Brie Larson, Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, Destin Cretton, and all of Short Term 12 til the Oscars are over. Yes I love that film.

  • Ben Kelly

    Best Picture:
    12 Years a Slave
    All is Lost
    Before Midnight
    Captain Phillips
    Dallas Buyers Club
    Gravity
    The Hunt
    Mud (Winner)
    Philomena
    The Wolf of Wall Street

    (Haven’t seen Her, Inside Llewyn Davis or Frozen yet)

    Best Actor:
    Leonardo DiCaprio- The Wolf of Wall Street
    Chiwetal Ejiofer- 12 Years a Slave
    Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers Club (Winner)
    Mads Mikkelsen- The Hunt
    Tye Sheridan- Mud

    Best Actress:
    Amy Adams- American Hustle
    Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine
    Judi Dench- Philomena (Winner)
    Greta Gerwig- Frances Ha
    Emma Thompson- Saving Mr. Banks

    Best Supporting Actor
    Michael Fassbender- 12 Years a Slave (Winner)
    Jonah Hill- The Wolf of Wall Street
    Jared Leto- Dallas Buyers Club
    Matthew McConaughey- Mud
    Sam Rockwell- The Way, Way Back

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Sally Hawkins- Blue Jasmine
    Jennifer Lawrence- American Hustle
    Melissa Leo- Prisoners
    Lupita Nyong’o- 12 Years a Slave (Winner)
    Oprah Winfrey- The Butler

    Best Director:
    Alfonso Cuaron- Gravity
    Jean- Marc Vallee- Dallas Buyers Club
    Jeff Nicolas- Mud (Winner)
    Steve McQueen- 12 Years a Slave
    Martin Scorsese- The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Animated Feature:
    The Croods
    Despicable Me 2
    Monsters University (Winner)

    (Haven’t seen Frozen)

    Best Original Screenplay
    Dallas Buyers Club
    The Hunt
    Mud (Winner)
    Saving Mr. Banks
    The Way, Way Back

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    12 Years a Slave
    Before Midnight (Winner)
    Captain Phillips
    Philomena
    The Wolf of Wall Street

  • Andrew Gillespie

    Subject to change, as I haven’t yet seen Blue Jasmine, Short Term 12, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Dallas Buyers Club, or Her, but here’s mine:

    BEST PICTURE:
    American Hustle
    Before Midnight
    Blue is the Warmest Color
    Captain Phillips (runner-up)
    Frozen
    Gravity *WINNER*
    Prisoners
    Spring Breakers
    12 Years a Slave
    The Way, Way Back

    BEST DIRECTOR:
    Alfonso Cuaron-Gravity *WINNER*
    Paul Greengrass-Captain Phillips
    Harmony Korine-Spring Breakers
    Steve McQueen-12 Years a Slave (runner-up)
    David O. Russell-American Hustle

    BEST ACTOR:
    Christian Bale-American Hustle
    Leonardo DiCaprio-The Wolf of Wall Street *WINNER*
    Chiwetel Ejiofor-12 Years a Slave
    Tom Hanks-Captain Phillips (runner-up)
    Hugh Jackman-Prisoners

    BEST ACTRESS:
    Amy Adams-American Hustle (runner-up)
    Sandra Bullock-Gravity *WINNER*
    Adele Exarchopoulos-Blue is the Warmest Color
    Elle Fanning-Ginger & Rosa
    Emma Thompson-Saving Mr. Banks

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    Bradley Cooper-American Hustle
    Jake Gyllenhaal-Prisoners *WINNER*
    Michael Fassbender-12 Years a Slave
    James Franco-Spring Breakers (runner-up)
    Jonah Hill-The Wolf of Wall Street

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    Selena Gomez-Spring Breakers
    Jennifer Lawrence-American Hustle
    Lupita Nyong’o-12 Years a Slave *WINNER*
    Margot Robbie-The Wolf of Wall Street
    Emma Watson-The Bling Ring (runner-up)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
    American Hustle-David O. Russell & Eric Warren Singer (runner-up)
    Don Jon-Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Enough Said-Nicole Holofcener
    Prisoners-Aaron Guzikowski
    The Way, Way Back-Nat Faxon & Jim Rash *WINNER*

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
    Before Midnight-Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, & Richard Linklater *WINNER*
    Blue is the Warmest Color- Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix
    Frozen-Jennifer Lee
    The Spectacular Now- Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (runner-up)
    12 Years a Slave-John Ridley

    BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:
    American Hustle *WINNER*
    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Robert de Niro,
    Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Pena, Jeremy Renner,
    Elisabeth Rohm

    Prisoners
    Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, Dylan Minnette

    12 Years a Slave (runner-up)
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Dwight Henry, Taran Killam, Scoot McNairy, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhane Wallis

    The Way, Way Back
    River Alexander, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Rob Corrdry, Nat Faxon, Liam James, Allison Janney, Zoe Levin, Amanda Peet, Jim Rash, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph

    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Jon Bernthal, P.J. Byrne, Kyle Chandler, Kenneth Choi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Joanna Lumley, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Cristin Miloti, Rob Reiner, Shea Whigham

    BEST ANIMATED FILM:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
    Despicable Me 2 (runner-up)
    Frozen *WINNER*

  • Kel Doucette

    Best Picture
    * 12 Years a Slave
    * Blue Jasmine
    * Captain Phillips
    * Dallas Buyers Club
    * Gravity
    * Her
    * Inside Llewyn Davis

    * Nebraska
    * Out of the Furnace
    * The Spectacular Now

    Runners-Up: Before Midnight, Saving Mr. Banks, The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Director
    * Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    * Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
    * Spike Jonze, Her
    * Scott Cooper, Out of the Furnace
    * Joel Coen/Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

    * Runners-Up: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) and Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

    Best Lead Actor
    * Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
    * Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
    * Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
    * Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
    * Christian Bale, Out of the Furnace

    * Runners-Up: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Miles Tellar (The Spectacular Now) and Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

    Best Lead Actress
    * Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
    * Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    * Sandra Bullock, Gravity
    * Judi Dench, Philomena
    * Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

    * Runners-Up: Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now), Berenice Bejo (The Past) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)

    Best Supporting Actor
    * Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
    * Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    * Will Forte, Nebraska
    * Casey Affleck, Out of the Furnace
    * Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

    * Runners-Up: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) and James Gandolfini (Enough Said)

    Best Supporting Actress
    * Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
    * Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
    * Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
    * Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station
    * Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street

    * Runners-Up: Scarlett Johansson (Her), June Squibb (Nebraska) and Adepero Oduye (12 Years a Slave)

    Best Acting Ensemble
    * 12 Years a Slave
    * Blue Jasmine
    * Nebraska
    * Out of the Furnace
    * The Wolf of Wall Street

    Best Original Screenplay
    * Her
    * Before Midnight (a continuation of an original screenplay, NOT an adaptation)
    * Nebraska
    * Enough Said
    * Dallas Buyers Club

    * Runners-Up: Blue Jasmine, Inside Llewyn Davis and Gravity

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    * Short Term 12
    * Captain Phillips
    * 12 Years a Slave
    * The Spectacular Now
    * The Wolf of Wall Street

    * Runners-Up: Frozen (an original take, though, of an existing story), Philomena and August: Osage County

  • JoeM136

    Considering I haven’t see Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Her, August: Osage County, Lone Survivor, Short Term 12, Blue is the Warmest Color, nor Philomena yet, this list might change a little bit after I see them. Here’s my dream ballot for now:

    Best Picture:

    12 Years A Slave
    Before Midnight (Runner-Up)
    Blue Jasmine
    Frozen
    Fruitvale Station
    Gravity
    Prisoners
    Rush
    The Hunt
    The Wolf of Wall Street (Winner)

    Best Director:

    Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity(Runner-Up)

    Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
    Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street(Winner)
    Richard Linklater – Before Midnight
    David O. Russell – American Hustle

    Best Actor:

    Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Winner)
    Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Runner-Up)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
    Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
    Mads Mikkelsenn – The Hunt

    Best Actress:

    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine (Winner)
    Sandra Bullock – Gravity (Runner-Up)
    Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
    Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
    Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now

    Best Supp. Actor:

    Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
    Daniel Bruhl – Rush (Winner)
    Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners (Runner-Up)

    Best Supp. Actress:

    Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Winner)
    Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
    Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine (Runner-Up)
    Emily Watson – The Book Thief

    Best Original Screenplay:

    Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine (Winner)
    Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
    Ryan Coogler – Fruitvale Station (Runner-Up)
    Alfonso/Jonas Cuaron – Gravity
    Aaron Guzikowski – Prisoners

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight (Winner)
    Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street (Runner-Up)
    John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
    Jennifer Lee – Frozen
    Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now

    Best Animated Feature:

    Frozen (Winner)
    Monsters University (Runner-Up)
    Despicable Me 2

    That’s it for now.