The staff writers of AwardsCircuit.com has weighed in on this year’s Academy Awards (the Oscars) and it has all come down to this. So much pressure as the Editor-in-Chief, you are looked upon to “know” the answers which in past years has not been the case. With a wide open race in several categories, we are in for a very tension filled Oscar night from beginning to end. Sunday marks the end of our fiscal year at Awards Circuit and I feel it appropriate to do my Oscar-type speech.
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Enough with the sappy crap. You have all come here for the official Oscar Predictions for the Awards Circuit. There’s so much to take into account and I haven’t felt less confident about my choices in previous years then I do now. All I can do is say, “whatever happens, it was a hell of a ride.”
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COULD WIN: Gravity
SHOULD WIN: Gravity
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films), Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics), and The Square (Netflix)
The one that will have everyone at the edge of their seat, no matter how Best Director or Editing go. The guilds went mostly different directions. The Producers Guild of America tied Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, on a preferential balloting system no less while the Screen Actors Guild awarded American Hustle. The Directors Guild of America rewarded Alfonso Cuaron with the BAFTA and Golden Globes going with Steve McQueen’s film in their top categories. I have never been a fan of “predicting” a Best Picture/Best Director split. I’ve only done it two times since I’ve been officially writing and both times, I felt like a moron after I did it (since I know you’re wondering, I did it with Little Miss Sunshine/Martin Scorsese and The King’s Speech/David Fincher, both shortsighted). This year, looks like I’m going with the highly acclaimed and rewarded film from Steve McQueen. 12 Years a Slave just seems like the more viable option for Oscar voters.
COULD WIN: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
SHOULD WIN: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Spike Jonze (Her)
For someone who thoroughly appreciates everything that Alfonso Cuaron brought to the table with Gravity, I’m still surprised that all the guilds and award shows embraced him the way they did. Even with that, I’m still not convinced that its far and away Alfonso Cuaron for the win. I still think Steve McQueen is very much on the table, especially if voters are voting the film #1 in Best Picture. Kristen Lopez had the gumption to choose McQueen. I would love to join her. I’m afraid to.