Oscars 2014: Will Win/Should Win (Joseph Braverman)

Cheers to a satisfying film year and one totally worthy Oscar lineup.
Cheers to a satisfying film year and one totally worthy Oscar lineup.
Cheers to a satisfying film year and a totally worthy Oscar lineup…

Ah yes, the film year that was 2013. I’m not sure if I agree that it was unequivocally one of the “greatest years in cinema (exclamation mark!!!!),” but I do concur that it gave us some of the most ambitious, triumphant and awe-inspiring movies we’ve ever been privy to. And for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize a number of them in major categories? Either miracles really do happen or their close-minded tastes have been chainsawed to let the light in, perhaps due to the recent influx of diverse, imaginatively-appreciative members who are contributing more to this industry than simply serving as overlords of Beverly Hills. Aside from maybe American Hustle and Nebraska, no film nominated in “Best Picture” this year feels like a repeat nominee, with the only difference being the exterior presentation. Seven other films — love ’em or hate ’em — break new ground in their own special way and go far beyond the nurturing, ego-stroking confines of the Oscar bubble. So it’s with bittersweet sentiment that I humbly present to you my “Will Win/Should Win” selections, because let’s face it: if ever there was an awards season where every nominee deserved a gold star (in this case, a gold “man-thing” statuette), it’s this one.