Kevin’s Oscar Rant Plus 2014 Oscar Predictions

Alfred Hitchcock NEVER WON an Oscar for Best Director. Stanley Kubrick NEVER WON an Oscar for Best Director. “Shakespeare in Love” won Best Picture over “Saving Private Ryan.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Gary Oldman have NEVER won an Oscar. Oldman was only nominated once! Martin Scorsese didn’t win Best Director or Best Picture until “The Departed” (Did the Academy not see “Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”, “Casino” or a little film called “Goodfellas”?) The list goes on…

This random rant is a little late but I needed to vent. It still blows my mind how out of touch the Academy Awards really are. This year alone, they failed to nominate some of the greatest performances I’ve seen from actors in years!

First of all, how do you NOT nominate Michael B. Jordan for his incredible, emotional and gripping performance in “Fruitvale Station”. I cried throughout the entire ending credits of that film. I sat in that theatre as an emotional mess. His performance was flawless and I was completely immersed in the story.

Did the Academy see the last five minutes of “Captain Phillips”?!? That is arguably the greatest acting I’ve ever seen from Tom Hanks. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such a raw, vulnerable and emotional performance from an actor. As much as I loved Christian Bale and Bruce Dern, I think they should have been replaced by Michael B. Jordan and Tom Hanks!

Don’t even get me started on Emma Thompson’s snub! “Saving Mr. Banks” was easily one of the best films of 2013. Thompson carried that entire film and her character arc was incredible!

What about Sam Rockwell in one of the best films of 2013; “The Way Way Back”! When is the Academy going to recognize him?! Did they even see “Moon”? The ping pong scene?! Even Steve Carell deserves recognition for “The Way Way Back”.

On a positive note, The Academy did nominate “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and Leonardo DiCaprio. Even though DiCaprio deserves it, he won’t win. The award will go to Matthew McConaughey for his incredible performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Though, I’d like to see Chiwetel Ejiofor (he was amazing!) win if we are taking DiCaprio out completely).

Still hoping for a “Gravity” Best Picture win and a DiCaprio Best Actor Win. Knowing the Academy though, that would be nearly impossible!

My Oscar Predictions

Best Picture
Will Win: “12 Years A Slave”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Best Actor
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey “Dallas Buyers Club”
Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actress
Will Win: Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”
Should Win: Sandra Bullock “Gravity”

Supporting Actor
Will Win: Jared Leto “Dallas Buyers Club”
Should Win: Jared Leto “Dallas Buyers Club”

Supporting Actress
Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o “12 Years A Slave”
Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o “12 Years A Slave”

Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron “Gravity”
Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron “Gravity”

Animated Feature
Will Win: “Frozen”
Should Win: “Frozen”

Will Win: Emmanuel Lubezki “Gravity”
Should Win: Emmanuel Lubezki “Gravity”

Costume Design
Will Win: “American Hustle”
Should Win: “The Great Gatsby”

Documentary Feature
Will Win: “The Act Of Killing”
Should Win: “The Act of Killing”

Documentary Short Subject
Will Win: “Facing Fear”

Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Foreign Language Film
Will Win: “The Broken Circle Breakdown”

Will Win: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Should Win: “Bad Grandpa”

Film Score
Will Win: Steven Price “Gravity”
Should Win: Steven Price “Gravity”

Will Win: “Frozen”
Should Win: “Frozen”

Production Design
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Short Film (Animated)
Will Win: “Feral”

Short Film (Live Action)
Will Win: “Helium”

Sound Editing
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Sound Mixing
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Visual Effects
Will Win: “Gravity”
Should Win: “Gravity”

Adapted Screenplay
Will Win: “12 Years A Slave”
Should Win: “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Original Screenplay
Will Win: “Her”
Should Win: “Her”

Thanks for reading!
– Kevin