Mfa’s 2014 Oscar Picks

January 12th 2015

Trust me. I know movies. And not because I’m a film critic on the side, but because I love movie theater popcorn (#extrabutter). Let’s just say I ate my fair share of popcorn in 2013 because it was a fantastic year in film. Audiences were transported back in time to some beautiful (and not so beautiful) moments in history. We explored Earth from outer space, had the privilege of seeing Bradley Cooper with a jheri curl, enjoyed a cat fight between Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, watched the AIDS epidemic unfold, witnessed what excess, greed and over indulgence can lead to (read: Leonardo DiCaprio on Quaaludes) and much, much more.

 

One of our favorite pre-Oscars rituals here at Mfa is choosing our winning picks for our annual Oscar pool. This was a year of truly tremendous acting, and it made selecting our picks quite difficult! With that, here are my 2014 Oscars predictions for the top categories:

 

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

 

Steve McQueen’s portrayal of one of our country’s darkest eras is a sure thing for Best Picture. It is not an easy movie to watch, with many moments of extreme brutality, but it is a brilliant film that depicts American slavery in an honest and artful manner. The film took home the Best Picture award at both the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards and I predict an Oscar win to round out the season.

 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

 

His physical transformation into HIV victim Ron Woodroof was nothing short of incredible and his performance as a wild cowboy-turned-activist was riveting. This role took McConaughey from Rom-Com heartthrob (be honest, you loved him in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days) to a hard-hitting actor.

 

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

 

Similar to my McConaughey pick, this was a no brainer for anyone who has seen the film. If you’re questioning this, just go see it.

 

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

 

#FLAWLESS.

 

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

 

America’s sweetheart “J. Law” will be taking home the gold come March 2. She’s arguably the most talented young actress in Hollywood right now and she was electric portraying an unruly, unpredictable Long Island housewife in American Hustle.

 

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

 

Cuaron has also won nearly every precursor award this season (Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Directors Guild of America Awards) and the Oscars are sure to continue this trend. His stunning space thriller was a true sensory experience, welding big action scenes with silent moments of reflection and giving the audience an authentic and dramatic look at outer space.

 

So, who are your favorites?

 

By Lauren Ryback

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