i think you and i have the same picks minus like 8 categories. I want Leo to win over Matthew, Cinematography I can’t even begin to describe how mad i am over fucking Her not being nominated.
I think Her was beautifully shot and at least deserved a nomination, but I can understand why it wasn’t with the other films in the category.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine as Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave as Patsey
Best Original Screenplay: Her - Spike Jonze
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave - John Ridley
Best Animated Feature: Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty - Paolo Sorrentino
Best Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Best Live Action Short: The Voorman Problem - Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
Best Animated Short: Get a Horse! - Lauren MacMullan
Best Original Score: William Butler and Owen Pallet - Her
Best Original Song: The Moon Song from Her - Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze
Best Sound Editing: Gravity - Glenn Freemantle
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Best Cinematography: Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
Best Film Editing: Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Best Visual Effects: Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould
First off, 2013 was an amazing year for film. I’ve only gotten around to watching about 65% of everything that has come out in the states, along with the nominated foreign films to cover my bases in award selections, but there are so many films that have been overlooked by the general public that are worth seeing. I’d highly suggest you simply make a list of films released last year, or use wikipedia for reference, and work your way through them in order to really appreciate this past year’s work. The predictions are who I think deserves the aforementioned awards, with the exception of a few that I’ll list below. One more thing, watch every documentary you can that was publicly released in theatre or viewed at a festival from 2013, they are among some of the best contributions (Cutie and the Boxer, personal favourite) to the film industry and I think that should be a requirement for anyone that considers films in high regard — you’d simply be doing yourself a disservice otherwise.
As for the nominations, I have some objections to my predictions of what will actually come to pass:
Best Picture, personally, I believe that Her deserves an award for Best Picture because it’s so much more than its face value, there are at least twenty (that I count of the top of my head) different mindsets that can be taken in assessing all of the film’s intricacies, and all of the technicalities of production and design in the film are nothing short of top tier professionalism. Considering the film as a whole, it’s timeless, genuine, endearing, and defining of people in these modern times. I know that I put 12 Years a Slave for the prediction, and I’m not against that possible winner. 12 Years a Slave is by far McQueen’s best work, and entirely deserving of the academy award in best picture. Everything about it bleeds ‘oscar-worthy’. I loved the movie, especially Lupita’s acting and Zimmer’s Score — they are by far the best aspects of the film. I can go on and on about either of the films but in the end, I’m really pulling for Her.
Best Actor, 2013 was without a doubt Matthew McConaughey’s finest year in acting with Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, and The Wolf of Wall Street thrown in his lineup (Most people have never heard of it, so I’m just letting you know right now, go watch Mud. It had a showing at Cannes in 2012 but didn’t get a release until 2013; a technicality I know but still a part of 2013 film year). By all means, he deserves an award for best actor, but let’s be honest, Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio was in the impressive yet underwhelming production of The Great Gatsby whose class and flashiness will not go unrecognized at the coming awards, but The Wolf of Wall Street…DiCaprio has been a part of a handful of the best movies ever made, including the number two selling film of all-time, Titanic, but trust me, you could combine every single role he’s ever taken and it would still not match up to his role as Jordan Belfront. With The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio reached a level of acting he didn’t even know he was capable of, and he was nothing short of spectacular from beginning to end at it. He deserves that award more than anyone else on that list.
Best Animated Feature, Frozen is my favourite Disney film since Lilo and Stitch. I love Disney but that magic their films once had is something I haven’t felt since my early childhood, but Frozen reminded me of 90’s and how good it felt to be a kid back then — it has that magical Disney quality. Despite that being said, I don’t think think it deserves the award for best animated feature, a nomination though, of course. Last year Hayao Miyazaki retired leaving behind his final contribution Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises). Miyazaki was the type of artist to never do something half-assed, simple, or anything short of greatness, and the common mistake in viewing his creations are not realizing how profound and sublime they really are, instead simply enjoying how endearing and beautiful they are. There hasn’t been one film made by Hayao that doesn’t stand over a film of Disney’s to some degree. And although his bittersweet swan song Kaze Tachinu isn’t his best work, it is overall better than Frozen.
Ghibli has and probably always will be a superior animation company in comparison to Disney, and the one true tragedy of this year is that Ghibli’s Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari by Isao Takahata will go by unrecognized for being one of the finest animations ever produced, and most assuredly the absolute best of 2013. Another film that will avoid a good majority of public attention despite it’s nomination in the bid, is Ernest & Celestine, which I also believe is better than Frozen. I wish Kaguya-Hime was in the nomination where it belongs so it can receive the award it deserves but instead my hopes are pulling for Kaze Tachinu.
Other, I won’t go much into details with these because after just an initial or partial viewing of them I can’t articulate why exactly I think these films are better other than the fact that after I watched them I felt as if I had seen something better than what I’ve predicted to win. Best Foreign Film, The Hunt. Best Documentary Feature, 20 Feet from Stardom. Best Animated Short, Shooto Piisu “Possessions”.