With room for real-life stories, a little computer romance, some hard-hitting drama, and even some action and/or comedy, this year’s batch of nominees is certainly an eclectic bunch — so let’s take a look at them all, reminisce about how many we’ve seen, and then hit the comments section to weigh in on their odds of winning come March 2. Payne's direction and gorgeous black-and-white visuals capture the mood and feeling of a fading world, offering a compassionate look at Americans whose unflattering ways often make them the butt of jokes. The Bottom Line: Philomena appears to be a dark horse candidate in every Oscar category that it's been nominated in - though, that's not to say it could never manage an upset, mind you.
Why It Should Win: In Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey delivers a show-stopping performance in a "inspired by real events" dramedy that offers a more intimate perspective on the U.S. HIV/AIDS crisis during the 1980s. Despite roundly snubbing him for all of his masterpieces back in the day, the Academy has been kind to late-period Scorsese, with wins for The Departed and a nod for Hugo, and now another — and a well-deserved one at that — for his tour de force takedown of fiscal folly. The final result is a fantastic (meta-)physical meditation on spiritual rebirth, presented as a non-stop heart-pounding adventure to survive in space. Former enfant terrible David O. Russell has practically become synonymous with Oscar prestige of late. March 2, 2014, 9:54 PM • 4 min read. Why It Should Win: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese reunite for a wickedly biting deconstruction of reckless alpha-male behavior in the financial sector, in the shape of The Wolf of Wall Street. Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" WINNER, Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street", Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street", Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club" WINNER, "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" WINNER, "Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall", "Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone", "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", "Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything), " Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" And with good reason, too: the British director’s art-film pedigree lends this grim tale a chilly atmosphere, while the performances — Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o among them — represent powerful shadings of the human spirit, for good and for evil. As the Los Angeles Times‘ Kenneth Turan observed, “When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result.”, Always bet on Marty when it comes to the Oscars. Why It Should Win: Her - the latest creation from writer/director Spike Jonze - paints a semi-plausible (but still imaginative) portrait of the future, in order to tell a meaningful story about how people find, keep and/or lose love in a technology-heavy world. Awards tracker: Which movies are winning top honors? 20 Feet from Stardom. Steve McQueen’s harrowing adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir has been riding a wave of critical acclaim ever since it wowed audiences in Telluride and Toronto, so it’s no surprise to see it leading the Oscar frontrunners for Best Picture. Joaquin Phoenix excels at serving as the strange, yet empathetic heart of the film, while Scarlett Johansson engineers (no pun) a rich character using only her voice. With dual acclaimed performances — as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks and the besieged captain in Paul Greengrass’s real-life thriller — it’s a good chance the multiple Academy Award winner will be revisiting the podium this year. Alfonso Cuarón’s interstellar adventure came freighted with high expectations, and delivered both commercially and critically — making it the kind of all-round winner the industry loves to reward. For a recap of each award that went out on Sunday night, scroll through our list of all nominees and winners. Oscars 2014 Results: Complete Winners' List Lupita Nyong'o wins the Oscar for best supporting actress. Why It Shouldn't Win: McQueen and writer John Ridley examine the physical atrocities of slavery, but short-change others key elements - like the characters' psychology or plot points that illustrate how the institution of American slavery functioned - resulting in a slavery movie that arguably doesn't have all that much to say about its subject matter. ), Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, Gravity — WINNER, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier, The Lone Ranger, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton, Star Trek Into Darkness, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club — WINNER, Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger, Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby — WINNER.
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Best Directing. Whereas in recent years there's generally been a Best Picture front-runner headed into the ceremony (see: Argo last year, The Artist in 2012), this year there isn't a single film that's swept the awards shows preceding the Oscars - and thus, gained enough momentum to really suggest that the Academy's top prize is its to lose, at this stage. Dazzling in its digital virtuosity, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney starrer used the latest advancements in CG technology for the old-fashioned purpose of bringing audiences to the edge of their seats, where they dutifully remained, in thrall, for 90 minutes. The 2014 Best Picture Nominees In this special edition of Total Recall, we take a closer look at this year's contenders. An array of brilliants films were up for nomination, but "12 Years a Slave” ultimately took home the honors for its incredible story of Solomon Northup, a free man who struggles to survive as a slave in pre-Civil War America, while Lupita Nyong'o gave a touching tribute speech for her Best Supporting Actress win for the same film.
As a grizzled old coot squaring off against a vanishing landscape, Dern is the soul of the picture — and his acting nod might rub off on Payne. The Oscar race officially kicks off with the Academy Awards nominations, "American Hustle" and "Gravity" top all films, with 10 nominations each. 86th Academy Awards nominations – Best foreign language film nominees: "Omar" (pictured), "The Broken Circle Breakdown," "The Great Beauty," "The Hunt" and "The Missing Picture… “The story touches on some of the thorniest issues of Catholic doctrine and tempers its righteous anger with a tone more sad than bitter,” noted J.R. Jones at the Chicago Reader. Still, this one’s got as good a chance as Scorsese’s had of late. by RT Staff | January 16, 2014 | Comments. In exactly one week we will know the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. We're less than a week away from the 86th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which shall (finally) bring the 2014 Oscar race to a conclusion and reveal which directors, actors, and technical artists are recognized by their Hollywood peers for having done great work in 2013. Screenwriter Terence Winter adapted Jordan Belfort's memoir into a grand spectacle of bad behavior and debauchery, brought to life through Scorsese's technical finesse and DiCaprio's fully-committed performance. Each award was intended to honor different and equally important aspects of superior filmmaking.
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