Who’ll be nominated for an Oscar? Time for predictions

01/12/2014 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:21 AM

We’re deep into the abyss of movie awards season now, as the Golden Globe Awards get handed out Sunday night in Hollywood.

It’s sure to be a star-studded spectacle, as most view the Globes as just a big party – their merit is questionable. I mean, come on, they’re voted on by journalists. From another country, even (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association). Yawn.

It’s usually an entertaining show, nevertheless, as the stars seem to get more than a little tipsy. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts. The show starts at 7 p.m. on KSNW, Channel 3.

Then the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out Saturday. That show starts at 7 p.m., to be broadcast on TBS. As if actors don’t get enough attention, now they’ll pat each other on the back.

It’s all leading up to the Academy Awards, of course. And speaking of, Oscar nominations come out on Thursday. Some fields seem locked, but some are way overcrowded. Either way, there are sure to be some surprises.

Outguessing the Academy is futile, through every film buff does. Here, then, are my nomination predictions for major Academy Award categories. These are not necessarily films and performers I think deserve to be nominated, I just think they will.

•  Best picture

There can be at least five films nominated but up to 10. First, the sure things:

“12 Years A Slave”

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Gravity”

“Saving Mr. Banks”

Wild cards that could make it:

“Her”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Nebraska”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

•  Best director

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees earlier this week, often signaling who will be on Oscar’s list. It’s not usually a direct copy, but I think this year it will be:

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

•  Lead actor

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

Wild cards:

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

•  Lead actress

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

•  Supporting actor

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

•  Supporting actress

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”

About Movie Maniac

The Eagle's Rod Pocowatchit offers his musings on the screen scene.

Reach Rod at rpocowatchit@wichitaeagle.com.

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