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Marc Glassman's Oscar Picks 2014

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Every year, I pick ‘em and every year, I miss! That’s me and the Oscars. I try to imagine what an Academy voter would think but try as I might, I can’t seem to enter their minds. Even the Zoomer influence doesn’t seem to work. I’m the right age to be a voter at this point but I haven’t spent the last 35 years working on costumes or rewriting scripts or adjusting the lights for a scene.

I’ve been alone in the dark, assessing films instead. I love writing and thinking about them. Why did Steve McQueen decide to make 12 Years a Slave so unfailingly brutal? What makes Jennifer Lawrence such a surprise in every performance she gives us? How did Matthew McConaughey effect that surprising change from bland hunky boy to the new Marlon Brando? Those are the kinds of questions I ask myself.

Will all the people I responded to in 2013 win prizes? Probably Laurence and McConaughey will but I doubt that McQueen will emerge a winner.

But what am I saying? McQueen is a winner—a Turner Prize for the Arts winner–and a happy man who lives in Holland with his wife and kids. Hey, he’s one of the finest artists in the world. Does he need an Oscar? Of course not.

When the winners say, “I’m just happy to be in the company of…,” they’re not wrong. Look at the Best Actor nominees: Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofur and McConaughey. Is there a loser amongst them?

And what actor wouldn’t want to be in that group?

Do I have a problem with this year’s Oscars? Yes, I do. What happened do Inside Llewyen Davis? It might be the best picture of the year and didn’t even get nominated! Heck, the Academy could have made it the tenth selection. But they didn’t.

Sometimes the world is unjust. Well, actually, oftentimes. But don’t get me started!

OK—My selections are in CAPS—with some comments.

86th Academy Awards nominees

March 2, 2014 — Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Best Picture

 

AND THE WINNER IS…AMERICAN HUSTLE.
IT SHOULD BE…12 YEARS A SLAVE.WHY IS IT HUSTLE IS THE WINNER? IT’S FUNNY AND SEXY AND JUST DARK ENOUGH TO APPEAL TO VOTERS. NOT LIKE 12 YEARS, WHICH IS GENUINELY  TOO DARK.
Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

AND THE WINNER IS…MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY
IT SHOULD BE…CHIWETEL EJIOFURDON’T GET ME WRONG. I LOVE THE NEW McCONAUGHEY. HE’S GREAT IN TRUE DETECTIVE AND, QUITE FRANKLY, IN THIS PORTRAYAL OF AN AMERICAN HETEROSEXUAL DYING OF AIDS AND LEARNING HOW TO LOVE GAY PEOPLE…BUT EJIOFUR HAS A MORE NUANCED ROLE AND DOES AMAZINGLY WELL IN 12 YEARS—AND THIS MAY BE HIS ONLY CHANCE. OH, WELL.
Best Actress in a Leading Role

 

AND THE WINNER IS…CATE BLANCHETT – WHICH IS CORRECT.SHE’S BRILLIANT IN THE ROLE OF A RICH WOMAN DOWN ON HER LUCK. I HOPE THE LATEST CONTROVERSY AROUND WOODY ALLEN WON’T ROB HER OF A PRIZE SHE DESERVES…RUNNER UP (I HOPE) SANDRA BULLOCK FOR HER VERY APPEALING PERFORMANCE IN GRAVITY
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
AND THE WINNER IS…JARED LETOLETO IS ABSOLUTLEY EXCEPTIONAL AS THE TRANSVESTITE BFF OF McCONAUGEHEY. I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE WINNING THIS BUT I DO THINK ALL OF THE ACTING IN THIS CATEGORY WAS TOP-NOTCH
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
AND THE WINNER IS…JENNIFER LAWRENCESHE CREATED AN INDELIBLE CHARACTER OUT OF BITS AND PIECES. SHE’S FUNNY, SEXY, DIM-WITTED AND IMPOSSIBLY CLEVER.SECOND CHOICE: LUPITA NYONGO’O FOR HER COURAGEOUS PORTRAYAL OF A SLAVE “LOVED” BY HER MASTER. SHE’S WONDERFUL AND DESERVES TO HAVE A LONG CAREER IN FILM.
Best Animated Feature
AND THE WINNER IS…THE WIND RISES
THIS IS A TRULY GORGEOUS, WONDERFULLY ADULT FILM BUT IT COULD LOSE TO: FROZEN, WHICH HAS LOVELY TUNES, GREAT LOOKING ANIMATION AND A CRAZY, ILLOGICAL STORYLINE.
Best Cinematography

AND THE WINNER IS…EMMANUEL LUBEZKI FOR GRAVITY

VISIONARY!
SECOND CHOICE IS THE SUSAN LUCCI OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS, ROGER A. DEAKINS

Best Costume Design
AND THE WINNER IS…CATHERINE MARTIN FOR THE GREAT GATSBY
Best Directing

 

AND THE WINNER IS..ALFONSO CUARON
SHOULD BE…STEVE McQUEEN
PEOPLE MISTAKE SPECIAL F/X FOR DIRECTING.
Best Documentary Feature
AND THE WINNER IS…THE ACT OF KILLINGThe Act of KillingINNOVATIVE FILM SHOWING LEGALLY SANCTIONED KILLERS RESTAGING THEIR CRIMES ON FILM IS UNNERVING, CONTROVERSIAL AND MUST BE SEEN
SECOND CHOICE…THE SQUARE…BUT THIS IS AN EXCELLENT CATEGORY
Best Documentary Short

 

AND THE WINNER IS… THE LADY IN NUMBER 6the_lady_in_number_6_still01
Best Film Editing

 

AND THE WINNER IS…GRAVITY (OF COURSE)
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Best Foreign Language Film
AND THE WINNER IS…THE GREAT BEAUTY
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WHO CAN BEAT FELLINI ESPECIALLY NOW THAT HE’S DEAD?
Best Makeup and Hairstyling

 

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Dallas Buyers Club
Best Original Score

 

AND THE WINNER IS…GRAVITY(OF COURSE)
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Best Original Song

 

AND THE WINNER IS…ORDINARY LOVE
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DO YOU REALLY WANT TO FIGHT U2?
Best Production Design

 

THE GREAT GATSBY
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Best Animated Short Film

 

ROOM ON THE BROOM
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Best Live Action Short Film

 

THE VOORMAN PROBLEM600full-the-voorman-problem-screenshot
Best Sound Editing

 

THE HOBBITdesolation-of-smaug-dragon
Best Sound Mixing

 

THE HOBBITTHE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Best Visual Effects
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Best Adapted Screenplay

 

BEFORE MIDNIGHTBefore-Midnight-2
Best Original Screenplay

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