Oscar Predictions 2014

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t my final shortlist of predictions. Academy Award nominations are announced tomorrow morning so I figure I’ll go through the ringer. For a more thorough analysis of the major categories: click here.

12 Years a Slave  [Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT]

12 Years a Slave  [Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT]

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Fruitvale Station
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
If there are tenThe Wolf of Wall Street
Could make an appearanceSaving Mr. Banks
Watch out forPhilomena
Wish they were hereBefore Midnight and Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Spike Jonze, Her
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Could make an appearance: Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Watch out for: Jean-Marc Vallee, Dallas Buyers Club
Wish they were here: Terrence Malick, To the Wonder

Best Actor in a Lead Role
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Could make an appearance: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Watch out for: Christian Bale, American Hustle
Wish they were here: Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Adèle Exarchopoulos, long-shot contender for Blue is the Warmest Color  [Photo: SUNDANCE SELECTS]

Adèle Exarchopoulos, long-shot contender for Blue is the Warmest Color  [Photo: SUNDANCE SELECTS]

Best Actress in a Lead Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Could make an appearance: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Watch out for: Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Wish they were here: Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Could make an appearance: Daniel Brühl, Rush
Watch out for: Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Wish they were here: James Franco, Spring Breakers

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Could make an appearance: Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station and Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Watch out for: Jennifer Garner, Dallas Buyers Club
Wish they were here: Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways

Following Before Sunset, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater may only be able to secure a writing nomination for Before Midnight [Photo: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS]

Following Before Sunset, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater may only be able to secure a writing nomination for Before Midnight [Photo: SONY PICTURES CLASSICS]

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Tracy Letts, August: Osage County
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Could make an appearance: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Watch out for: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix, Blue is the Warmest Color
Wish they were here: François Ozon and Juan Mayorga, In the House

Best Writing - Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle
Could make an appearance: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
Watch out for: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón, Gravity
Wish they were here: Ryker Chan, Ka-Fai Wai, Nai-Hoi Yau, and Xi Yu, Drug War

Following a citation by the American Cinematographers Association, The Grandmaster may just be able to secure an under-the-radar nomination {Photo: THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY}

Following a citation by the American Cinematographers Association, The Grandmaster may just be able to secure an under-the-radar nomination {Photo: THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY}

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Roger Deakins, Prinsoners
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Phillippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Could make an appearance: Phedon Papmichael, Nebraska
Watch out for: Hoyte Van Hoytema, Her
Wish they were here: Emmanuel Lubezki, To the Wonder

Best Costume Design
Gary Jones, Oz the Great and Powerful
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave
Michael O’ Connor, The Invisible Woman
Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
Could make an appearance: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, and Richard Taylor, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Watch out for: Trish Summerville, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Wish they were here: Erin Benach, The Place Beyond the Pines

Best Film Editing
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, and Crispin Struthers;American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill, Rush
Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips
Joe Walker, 12 Years a Slave
Could make an appearance: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Wolf of Wall Street
Watch out for: Martin Pensa and Jean-Marc Vallee, Dallas Buyers Club
Wish they were here: Douglas Crise and Adam Robinson, Spring Breakers

In a surprisingly fluid category, Best Picture frontrunner American Hustle may be able to gel its way into contention {Photo: Paramount Pictures}

In a surprisingly fluid category, Best Picture frontrunner American Hustle may be able to gel its way into contention {Photo: Paramount Pictures}

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
American Hustle
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Could make an appearanceThe Lone Ranger
Watch out forThe Great Gatsby
Wish they were hereOnly God Forgives

Best Original Score
Arcade Fire, Her
Henry Jackman, Captain Phillips
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks
Steven Price, Gravity
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave 
Could make an appearance: Alexander Ebert, All is Lost
Watch out for: Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Wish they were here: Daniel Hart, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Best Original Song
“Atlas”, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let it Go”, Frozen
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)”, 12 Years a Slave
“Ordinary Love”, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Young and Beautiful”, The Great Gatsby
Could make an appearance: “Happy”, Despicable Me 2
Watch out for: “So You Know What It’s Like”, Short Term 12
Wish they were here: “The Moon Song”, Her

Best Production Design
K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena, Her
Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler, American Hustle
Dan Hennah and Ra Vincent, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Catherine Martin and Beverly Dunn, The Great Gatsby
Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker, 12 Years a Slave
Could make an appearance: Andy Nicholson and Rosie Goodwin, Gravity
Watch out for: Robert Stromberg and Nancy Haigh, Oz the Great and Powerful
Wish they were here: Jess Gonchor and Susan Bode, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Sound Editing
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Iron Man 3
Rush
Could make an appearanceLone Survivor
Watch out forStar Trek Into Darkness
Wish they were hereStoker

Best Sound Mixing
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Lone Survivor
Rush
Could make an appearanceInside Llewyn Davis
Watch out forIron Man 3
Wish they were hereHer

Rain, alien reptiles, and robots destroy the world in Pacific Rim - though can it really compete with Gravity? {Photo: WARNER BROS. PICTURES]

Rain, alien reptiles, and robots destroy the world in Pacific Rim - though can it really compete with Gravity? {Photo: WARNER BROS. PICTURES]

Best Visual Effects
Elysium
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Pacific Rim
World War Z
Could make an appearanceStar Trek Into Darkness
Watch out forIron Man 3
Wish they were hereThe World’s End

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises
Could make an appearanceDespicable Me 2
Watch out forA Letter to Momo
Wish they were hereIs the Man Who is Tall Happy?

One of the year's few early releases to maintain its  momentum, Stories We Tell may be the film to beat - if it can secure the nomination {Photo: ROADSIDE ATTRACTION}

One of the year's few early releases to maintain its  momentum, Stories We Tell may be the film to beat - if it can secure the nomination {Photo: ROADSIDE ATTRACTION}

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
Blackfish
Cutie & the Boxer
Stories We Tell
Could make an appearanceThe Square
Watch out forDirty Wars
Wish they were hereAt Berkeley and Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Grandmaster (Hong Kong)
The Notebook (Hungary)
Could make an appearanceThe Great Beauty (Italy)
Watch out forOmar (Palestine)
Wish they were here (among films submitted by respective country)Heli (Mexico)