Fierce Competition Predicted for Oscars

Nathan Fisher

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Illustration by Sophie Cooper-Ellis.

Move aside “Downton Abbey” and “Good Wife,” because the Oscars are on Sunday, March 2. That’s right, the golden phallus, the Academy Award of Merit, dubbed the Oscars, will be awarded to the top dogs in the film industry. This year’s competition was fierce, and it showcased a plethora of standout movies. Well, I guess there has to be a winner, so here are some of my picks for this year’s most sought-after Oscar winners.

Best Actor: Three diverse male, alpha dog performances stood out. Leonardo DiCaprio encapsulated the drug/power/sex/money-obsessed sleazy financier in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” DiCaprio owned the screen as the king of decadence for almost three hours. Chiwetel Ejiofor slaved away in “12 Years a Slave,” giving a powerful performance that almost moved me to tears. But despite these two knockout performances, my vote for best actor goes to former pretty boy rom-com king, Matthew McConaughey, for his role as a bigoted macho cowboy with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey, former sexiest man of the year, lost more than 40 pounds to play this role fighting to survive AIDS in the 1990s.

Best Actress: Three female performances are noteworthy. Sandra Bullock’s performance in “Gravity” as a reluctant astronaut struggling not to be swept into space was strong, but overshadowed by the sheer beauty of the movie’s cinematography. The horse race in this category is really between Amy Adams with her performance in “American Hustle” and Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine.” (Sorry, Meryl, for once I just don’t think this is your year). Deep down I’m hoping Amy Adams wins because I could not take my eyes off of her the entire movie. Sure, she wasn’t wearing much clothing, but it was her charisma and acting performance that mesmerized me, not the lack of outer (and under) wear.

Best Animated Feature Film: Oh, I do love animated movies, and I was not disappointed this year! Although I am a huge fan of “Despicable Me 2” and decorated the entire Anderson C-Section with “Despicable” memorabilia last semester, Disney’s “Frozen” was magical and gets my vote. I fell in love with the voices, the characters, the animation and the songs. You may even hear me singing “Let It Go” occasionally in my room…

Best Picture: For those of you who were unable to make it out to see many of the nominated movies in theaters, I cannot stress enough how powerful this year’s nominees are. Each film brings different elements qualifying it for the title of “Best Picture.” “Her” made me think about technology and love in a new and beautiful way. “The Wolf of Wall Street” glorified sex, drugs and criminals for three hours. “Philomena” had great chemistry between Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and made me laugh and fall in love with the sad characters in depressing situations. “American Hustle” brings the ’70s and ’80s alive in a well-written and well-acted crime film filled to the brim with star power. In the end, the two movies that I believe to be vying for the award are “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave.” Without a doubt, “Gravity” is going to win big in the technical awards categories. “12 Years a Slave” was, at times, almost too hard to watch, but the brutal story of a free man sold back into slavery and fighting his way to go back home for over a decade deserves the award for Best Picture.

Now, grab some buddies, throw a bright red sheet down on the ground leading to your TV, don your best outfit, grab a bucket of popcorn, pop a cork or two and tune in with me on Sunday, March 2, to watch Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars!

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