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“LET IT GOOOO, let it go!”: Loop’s 2014 Oscar predictions

Has another year of film passed by yet again so seemingly effortlessly and ever so graciously? Why yes, yes it has! It’s been a fun one, you guys. I already gave you my 2013 movie picks (which I’m sad to see some of them not make this list, like: no Rush? No Frances Ha? Did they forget all about The Iceman? And I mean, COME ON!: no Emma Thompson?), and here are my probably way too thought out and over-analytically put together Oscar predictions (*= category where I did not see every film, **= category I did not see any film).

Best Picture

Captain Phillips
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dallas Buyers Club


– Christian Bale, American Hustle
– Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
– Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
– Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club


– Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
– Sandra Bullock, Gravity
– Judi Dench, Philomena
– Amy Adams, American Hustle
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County


Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
–  The Wolf of Wall Street

Supporting Actor

– Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
– Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
– Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
– Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
– Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
– Julie Roberts, August: Osage County
– June Squibb, Nebraska

Documentary Feature*

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Foreign Language**

The Great Beauty
– The Hunt
– The Broken Circle Breakdown
– The Missing Picture
– Omar


The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

Animated Feature*

– The Croods
– Despicable Me 2
– Frozen
– Ernest & Celestine
– The Wind Rises

Costume Design

American Hustle
– The Grandmaster
– The Great Gatsby
– The Invisible Woman
– 12 Years a Slave

Makeup / Hair

– Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
– The Lone Ranger

Original Score

– John Williams, “The Book Thief”
– Steven Price, “Gravity”
– William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
– Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
– Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Original Song*

– Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel, “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
– Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams, “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let it Go,” from “Frozen”
– Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, “The Moon Song,” from “Her”
– Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson, “Oridinary Love,” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Production Design

American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Documentary Short Subject**

– “CaveDigger”
– “Facing Fear”
– “Karma Has No Walls”
– “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
– “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hill”

Film Editing

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Live Action Short**

– “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
– “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)”
– “Helium”
– “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
– “The Voorman Problem”

Sound Editing

All is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Visual Effects

– Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
– The Lone Ranger
– Iron Man 3
– Star Trek Into Darkness

(source: The Washington Post; photo via Hypable)

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.