The stars are officially sucking in their stomaches and rehearsing their tearful acceptance speeches — Oscar Sunday has arrived! Here’s who should be ready to thank God and their publicist at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
The big day is finally here — cinematic history will be made as the 86th Academy Awards are broadcast live from Los Angeles on March 2. From 12 Years A Slave to Jared Leto and back, here are our picks for who should win on Oscar night.
Academy Awards Winners: Who Should Win On Oscar Night
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
Who Should Win: 12 Years A Slave. It’s really a no-brainer. Steve McQueen‘s powerful, unflinching look at slavery in this big screen adaptation of a true story is filled with unforgettable performances, and Solomon Northup’s tragic-but-inspiring story is so engrossing that you completely forgive the film’s 134-minute run time.
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Who Should Win: As much as we’d love to see the amazing Leonardo DiCaprio finally acknowledged for his years of amazing work, it really is McConaughey’s year. And given how moving his performance as real-life homophobic rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof was, we’re “alright alright alright” with that.
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Who Should Win: Should? We’re going with Amy Adams, who was dazzling in American Hustle. But the trophy will go to Cate Blanchett instead.
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Who Should Win: No disrespect to Michael Fassbender, his wonderfully terrifying performance in 12 Years A Slave, or his awe-inspiring ginger beard, but Jared Leto will and should win.
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Who Should Win: We love you, Jennifer Lawrence, but it’s Lupita Nyong’o who should be tripping her way onstage this year.
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Who Should Win: Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with our choices? Argue your picks — if you dare — in the comments!
— Shaunna Murphy
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