Faulhaber’s Oscar Predictions: 2014 Edition
February 28, 2014
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It has been a long road to the red carpet. The Faulhaber team has once again made it our mission to see all the nominated films in some of the top categories. Following tradition, we’ve recapped the films and made our predictions.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS
Jared Leto. We doubt there is a question in anyone’s mind that Leto will take home this award. We’ve been hooked since he was Jordan Catalano (which we’re sure he’d hate to hear - but it’s the truth).
Best Supporting Actress is one of the toughest categories. Lupita Nyong’o’s remarkable performance in 12 Years a Slave was definitely award worthy but she’s up against some of Hollywood’s most talented ladies. Who can forget Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in American Hustle? She stole every scene and had us crying of laughter. Not to mention, The Academy loves her. Lawrence is our pick, but we do love a good plot twist/surprise winner.
Our office was torn in two for the Best Actress category. While the public loves Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep, our team sees this award going home with Amy Adams or Cate Blanchett. Adams was strong and compelling in American Hustle, but it’s hard to imagine anyone knocking the unstoppable Blanchett from her frontrunner spot. She was completely transformed in Blue Jasmine, delivering a hilarious, depressing, and completely captivating performance. Blanchett for the win!
This year, the Best Actor category is especially exciting, with nominees we rarely see celebrated. Critics’ choice is Matthew McConaughey for his fantastic transformation in Dallas Buyers Club. The Faulhaber team is rooting for Leonardo DiCaprio. Constantly snubbed by The Academy, we were thrilled to see him acknowledged for his brilliant performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. We would love to see him take this home. And no one can deny the Oscar-worthy performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave. Our final prediction? McConaughey. He has definitely come a long way since his romcom days in The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Critics predict Gravity will take home the biggest award of the night. The showdown between this film and 12 Years a Slave is on. In our opinion, 12 Years a Slave was the most stirring and captivating film of 2014. We needed to sit in silence for 12 minutes following the film just to put ourselves back together. But no one can deny the experience that Gravity created for viewers. We think Gravity will take it home, but our hearts are still with 12 Years a Slave.
It has to be Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. Not only for the technical aspects of the film, but for Sandra Bullock’s and George Clooney’s remarkable performances. We have loved Cuarón’s work since Harry Potter and are in awe of his versatility as a director. We don’t see any competition in this category.
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