Oscar Predictions 2013 Season

In a few days the big event will be upon us. I know it will be worth everything I endured the past year. There was the teen movie where the audience looked like it was separated into different groups, huddled by the campfire glow from their cell phones, texting away. I recall the small cluster of elderly people behind me who I assumed were addicted to hard candies based on the crackling, unwrapping noises that pierced the still air throughout most of the movie. All of these things will melt from my memories as the flood of winning Oscar nominees settle into fresh impressions. This was a tough year for me with a few of the categories because the competition was so close. I have my pre-Oscar meal planned, washed my soft cozy afghan and dusted the big screened television; so, I am ready for my favorite day of the year. I really do not have a bucket list but one day I want to be part of the audience sitting at the Oscar telecast. Better yet, I would do almost anything to be a seat filler. If the chance ever comes I already know I would leave behind a tastefully wrapped chocolate candy on each celebrity’s seat upon my departure. Please find below my choices for who I feel should receive the Oscar this year.

BEST ACTOR:  Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

This was a tough call because I feel Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave deserves it just as much as Matthew. I would prefer a tie here; however, I feel the academy will choose Matthew based on his recent body of work.

BEST ACTRESS:  Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

If anyone can grab this from Cate it will be Judi Dench for Philomena. This is tough but I decided on Cate for her different moods on display.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

His role was more complicated to pull off and he was brilliant with his performance.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave

I actually was leaning towards Jennifer Lawrence for the longest time but the more I thought about it I decided Lupita was extra special. The dark horse here would be June Squibb for Nebraska, but Lupita deserves the win.

BEST DIRECTOR:  Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

This was the hardest one for me to make a decision.  Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity deserves this just as much as Steve McQueen. The new technology he created for the cameras, the difficulty in pushing actors who were alone in many scenes; it was amazing work. However, I am choosing Steve based on the variety of cast and scenes in this film. He kept me absolutely engaged throughout the film.

BEST PICTURE:  12 Years a Slave

Since the beginning I have been telling everyone that this film needs to be shown in every classroom. Being based on a true story only made this movie more incredible for me.



I only saw 3 out of the 5 nominees and if I had seen The Wind Rises my answer may have been different.


So another year comes to a close and I want to thank each of you for your encouragement, support, comments and total acceptance of me; a part neurotic, obsessive, film lover.


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 25, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I agree with you but I want June Squibb to win for best supporting actress. She had a much bigger part than the young woman in 12 years a slave and I felt she stole that movie….also let it Go should win best song. Still haven’t seen Philomena!

  2. Frozen in first is fine with me. The lyrics are memorized to Olaf’s award winning song, “In Summer.”

  3. Cate was Jasmine.. Her total unravelling was so intense.

  4. Every pick in the big five categories mirror mine except Director. I do think Cuaron will pull that one out.

    • Is it possible we are brothers from a different mother? A happy and healthy Oscar weekend to you and yours, Keith. May the new movie season provide us with unexpected joyous surprises.

  5. 12 years a slave is one of the few movies I would say needed to be fleshed out. It ended so abruptly and it didn’t feel like he was enslaved for 12 years, more like 3-4. Also Brad Pitt’s character should have been explained. I am still peeved Inside Llewyn Davis and Blue Jasmine weren’t nominated for Best picture. Out of the nominated pictures I hope ‘Gravity’ wins. I agree with your Best actor/actress picks. Cheers.

  6. I hope Meryl and Leo win!

  7. The Dancing Rider

    I think 12 years is going to win … a lot. It is great that you love films the way you do. Look forward to many more reviews!

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