Four days til the Academy Awards! I was able to watch all 9 Best Picture nominees this year, a first for me. Much thanks to online streaming and torrent sites, and some literal pirate bay I went to one Monday afternoon. Having said that, let me dish out my predictions on who and what films are going to win (or for some, who I would want to win) in the major categories. I am not much of a film critic, just fond of watching movies so spare me of being biased. This time, however, will be a little different, for I will do a “who should win and who would win” sort of thing. Let’s get the ball rollin’, shall we?
Actress in a Supporting Role
Who should win – JUNE SQUIBB for Nebraska. She is my most favorite this year! She did not necessarily play the good part, her role was not at all charming but altogether lovely and funny that you just can’t help but gave her a loud cheer. If last year there’s a catchphrase that went, “Argofuck yourselves!” hers is “You can all just go fuck yourselves!”
Who would win – JENNIFER LAWRENCE for American Hustle. Let’s admit it, she’s an Academy favorite. I can’t blame them. I loooove her, too! She’s very effective in this film; her craziness, her being a beautiful domineering careless and sometimes dumb wife, her lip-locking with Amy Adams! Maaan! She never fail to surprise me. Note: I am ready for a Lupita Nyong’o upset.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Who should win AND who would win - JARED LETO for Dallas Buyers Club. You can probably say his role for this film is an Oscar bait. Maybe. But Leto delivered here. Performance wise, transforming wise, nobody else should get it but Jared. And if it’s indeed a bait, the Academy got themselves a big fish at that!
Actress in a Leading Role
Who should win – MERYL STREEP for August: Osage County. First 5 minutes of the film, and I am sold. Acting in spades. Can she do no wrong? I can watch her in this film all day and I you will not hear me complain. It’s THE Meryl Streep, anyway.
Who would win – AMY ADAMS for American Hustle. I can go all day telling you about how fine an actress she is; from Enchanted, Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, etc. She never fail to mesmerize me. But let me just say this… It’s about time!!
Actor in a Leading Role
Who should win – MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY for Dallas Buyers Club. First, he transformed. It was a totally different McConaughey. Then, he gave an incredible performance backed up with an amazing and based in true events story. It’s Oscars written all over, I tell you.
Who would win – LEONARDO DiCAPRIO for The Wolf of Wall Street. Just give him the golden trophy, PLEAAASE!! DiCaprio is also an Academy favorite…. snob, that is. I think, and I hope, this will be his year. I gotta say, he wowed me in this film. For the first time, I did not see Jack Dawson in him. I think that’s the problem with Leo. After all these years, we still see that young Mr. Dawson in each film he’s making. Let’s see if this would be an exception.
Who I want to win – HER, Spike Jonze. This is the film I can relate to the most, hence it’s my pick for the Best Picture category. It’s a long shot, but who cares. Joaquin Phoenix made me cry, yes. That’s why when I found out he wasn’t even nominated, I cried too. Nah, just kidding “Despite its initially unsettling romantic premise, it speaks volumes about how and why we need to love.” to borrow a quote I retweeted.
Who would win – AMERICAN HUSTLE, David O. Russell. I’m not really a fan of this movie, honestly. But the buzz and hype for this film is loud. I may have to watch it again for me to appreciate it more. I loved the songs, though.
So, there. Whoever wins among the ones I listed, I’m good. I can’t wait for the Oscars on Monday morning (Philippine time). It’s another field day for all film buffs like me. See you all at the Red Carpet!