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Oscars 2014: Who will win and who should win? ‘12 Years A Slave,’ ‘Gravity’ or ‘American Hustle’?

By Daniel S Levine,

The 86th Academy Awards are now just three days away, which means we can still have a bit of fun picking which films we think will win the awards. There are nine movies up for Best Picture and 20 performances up competing for four Oscars. How will it end? How should it end?

Best Director:
Will win: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Should win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

I have never understood how the Best Director of the year could potentially not make the Best Picture of the year. Did no one direct Argo in 2012? If there was something wrong with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, why did Lee win Best Director? A lot of analysts are predicting that Alfonso Cuaron will win for orchestrating Gravity, but 12 Years A Slave could win Best Picture. Cuaron does deserve it, sure, but Steve McQueen should win if his movie is the Best Picture of 2013.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will win: John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Should win: Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street

Terence Winter wrote a glorious, hilarious screenplay for The Wolf of Wall Street, keeping my eyes glued to the screen for all three hours. Sure, he could be taken to task for writing such a long script, but he was able to make every single line of that movie important. But John Ridley also kept a longer film engrossing with 12 Years A Slave.

Best Original Screenplay
Will win: Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell, American Hustle
Should win: Spike Jonze, Her

Spike Jonze did win the Golden Globe for his Her script and the fact that the movie actually got nominated for Best Picture shows that there is some love for the film in the Academy. However, there’s an overwhelming love for American Hustle. David O. Russell’s film will not go home empty handed and neither will its director, even though the final script has some holes. Her might be just too original for the Academy.

 
 

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