The 2014 Academy Awards


     Awards season will culminate with the 86th Academy Awards tomorrow night, March 2nd.  As I noted in my annual Top 10 Films list, 2013 was an outstanding year in film with a high number of quality films.  Though I felt the Academy left out several deserving films out of their annual nominations list, for the most part they got it right, as the very best and brightest minds in the film industry will gain well deserved honors when the envelopes are finally opened and the results revealed.  If I was given the opportunity to fill out an official Oscar ballot, it would read as follows:


Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave  (MY PICK)

The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Directing

David O. Russell

Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity  (MY PICK)

Alexander Payne

Steve McQueen

Martin Scorsese


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale

Bruce Dern

Leonardo DiCaprio

Chiwetel Ejoifor

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (MY PICK)


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams

Cate Blanchett  - Blue Jasmine (MY PICK)

Sandra Bullock

Judi Dench

Meryl Streep


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi

Bradley Cooper

Michael Fassbender

Jonah Hill

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club  (MY PICK)


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins

Jennifer Lawrence

Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave  (MY PICK)

Julia Roberts

June Squibb


Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

Philomena

12 Years a Slave  (MY PICK)

The Wolf of Wall Street 


Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club

Her  (MY PICK)

Nebraska


Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster

Gravity  (MY PICK)

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Prisoners


Best Costume Design

American Hustle  (MY PICK)

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years a Slave


Best Film Editing

American Hustle  (MY PICK)

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

12 Years a Slave


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club  (MY PICK)

Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger


Best Original Score

The Book Thief

Gravity

Her

Philomena

Saving Mr. Banks  (MY PICK)


Best Production Design

American Hustle

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her  (MY PICK)

12 Years a Slave


Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity  (MY PICK)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor


Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips

Gravity  (MY PICK)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Inside Lleywn Davis

Lone Survivor


Best Visual Effects

Gravity  (MY PICK)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness