It’s no secret that I am a HUGE movie fan and each year when the Oscar lists of nominations come down, I try to see as many of the movies nominated as possible. Well, this year I’ve made a pretty good inroad into the lists BEFORE the actual awards (usually I’m late in the game, with a lot of movies not viewed until after the awards) and I have some opinions…which obviously I’m going to share.
The Nominations are
American Hustle, Nebraska, Gravity, Philomena, Captain Philips, 12 years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and Her
I have not seen: Gravity(even the trailer to me looks ho hum), Captain Philips and Philomena. I’m dying to see Philomena.
Based on the list I have seen, I think American Hustle was a tour de force of acting. Seriously. I know this movie won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and it is a little long, but I thought the powerhouse four of Adams, Cooper, Lawrence and Bale were incredible. Nebraska wasn’t my ideal movie type, per se, but it was beautiful and beautifully acted. Bruce Dern was better than I’ve ever seen him. The Wolf of Wall Street was DeCaprio re-doing Gatsby but in modern times. Who really surprised me in that movie was Jonah Hill, and not just because we got a quick glimpse of his happy trouser buddy, I had no idea he could act that well. I know, that sounds kind of mean, but after seeing him in so many lame 20 yr old male-humour based movies, he blew me away. I loved 12 years a slave as well as Her, but honestly, Dallas Buyers Club took the cake. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughy. Hands down. I didn’t expect either of their characters to touch me so much. I didn’t see the actors for the characters through the whole thing and that’s saying something. Blew me away, completely.
My pick: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughy, Bruce Dern, Christian Bale, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio
While I LOVED Chiwetel (and have been a big fan since he did Kinky Boots) I predict it’s Matthew.
Best Actress: Amy Adams, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock
This is likely one of the toughest catagories. While I have not seen Judi yet in Philomena, I have no doubt that she was phenomenal. BUT, so was Amy, so was Cate (in Blue Jasmine-wow, she really was amazing), so was Meryl (duh, when does she not blow my mind) and, sorry Sandy, I just don’t think you’re in there this time. This is a toss up for me. I’m giving the edge to Cate, just because I feel like she really made me believe she was having a drawn out emotional break down on screen. Well done!
Supporting Actor: Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Micheal Fassbender
I have already mentioned how much I loved and was surprised by Jonah, and Bradley I love in everything he does, but my money is on Jared Leto. He broke my heart with his fragility and his emotions.
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Sally Hawkins, Julia Roberts, June Squibb, Lupita Nyong’o
Another tough category, but I’m calling it a draw between June and Lupita. Maybe the edge to June.
My only pet peeve about the Oscars this year is that Frozen was only nominated for best animated movie and not in the Best Picture category. I know it’s animated, but seriously, it was right up there with one of the best movies I’ve seen not only this year, but in several years. I can’t imagine enjoying a movie more, until that is, they make a movie of the musical Wicked and make Idina and Kristen reprise their roles.
So there you have it. My take on the big prizes at Oscar this year. What do you think? Have you seen any of the contenders yet?