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The Academy Awards are this Sunday. Here are my Fearless Oscar picks 2014:
(Please note, I am picking the nominee whom I think will win, not who should win. Last year, I correctly picked 11 out of 13 Oscar winners.)
“12 Years a Slave” This was a great year for cinema and many of the nominees in this category would be worthy of a win, but I think it’s “12 Years a Slave.” “Gravity” could sneak in, but I doubt it. I think “12 Years” is just too strong a film to ignore.
Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” McConaughey is going to be rewarded for taking on this role in a film that only got made because he took almost no money to be in it.
Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” This is a sure thing as Blanchett was a force of nature on the screen as a woman going over the edge.
Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” Leto, playing the drug addict AIDS patient who helped shape McConaughey ’s character with his business, was amazing on the screen.
Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong’o “12 Years a Slave” This is a tough one to pick as Jennifer Lawrence could pick up a 2nd Oscar for “American Hustle,” but I think Nyoung’o’s performance was magical.
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Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” Cuaron created a beautiful looking film that kept audiences on the edge of their seats from the start.
Animated Feature Film:
“Frozen” One of the best Disney films of the past 10 years, made even better by a wonderful score.
“12 Years a Slave”
Foreign Language Film:
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Act of Killing”
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“Let It Go” from the film “Frozen”