Just for fun, I'll post my prediction of this year's 2014 oscars. Then we'll see how well I do too! In all seriousness I've seen a handful of these and in no way am I giving my expert advice on these choices.

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years A Slave

Should Win: 12 Years A Slave
Will probably win: American Hustle
Why?: Saw American Hustle, it was good, but I've heard nothing but great things about 12 Years A Slave, but again I'm no expert.

Best Actor
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern  - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - Wolf Of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Will probably win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Why?: Apparently the movie was good, also he's been nominated plenty of times and has yet to win, isn't it time to give him a win?

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years A Slave
Jonah Hill - Wolf Of Wall Street
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Should Win: Jonah Hill
Will probably win: Jared Leto
Why?: He's a rockstar turned actor and his acting in the movie was apparently really good.

Best Actress
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County

My personal want to Win: Meryl Streep (I'm bias, because I love her work and she's MERYL FREAKING STREEP)
Should Win: Amy Adams
Will probably win: Cate Blanchett
Why?: Because apparently if you star in a film by Woody Allen, most likely you win an Oscar...but the competition for the ladies this year are FIERCE...lol

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska

Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o
Will probably win: Jennifer Lawrence
Why?: Because Katniss Everdeen never loses...lol

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Should and will win: Frozen
Why?: "Let it go," "Do you want to build a snowman," broadway singers Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and Olaf the Snoman!

Achievement in Cinematography
Philippe Le Sourd - The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki - Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel - Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael - Nebraska
Roger A. Deakins - Prisoners

Should Win: IDK
Will Win: Phedon Papamichael
Why?: Only movie I saw and enjoyed it

Achievement in Costume Design
Michael Wilkinson - American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping - The Grandmaster
Catherine Martin - The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor - The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris - 12 Years A Slave

Should Win: IDK
Will Win: William Chang Suk Ping
Why?: Costumes looked cool I guess...idk

Achievement in Directing aka Best Director
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Alexander Payne - Nebraska
Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave
Martin Scorsese - Wolf Of Wall Street

Should Win: Steve McQueen
Will probably win: Alfonso Cuarón
Why?: He's apparently a front runner...so why not, plus it's a movie set in space, imagine having to literally direct that film. Luckily it's all done thanks to special effects and tons of strings on the actors.

Best Documentary Feature

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen - The Act of Killing
Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher - Cutie & The Boxer
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill - Dirty Wars
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer - The Square
Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers - 20 Feet From Stardom 

Should Win: IDK
Will probably win: ?!?!?
Why?: Your guess is good as mine...Let's just say the The Act of Killing will win...it sounds uplifting (sarcasm)

Best Documentary Short Subject
Jeffrey Karoff - Cavedigger
Jason Cohen - Facing Fear
Sara Ishaq - Karama Has No Walls
Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed - The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Edgar Barens - Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Should Win: IDK
Will probably win: ?!?
Why?: Yeah again, your guess is as a good as mine....I'll say Facing Fear, no reason...

Best Achievement in Film Editing
Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten - American Hustle
Christopher Rouse - Captain Phillips
John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa - Dallas Buyers Club
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger - Gravity
Joe Walker - 12 Years A Slave

Should Win: IDK
Will Probably Win: Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger
Why?: You try editing a movie about space and trying to survive in zero gravity with the possibility plummeting to Earth or forever lost in space. There's probably a lot of footage that had to be cut...(sarcasm)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Belgium - The Broken Circle Breakdown
Italy - The Great Beauty
Denmark - The Hunt
Cambodia - The Missing Picture
Palestine - Omar

Should Win: IDK
Will Probably Win: ?!?!
Why?: The Hunt, because it sounds like a fun game that I want to watch as a movie (sarcasm)

Achievement in Make Up and Hairstyling
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews - Dallas Buyers Club
Stephen Prouty - Jackass Present: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny - The Lone Ranger

Should Win: Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
Will Probably Win: Stephen Prouty
Why?: Wouldn't it be great if an MTV movie won? Plus surprised it even got nominated, though the make up work and hairstyling was definitely on point.

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Best Original Score)
John Williams - The Book Thief
Steven Price - Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett - Her
Alexandre Desplat - Philomena
Thomas Newman - Saving Mr. Banks

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Best Original Song)
"Happy" - Despicable Me 2 (Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams)
"Let It Go" - Frozen (Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
"The Moon Song" - Her (Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze)
"Ordinary Love" - Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson)

Should and Will Win: "Let It Go," from Frozen
Why?: If you have not heard this song, you must literally be living under a rock. Plus it shall be performed tonight by Idina Menzel! It's going to win, it's like Adele for "Skyfall." It's a no brainer, just saying.

Achievement in Production Design

American Hustle (Production Design - Judy Becker; Set Decoration - Heather Loeffler)
Gravity (Production Design - Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard)
The Great Gatsby (Production Design - Catherine Martin; Set Decoration - Beverley Dunn)
Her (Production Design - K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration - Gene Serdena)
12 Years A Slave (Production Design - Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration - Alice Baker)

Should Win: IDK
Will Win: !?!?
Why?: Gravity, because thinking of the set design for space must have been very difficult as well as the set decorating (sarcasm)

Best Animated Short
Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden - Feral
Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim - Get A Horse!
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares - Mr. Hublot
Shuhei Morita - Possessions
Max Lang and Jan Lachauer - Room On The Broom

Should win: IDK
Will Win: !?!
Why?: Because Feral just sounds so pleasant (sarcasm)


Best Live Action Short Film
Esteban Crespo - Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras - Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson - Helium
pitÄÄkÖ mun kAikki HoitAA? (Do i HAve to tAke cAre of everytHinG?)
Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari - Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?)

Mark Gill and Baldwin Li - The Voorman Problem

Should Win?: IDK
Will probably win: ?!?!?!
Why?: Because what problems does a "Voorman" have?

Achievement in Sound Editing
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns - All Is Lost
Oliver Tarney - Captain Phillips
Glenn Freemantle - Gravity
Brent Burge - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Wylie Stateman - Lone Survivor

Should Win: IDK
Will probably win: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Why?: It's LOTR, duh!

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro - Captain Phillips
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro - Gravity
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland - Inside Llewyn Davis
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow - Lone Survivor

Should Win: IDK
Will probably win: ?!?!
Why?: Because I wonder how you mix sound from Inside Llewn Davis (sarcasm)

Achievement in Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould - Gravity
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick - Iron Man 3
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier - The Lone Ranger
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton - Star Trek Into Darkenss

Should Win: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Will Probably Win: Gravity
Why?: I mean space looked almost real, from what I heard from watchers of this film.

Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight (Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips (Screenplay by Billy Ray)
Philomena (Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
12 Years A Slave (Screenplay by John Ridle)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Screenplay by Terence Winter)

Should Win: 12 Years a Slave
Will Probably Win: The Wolf Of Wall Street
Why?: Hollywood likes corruption financial movies, I guess...

Original Screenplay
American Hustle (Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Written by Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)
Her (Written by Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Written by Bob Nelson)\

Should Win: IDK
Will Probably Win: Blue Jasmine
Why?: Apparently it's that good.

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