Sunday, March 2, 2014

Keith Leanza's picks for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

With the 86th annual Academy Awards just around the corner, many people are making predictions as though they are Gods and know who is going to be presented with these awards, and most of these people are wrong. It is near impossible to predict what movie will win best picture and what director will be crowned the best. Many people are predicting Leonardo DiCaprio will win his first best Actor in a leading role award, but in the words of WWE superstar, Wade Barrett, I got some BAD NEWS. Matthew McConaughey lost 40lbs to play a homophobic patient, and as we know gay, Aids, and/or a Hollywood beauty turning ugly is a sure thing for the Oscar (Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, Theron in Monster ). I do believe that The Wolf of Wall Street Director, Martin Scorsese, will win his second Best Director award, but the movie will win very few other awards, although, I believe one of those awards will be the holy grail of awards (Best Picture).

American Hustle is nominated for a total of 10 awards and truly deserved the nominations. The problem with this movie is the competition it's facing this year. It's going take best actor in a Supporting Role with very few actors as good as Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams is going to win Best Actress in a lead role. If it wasn't for Sally Hawkins' amazing performance in Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence would join her co-stars with the award in best Actress in a supporting role. I know what you're saying, "What about Christian Bale? He was great in American Hustle." You're right, he was great, but there were at least three people who deserve it before him including Bruce Dern, who was brilliant in Nebraska. Remember not everyone can be presented with an award. Just remember my picks are as wrong as everyone else picking these type of things,  but enjoy them nevertheless.

Best Picture:                                  The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a leading role:           Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a leading role:       Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best actor in a Supporting Role:    Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Best Actress in a supporting role: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Best Director:                                 Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best animated film:                        Despicable Me 2
Best Cinematography:                   Gravity
Best Costume Design:                   The Great Gatsby
Best Documentary feature:           Dirty Wars
Best Documentary Short:             Cave Digger
Best Film Editing:                          12 Years a Slave
Best Foreign Film:                         The Great Beauty
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:     Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Best Original Score:                      Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best Production Design:               Gravity
Best Animated Short Film:            Get A Horse!
Best Live Action Short film:          Helium
Best Sound Editing:                       The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Best Visual Effects:                       Star Trek Into Darkness
Best Adapted Screenplay:            The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay:             Dallas Buyers Club

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