Feature | Lights, Camera, Action! Special – Oscars 2014 Predictions

By Freda Cooper 26.02.2014

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It's done. The American Academy members have cast their votes and the campaigning has stopped. Now the waiting begins as the culmination of the 2014 awards season approaches. True, there's a couple of tasters on Saturday in the form of The Independent Spirit Awards and the antidote to the whole awards hoo-hah, The Razzies, but in reality all roads lead to Sunday night (or the early hours of Monday morning for us Brits) and this year's Oscar ceremony. Freda takes readers through some of the potential winners in this predictions special edition of Lights, Camera, Action!

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American Hustle and Gravity both lead the field with ten nominations apiece, followed by 12 Years a Slave on nine and Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska and Captain Phillips with six each. All are in the running for Best Picture - there are nine nominees in total - and it's more than likely that at least one of them will walk away from the ceremony totally empty handed. Such is the stiff competition this year.

Predicting this year's main winners is a tough call but, undeterred, the Cubed3 crystal ball has been dusted off for the second time this year…

Best Picture

Should Win: 12 Years a Slave. There are so many reasons why, cinematically and otherwise.

Will Win: 12 Years a Slave. There's little to choose between this year's contenders but Steve McQueen's film ticks all the boxes - and a few more.

Best Director

Should Win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity. The Academy is likely to adopt the 'honours even' approach and Gravity deserves to win more than just the special effects award.

Best Actor

Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave. It's a great piece of acting and it would be typically political choice by the Academy. Again, this is an extraordinarily tight category this year.

Will Win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers  Club. Unaccountably snubbed by BAFTA, he's otherwise been leading the way all season and is the sizzling hot favourite.

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Best Actress

Should Win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine. She's looked like the winner since the film opened.

Will Win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine. If she doesn't win, it would be a real shock - but it's unlikely to happen.

Best Supporting Actor

Should Win: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave. This is his last chance to win something big for an excellent piece of acting. However, it's unlikely to go his way.

Will Win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club. Like co-star McConaughey, Leto has been sweeping all before him - except at the BAFTAs, of course.

Best Supporting Actress

Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave.  An excellent debut from a real star in the making.

Will Win: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave. Her campaign for the Oscar has gone into another gear over the past couple of weeks and it should pay off.

Best Original Screenplay

Should Win: Bob Nelson, Nebraska. Another impressive debut, Bob Nelson's repaid Alexander Payne's act of faith in spades.

Will Win: David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle. This could well be the film's only major award of the night, as the film faces far tougher competition this year than Silver Linings Playbook did in 2013.

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave. A screenplay that creates near poetry from the archaic, Biblical language of the book.

Will Win: Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena. A long shot, admittedly, but this is the film's only chance of a trophy. Its recent BAFTA win will have helped its cause.

Other Oscar categories are available and will be awarded on the night. If the crystal ball is right, the major awards will be spread reasonably evenly, so the technical awards could easily mean one film winning the numbers game. Which one it will be remains to be seen. The results will be here on Cubed3 on Monday morning, with another special edition of Lights, Camera, Action! coming from the forever-busy Freda, so check back then for a full round-up. In the meantime, this year's Oscar nominations can be found on the official website.

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