Oscars 2014 Best Picture
The 86th Annual Academy Awards lands tomorrow evening and the race for Best Picture is hotly contested. Some have said that the winner is a foregone conclusion; others have said that the 9 nominees form the best all round line up in years. So we’ll expand the usual Top 5. (although that was what the nominees used to be limited to until the 2009 “The Dark Knight” issue) and take a look at the runners and riders for Best Picture and let you have your say too.
The All Rounder. “American Hustle” marks the second year that David O. Russell has managed to land a nomination in all four of the acting categories (previously “Silver Linings Playbook”) and the second year where he might have a chance with being nominated for Best Director…what’s up with that? Great performances and a good movie, it’ll walk away with one of the acting statues, but it’s only got a slim chance for Best Picture.
The On Any Other Year-er. “Captain Phillips” is a rollercoaster ride of film that does not put you down until the credits. It has you riveted for the entire duration. It’s exciting, contains some incredible performances and on any other year it might have been a dead cert but the field is so strong this year. It’s best on real life events and is about an American struggle, all Oscar favourites, but “Captain Phillips’s” chances are best reflected in the fact that Tom Hanks’s nerve shredding performance didn’t even get a Best Actor nod.
Dallas Buyers Club
The Art House Critics Winner. Again based on true events, “Dallas Buyers Club” will return a best acting statue but seem like an outside bet for Best Picture. Based around a hard hitting AIDS and HIV story, you could look back to “Philadelphia” and argue that then maybe the Academy wasn’t ready for the story to win, but Tom Hanks was rewarded for his portrayal. While times have undoubtedly changed, the same treatment might be found for “Dallas Buyers Club”.
The Box Office Smash. One of the reasons why the Best Picture category can be up to 10 nominees is to reflect the blockbusters and successes of the year that usually don’t get a nominations. Arguably the category is missing “Iron Man 3”, “Catching Fire” and “Frozen” based on these criteria, but we settle for “Gravity”. The fact that this film was released in October and is still playing in cinemas its testament to its scale and visual beauty. It’ll find awards for special effects and score but just miss out on Best Picture.
The Movie Fan Favourite. “Her” has a beautiful story, and it was never going to be huge at the box office and thanks to Oscar nominations it will do some extra business. The fact that it is nominated shines some much needed light onto a heart-warming and socially relevant and current story. It won’t win, but it’s a well deserved nominations.
The Long Shot. Filmed in black and white and starring veteran actor Bruce Dern, Nebraska again gets some much deserved publicity and attention from the Academy Awards. It perhaps is a little too arty and dry to clinch the top honour of Best Picture, but it is an interesting watch.
The Heart Warmer. On paper, “Philomena” ticks ever Oscar box. Based on a true story, struggle of a main character, involves a cynical supporting character whose outlook is changed by the compassion of the lead…yet for all these reasons it won’t win. It’s a lovely story and uplifting to watch but won’t walk away with anything this year.
12 Years a Slave
The Front Runner. It has the ensemble cast, the British and Black Director, outstanding performances from all involved, oh and the story about the struggle against slavery which we all know goes down a storm with Hollywood. It’ll be close between McConaughey and Ejiofor for Best Actor, but “12 Years a Slave” might have the Best Picture in the bag.
Wolf of Wall Street
The True Outsider. People have bemoaned the lack of Oscar for Di Caprio ever since “Titanic” and teaming up for a second time with Martin Scorsese should have brought in the statues. But it’s just been an incredible year for film. “Wolf of Wall Street” despite its true events story, its brash and colour portrayals won’t cut the mustard this year. Perhaps it was just too gutsy and too risky for an Oscars win.
So who would get your vote?
Which Film should win the Best Picture Oscar in 2014?
- 12 Years a Slave (41%, 9 Votes)
- Wolf of Wall Street (27%, 6 Votes)
- American Hustle (9%, 2 Votes)
- Gravity (9%, 2 Votes)
- Her (5%, 1 Votes)
- Nebraska (5%, 1 Votes)
- Philomena (5%, 1 Votes)
- Captain Phillips (0%, 0 Votes)
- Dallas Buyers Club (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 22