It’s Oscar time! YOU film critic Leon van Nierop gives his verdict

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27 February 2014

It’s that time of the year again when film stars live on lemon water and air and moviegoers bite their nails to see if their faves will win. This year the nominees are all top-notch and it’s difficult to call a clear winner.

It’s that time of the year again when film stars live on lemon water and air and moviegoers bite their nails to see if their faves will win. This year the nominees are all top-notch and it’s difficult to call a clear winner. “Competition for an Oscar this year is the strongest it’s ever been,” YOU movie critic Leon van Nierop says. We shouldn’t be surprised to see two actors sharing a prize in one category.

'Competition for an Oscar this year is the strongest it’s ever been'

“It’s happened only once before when Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn shared an Oscar in 1968. Perhaps it will happen this year because it’s really difficult to say who will win Oscars.

Here are Leon’s predictions for who will take the golden statuette on 2 March.

 BEST ACTOR

The nominations

Bruce Dern – Nebraska

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave

Christian Bale – American Hustle

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. PHOTO: facebook.com/DallasBuyersClub Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. PHOTO: facebook.com/DallasBuyersClub Leon’s prediction: It will be a tug-of-war between Chiwetel and Matthew but ultimately Matthew will win – his acting is stunning. He lost a dangerous amount of weight for the role and literally gave it all he had to win his first Oscar. It will be a surprise if Leonardo wins – he was very good but I don’t think he stands a chance this year.

 BEST ACTRESS

The nominations

Amy Adams – American Hustle

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Judi Dench – Philomena

Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. PHOTO: facebook.com/BlueJasmineMovie Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. PHOTO: facebook.com/BlueJasmineMovie Leon’s prediction: Hollywood and the Oscars judges love Amy and Judi but Cate’s in the lead. Woody Allen (director of the movie Cate stars in) has had bad publicity this year but I don’t think that will harm Cate’s chances. Of all the roles hers is the most difficult – and she plays it brilliantly. Meryl is Cate’s biggest competition but I think Cate was so good Meryl doesn’t stand a chance.

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The nominations

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

Jared Leto plays a transvestite in Dallas Buyers Club. PHOTO: facebook.com/DallasBuyersClub Jared Leto plays a transvestite in Dallas Buyers Club. PHOTO: facebook.com/DallasBuyersClub Leon’s prediction: Definitely Jared. The fact he didn’t make a stereotype of his character, a transvestite, and that he portrayed him with dignity, respect and depth, makes him the winner. It’s also been years since he was in a movie. The judges like it when actors vanish and return to the screen in a brilliant performance. If I could I’d give an Oscar to Barkhad; his performance was cold-blooded. It’s remarkable that it was his first role and the Oscars judges like awarding prizes to actors for outstanding debut performances.

 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The nominations

Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts – August: Osage County

June Squibb – Nebraska

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. PHOTO: facebook.com/AmericanHustle Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. PHOTO: facebook.com/AmericanHustle

Leon’s prediction: Jennifer Lawrence is the new Meryl Streep – and she’s phenomenal. In American Hustle she played a drama queen incredibly realistically and made the character very endearing. You can’t believe the actress who was in The Hunger Games could be so good in a movie like American Hustle.

But I must say, the Oscar for best supporting actress could be shared this year; Lupita could also win it. When the votes are counted they’re probably differ by eight to 10 votes but don’t be surprised if it’s a tie.

Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave. PHOTO: facebook.com/12YearsASlave Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave. PHOTO: facebook.com/12YearsASlave

Lupita is an outstanding actor but it may count against her that 12 Years a Slave is her first role; the judges could say she must still prove herself, like Jennifer. But it counts against Jennifer that she won an Oscar for best actress last year.”

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