Oscar nominee predictions

By Kirstin Buick
19 November 2013

The 84th annual Academy Awards nominees will only be announced in January next year. But there’s been plenty of Oscar buzz around possible nominees and even winners. We give our two cents worth of who should be in be running for the big three categories.

The 84th annual Academy Awards nominees will only be announced in January next year. But there’s been plenty of Oscar buzz around possible nominees and even winners. We give our two cents worth of who should be in be running for the big three categories. 

Best Picture

The Counsellor

Starring everyone’s favourite leading man Brad Pitt as well as the amazing Javier Bardem, this offbeat movie about a lawyer who becomes involved in drug trafficking by Ridley Scott has been receiving lots of good reviews. His last Best Picture win at the Oscars was Gladiator in 2000.

Gravity

Gravity has been hailed as the leader of the pack where Academy Awards for this category are concerned. Sandra Bullock plays medical engineer Dr Ryan Stone who’s on her first space mission alongside a veteran astronaut played by George Clooney.

12 Years a Slave

Hollywood loves epic stories like these. Set in the 1800s, this drama is about Solomon Northup – a New Yorker who’s kidnapped and forced to work on a plantation in New Orleans. This is bound to make the final cut and could go on to win.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio make a formidable team and Hollywood has lapped up everything they’ve done in the past 10 years. We’ll have to wait and see if this film about a crooked banker makes the cut.

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks plays the lead role in this based on a true story film about the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. Director Paul Greengrass is best known for his work done on The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy so expect great action scenes.

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Just because we love Leo – he puts so much into his craft.

Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Because we’re ferociously patriotic about this film

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

His performance has been called “brilliant”. And it usually is.

Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Critics have referred to his performance as one of his finest and he hasn’t won an Academy Award since Forrest Gump in 1994.

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

The guy lost more than 50 pound (22kilograms) to play HIV positive Ron Woodruff.

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Many believe she’ll land herself her second Oscar for this role.

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

This Woody Allen movie has about a Park Avenue princess who's lost everything has been hailed as exquisite.

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

She has 17 Academy Award nominations under her belt – there’s no reason why she wouldn’t get one more for her role dysfunctional mom Violet Weston.

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Her portrayal of T.L Travers – the control-freak of an author of Mary Poppins – was very well received.

Bérénice Bejo (The Past)

She won the award for Best Actress at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for this role.

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