My 2014 Oscar Picks

Last year, I did horribly at picking winner.  Let’s see if I do any better this year.


My most-educated picks are highlighted in bold, orange.  And, I’ve included a picture of what I want to win.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)


Best Actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Cate Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)


Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

august-osage-county- Julia Roberts Meryl Streep

June Squibb (Nebraska)

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)

Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Best Original Screenplay

David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

Bob Nelson (Nebraska)

Spike Jonze (Her)

Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)

Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Best Foreign Film

Denmark, The Hunt

Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown

Italy, The Great Beauty

Palestine, Omar

Cambodia, The Missing Picture

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

Dirty Wars

The Square

Cutie and the Boxer

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises


Despicable Me 2

The Croods

Ernest & Celestine

Film Editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club


12 Years a Slave

Best Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)

“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

“Let It Go” (Frozen)

“The Moon Song” (Her)

“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score

John Williams (The Book Thief)

Steven Price (Gravity)

Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)

Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)

William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)

Best Cinematography

Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Roger Deakins (Prisoners)

Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Costume Design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years A Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling

The Lone Ranger

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Production Design

American Hustle


The Great Gatsby


12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Inside Llewyn Davis

Visual Effects


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Short Film, Live Action

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)


Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

The Voorman Problem

Short Film, Animated


Get a Horse!

Mr. Hublot


Room on the Broom

Documentary Short Subject


Facing Fear

Karama Has No Walls

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Prison

Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Enjoy the Oscars!


4 responses to this post.

  1. I am astounded that Tom Hanks wasn’t nominated for Captain Phillips. Almost as much as I was last year when Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Argo.


    • Mary,

      I definitely agree with you about Ben Affleck last year. However, while he did a great job, after seeing “Captain Phillips”, I didn’t think it was Oscar-worthy.

      But, I appreciate your thoughts. 🙂



  2. Matthew McConaughey was absolutely astounding…that was acting like I’ve never seen before. I so hope he wins!


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