Xavier Newswire Oscar Nomination Predictions

By: Alex Spindler

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon announce its nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, regarded by many to be the highest accolade a film can receive.


12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “American Hustle,” “August: Osage County,” “Saving Mr. Banks” Lackluster in comparison to last year, this year’s choices for the highly-coveted best picture will probably feature period dramas, sci-fi thrillers and modern-day tragicomedies.


Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave,” Bruce Dern – “Nebraska,” Robert Redford – “All is Lost,” Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips,” Leonardo DiCaprio – “Wolf of Wall Street” A Best Actor nomination could literally go toward either spectrum: a seasoned, respected actor (Redford) or a rising, British scene-stealer (Ejiofor). The nominations for this are up for grabs.


Sandra Bullock – “Gravity,” Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine,” Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County,” Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks,” Judi Dench – “Philomena” This slew of nominations will likely go to seasoned, previously nominated ladies. They share 31 nominations just among the five of them and each is a previous Oscar winner.


Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips,” Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle,” Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club,” Daniel Bruh – “Rush” This award never seems to have a rhyme or reason its result. It will be nice to see some fresh faces to the category compared to last year’s group of already honored gentlemen.


Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle,” Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County,” Oprah Winfrey – “The Butler,” Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave,” Scarlett Johansson – “Her” Frequently labeled as the “scene stealer” award, this category features a bevy of talented actresses. Lawrence remains a familiar face to the Oscar circuit while Nyong’o has exploded on the screen with her debut performance.


Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” “Monsters University” While Pixar has dominated this category since its inception in 2001, it makes for a quieter showing this year. It’s safe to say that “Frozen” has taken the proverbial cake here.