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The Oscars ’14: Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards

It’s mid-red carpet season, and we’ve already made it through two major awards ceremonies: The Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. These award shows are leading up to the most anticipated of the season… *opens the envelope* THE OSCARS! This year, it will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.

If you’ve had the privilege of watching the contenders for this year's Best Picture category, you can agree that the Academy has their hands tied in choosing only one film to steal the title.

To recap on the winners from the past few award shows, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle proved to be top dogs, but there’s been quite a buzz about Captain Phillips and Her as well. Didn’t get a chance to catch either film yet? Her tells the story of a lonely writer in the near future having a hard time accepting the demise of his marriage. His loneliness is soon filled by the voice of his operating system, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. They develop a deep psychological relationship, and soon learn what it takes to become committed. Captain Phillips, based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, tells the turmoil of when his ship was the first to be abducted by Somali Pirates in 200 years. 

All of the film nominations are worth seeing for yourself, but here are some general Oscars predictions we’ve been making:  

  • Suave and sexy American Hustle will claim the prize due to the execution of over-the-top 70's costumes, wigs, and witty dialogue. Not to mention the incredible performances done by Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams. It’s purely entertaining and is a beautifully executed concept. 
  • 12 Years A Slave will be Hustle’s closest competition, and might steal a win after receiving Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards.
  • The special effects and use of technology in Gravity could secure this sci-fi film a spot close to the top, especially since it received 10 nominees!
  • The winner might be a total shocker again like last year. Many would have bet that the famous Broadway musical-turned-blockbuster film Les Miserables would take home the prize, but it was Ben Affleck's Argo that received that precious gold statuette.

With that being said, the element of surprise is what makes the Oscars so captivating! Who do you think will come out on top? Will it be a gut-wrenching film such as Gravity, Captain Phillips, and 12 Years A Slave? Will it possibly be a film that brings out the romanticism in you such as Philomena, Her, and Nebraska? Or, will we see a comedic relief film come out on top, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and Dallas Buyers Club? The only thing we can do is wait and see! Tweet us YOUR predictions to @HCPointPark with the hashtag #Oscars. 

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Allie Duda

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Allison (Allie) Duda is a sophomore Mass Communications major. She loves all aspects in the media, and hopes to dabble in all of it someday. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, doing freelance photography work, spending time with loved ones, shopping, and watching tv/films. Check out her website at www.allisonduda.wordpress.com
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