Following the Oscar nominations announcement earlier, I have laid it all out below and highlighted who I think will win each category. Exciting times! As you can see, I think Gravity will come out on top overall, but I can’t see past 12 Years A Slave for best picture. I’ve given into my biased and given the best actor nod to Matthew McConaughey, and the biggest loser, despite a whopping ten nominations (really?!!) is American Hustle according to my predictions.

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street12

Actor In A Leading Role

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo Di Caprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Actress In A Leading Roledallas

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Actor In A Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Actress In A Supporting Rolegravity

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)


David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Animated Feature Film

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen)
Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher)
Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill)
The Square (Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer)
20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined)


Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)
Roger A. Deakins (Prisoners)

Costume Design

Michael Wilkinson (American Hustle)
William Chang Suk Ping (The Grandmaster)
Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
Michael O’Connor (The Invisible Woman)
Patricia Norris (12 Years a Slave)

Film Editing

American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten)
Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)
Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger)
12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)

Foreign Language Film –> Not seen any of these yet

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Omar (Palestine)

Make Up and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty)
The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny)

Original Score

The Book Thief (John Williams)banks
Gravity (Steven Price)
Her (William Butler and Owen Pallett)
Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)
Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

Production Design

American Hustle Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
Gravity Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
The Great Gatsby Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Her K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
12 Years a Slave Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro)
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland)
Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow)

Visual Effects

Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds)
Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick)
The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton)

Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight (Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips (Screenplay by Billy Ray)
Philomena (Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
12 Years a Slave (Screenplay by John Ridley)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Screenplay by Terence Winter)

Original Screenplay

American Hustle (Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Written by Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack)
Her (Written by Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Written by Bob Nelson)

What do you all think about the nominations and who do you think will win?

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  1. Forwarding this to friends … see how their lists compare 🙂

  2. Excellent list, I still need to see 12 Years a Slave.

  3. LOVE this! Great predictions. Actually mostly in line with what I would have said, though I’m mostly wrong so I don’t know how comforting that is 😀

    • Yeah who knows how it will pan out man. I’m just rooting for Matthew McConaughey!! I just watched the first episode of True detective with him and Woody Harrelson. Seems pretty good

  4. emilybolcik

    Mostly agree with your predictions, but I think we’re going to see Jared Leto take home the prize this year. We’ll see….

  5. The Reading Girl

    I agree with you in all of them. Great post:)

  6. I know I’m going against the grain here, but my vote would be Dallas Buyers Club for Best Picture AND Best Actor for McConaughey AND Best Supporting Actor for Leto. haha am I biased or what? I hope American Hustle doesn’t win anything – that movie was a mess. I think you’re right – 12 Years will probably win best pic. Michael Fassbender was incredible so I can’t fault him for winning over Leto. I still haven’t seen Gravity (will avoid) but am determined to see Wolf tomorrow!

  7. Fassbender over Leto? I doubt it. Though he would deserve it but then again, I still haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club. But yeah, acting categories are really strong this year. It is exciting!

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