This past year proved to be one of the best years for movies in recent memory. Of the Best Picture nominees I’ve seen, almost all could, in any other year, make a strong case for being the front-runner. This was also a year with so many incredible acting performances that Oscar stalwart Tom Hanks didn’t even get nominated for his devastating role in Captain Phillips.
This year, in a world in which I get to choose all the winners, I’d give the top prize to Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s a three-hour movie that felt more like 90 minutes, and it shows, again, why Scorsese is the absolute master. Unfortunately, too much bad press over what has been perceived as glorifying the decadence exhibited in the film will cause Wolf to leave still hungry for wins.
If curious, I rank the Best Picture nominees in this order: The Wolf of Wall Street, Nebraska, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Her (note: I haven’t seen Philomena). I should note that it’s almost unforgiveable that Inside Llewyn Davis didn’t even get a nomination.
So, to get to the point, I offer my predictions on the top six categories. I’ll inevitably pick four of them right, as that’s been the case in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, with an improvement in 2010 when I somehow managed five of six.