By Patrick Y. Lee
This year’s Oscar-nominated films are relatively refined — a definitive American tale (“12 Years a Slave), an inventive Scorsesian movie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and several other idiosyncratic ones (“Her”, “Gravity”, and “American Hustle”).
Despite the batch of sophisticated nominations, it is saddening to see the talent of visual artists lie in the hands of a few thousand white, male folks. That the awards are handed to those films which best epitomize the desirable reputation of Hollywood is also unjust and partisan. For those filmmakers who, all their lives, had pursued the golden gloss of the statue, yet were immediately crushed by these crude tallies, I urge you not to be.
In fact, for those enlightened artists scanning these lines, you already understand the orgasmic experience of filmmaking. However enchanting a BAFTA or Golden Globe is, the feeling one undergoes after being absorbed in a finished artwork that encapsulates a moving story is nonpareil.
With this disheartening facet in mind, here are my picks for the 2014 Oscars.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Best Film Editing: Christopher Rouse (Captain Phillips)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Best Foreign Film: The Great Beauty
Best Documentary: Twenty Feet From Stardom
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Original Song: Let it Go (Frozen)
Best Original Score: Stephen Price (Gravity)
Best Sound Editing: Captain Phillips
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Live Action Short: Helium
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6
Best Animated Short: Room on the Broom
Compare Lee’s picks to the actual results LIVE today, Sunday, March 2nd, 7e|4p on ABC.