RT's 2014 Oscar Picks - Results

We did fairly well this year. How did you do?


Oscar The Academy Awards have come and gone, which means it's time to check in on our own Oscar predictions and see which of them came true. We fared better than usual this year, successfully naming 20 of the 24 winners in last night's ceremony. Take a look at the final tally below, and let us know how well you did.



97%

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave


Look, we know the Vegas odds tilt toward Gravity. And we know it's been cleaning up this awards season. But here's the thing: the Academy is still trying to overcome its image as a collection of stuffy white guys, and they won't pass up the chance to honor 12 Years a Slave. Unfortunately, some might accuse the Academy of bowing to political correctness by giving its top prize to the most worthy film as opposed to the best film. There are a couple of problems with this. First, even the most crazed Oscar-watcher would admit that greatness doesn't necessarily count for much in the end -- just ask Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, or Pulp Fiction. Second, 12 Years a Slave is indeed a worthy film -- and a great one. There's no question that it's often painful to sit through, but that's as it should be: it depicts the horrors of slavery with unflinching directness, not least because it never loses sight of the human beings on both sides of the whip. For very different reasons, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are monumental movie experiences, and they both deserve to win. But we think that the Academy will give the Oscar to 12 Years a Slave.

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Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club


You know how sports leagues tend to give the MVP award to the best player on a playoff team even though they're only supposed to factor in the regular season? That's what's happening with Matthew McConaughey right now: Dallas Buyers Club was the regular season, and True Detective is the playoffs. Academy voters shouldn't consider anything but the movie at hand, but let's face it: we're in the midst of the McConassance.

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Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine


This one isn't even close. Ms. Blanchett is an absolute lock.

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Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club


It's too easy to say that Jared Leto is the favorite because he put on a wig and some makeup. He's not just a movie star playing dress-up; Leto fully embodies a complex character with humor, joie du vivre, and pathos.

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Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave


The train may have left the station for American Hustle -- it looked like a Best Picture dark horse a few months back, before suffering something of a critical backlash. Jennifer Lawrence seemed like a sure thing for a while, but momentum has been building for Lupita Nyong'o and her searing, powerful work in 12 Years a Slave, and we think she'll be the winner on Oscar night.

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Gravity
97%

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity


Regardless of whether Gravity wins Best Picture, the film was such a monumental technical undertaking that Alfonso Cuarón is virtually guaranteed the Oscar for Best Director.

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94%

Original Screenplay: Her


This is the place where the Academy tends to get a little quirky, and Her is the movie that puts the "original" in Best Original Screenplay. At some point over the last few months, someone somewhere was saying the following: "So wait... you're telling me it's about a guy who falls in love with his computer's operating system? And it's great? Really?"

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97%

Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave


Here's the deal: if a movie wins Best Picture, it also wins a writing award. It's as simple as that.

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91%

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty


Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the great Italian director Federico Fellini was Oscar's favorite international director, winning Best Foreign Language Film a record four times. Four decades after Fellini's last win (for Amarcord), along comes his fellow countryman Paolo Sorrentino with The Great Beauty, a funny, visually resplendent portrait of modern Rome with echoes of La Dolce Vita.

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95%

Best Documentary: The Act of Killing


20 Feet From Stardom has generated some feel-good vibes lately, but we can't see it beating The Act of Killing, an unclassifiable marvel that's bizarre, farcical, visually stunning, and emotionally devastating.

INCORRECT - The Act of Killing had already taken home seven awards, including the BAFTA, but it seems we discounted the upbeat appeal of 20 Feet from Stardom, which, in fact, even sported a 99% Tomatometer score.


89%

Animated Feature: Frozen


It would be nice if the Academy gave some love to Hayao Miyazaki, who has said The Wind Rises will be his last film. However, Frozen has probably got this one in the bag, since it was both a critical fave and a commercial juggernaut.

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97%

Best Cinematography: Gravity


Director of Photography Emmanuael Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón have collaborated with each other their entire careers, from humble beginnings in Mexican indie cinema to their graduation to globe-spanning blockbusters. Gravity's consistent visual look and convincing you-are-here spectacle suggests Cuarón's bold vision for this movie could've been simply unfilmable if his friend Lubezki wasn't there every step of the way.

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97%

Best Film Editing: Gravity


Gravity features an impressive yet subtle single take, which begins during the unflinching devastation of Sandra Bullock's crew and continues into the moment she finds her interlude of peace, curling up in a fetal position to signify rebirth. The film then cuts, showing off a renewed Bullock as she explores the new spacecraft, marking the beginning of Act 2. This kind of deliberate, thoughtful editing is seen all throughout the film. Not surprising since Cuarón himself is credited as co-editor.

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97%

Best Music - Original Score: Gravity


Steven Price's haunting, otherworldly score contributed greatly to Gravity's immersive effect. We can't see anyone else winning in this category.

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89%

Best Music - Original Song: "Let It Go" from Frozen


For a category that historically honors schmaltzy snoozers (Three 6 Mafia excepted), the race for Best Original Song is pretty interesting this year. One long-shot entry was booted for violating Academy bylaws ("Alone Yet Not Alone," from the little-seen film of the same name), leaving Academy voters to choose between a catchy slice of lite funk that inspired a viral dance craze (Pharrell Williams' "Happy"), a song by a great band about a great man (U2's "Ordinary Love"), and a dreamy acoustic ballad from a lady who once made a video in which a little kid got his hand chopped off with an axe (Karen O's "The Moon Song"). Still, we think "Let It Go" from Frozen will clinch the nod -- when a movie gets a sing-along theatrical re-release, you know the soundtrack's a hit.

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49%

Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby


Say what you will about Baz Luhrmann as a filmmaker (or, more specifically, as an interpreter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work), but few would disagree that The Great Gatsby sported lavish, dazzling production design.

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49%

Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby


Snappy hats! Spangly dresses! Colorful ties! Expensive furs! If recent history is any indication, The Great Gatsby will win, because it's both a period piece and a full-blown spectacle.

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97%

Best Sound Editing: Gravity


You won't find "Nuts, Bolts, and Space Debris Puncturing Holes in a Satellite" on any album of sound effects. For that noise, you'll have to crank up the volume on Gravity, a movie whose sound bank of mechanic noises feels just "mundane" enough to be utterly terrifying when splattered against the backdrop of space.

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75%

Best Sound Mixing: Lone Survivor


The soundscape of Lone Survivor is populated with noise we've all heard before: wind, gunfire, trudging feet, explosions, etc. Survivor's memorable mix puts all these layers into a harmonious yet chaotic whole, rising and falling with tension in perfect tune to the dramatic story.

INCORRECT - We mistakenly believed this category would signal an unexpected win for a dark horse candidate -- there are usually a couple of those every year -- but we should have known better than to bet against the technical juggernaut that was Gravity.


97%

Best Visual Effects: Gravity


Duh.

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93%

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club


We'd be delighted if this one went to Bad Grandpa. Seriously, wouldn't it be awesome if the Academy bestowed an Oscar upon the folks that brought us wasabi snooters and a bee-filled limo? However, our heads say it's Dallas Buyers Club. Academy voters will be considering it for other awards, so they'll actually watch it, leaving the Jackass and Lone Ranger screeners to collect dust on coffee tables all over Los Angeles.

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Best Short Film - Live Action: The Voorman Problem


Martin Freeman stars in this, the only nominee in English. Call us cynical, but we think that might be all it takes to win.

INCORRECT - The Academy picked this fantastical story of a dying child who takes solace in a self-created vision of the afterlife. It turns out the voters weren't afraid of subtitles after all -- tough break, The Voorman Problem.


Best Short Film - Animated: Get a Horse!


There's a new Mickey Mouse cartoon? And it played in theaters before Frozen? Case closed.

INCORRECT - It appears we overestimated the return of Mickey Mouse; this French charmer about an egg-shaped man and his friendship with a robot dog ultimately won over Academy voters.


Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life


Forget winning your Oscar pool; if you want to make a killing, buy stock in hankie manufacturing companies. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life is a documentary about Alice Herz-Sommer, a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist who died early this week at 110. If her story doesn't put a lump in your throat, you're made of sterner stuff than us.

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Comments

Vincent

Jerry Benedict

At least Jennifer Lawrence lost. Thank God!

Mar 3 - 05:57 PM

tehe

Tehe Tehe

Why?

Mar 3 - 06:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because girls won't speak to him.

Mar 3 - 06:35 PM

Ankit Malasi

Ankit Malasi

@Janson Jinnistan
Lol

Mar 4 - 05:31 AM

Vincent

Jerry Benedict

Yes, girls won't talk to me for you see...I have no known human emotion....other than greed and disgust.

Mar 4 - 12:54 PM

Terance Brouse

Terance Brouse

nice!

Mar 4 - 07:41 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

She doesn't have to worry about becoming the next Anne Hathaway anymore.

Mar 3 - 07:08 PM

Hayden Silbermann

Hayden Silbermann

I love Jennifer Lawrence, but Lupita Nyong'o definitely deserved the award.

Mar 5 - 03:44 AM

tehe

Tehe Tehe

Why?

Mar 3 - 06:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because girls won't speak to him.

Mar 3 - 06:35 PM

Ankit Malasi

Ankit Malasi

@Janson Jinnistan
Lol

Mar 4 - 05:31 AM

Vincent

Jerry Benedict

Yes, girls won't talk to me for you see...I have no known human emotion....other than greed and disgust.

Mar 4 - 12:54 PM

Terance Brouse

Terance Brouse

nice!

Mar 4 - 07:41 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Because girls won't speak to him.

Mar 3 - 06:35 PM

Ankit Malasi

Ankit Malasi

@Janson Jinnistan
Lol

Mar 4 - 05:31 AM

Vincent

Jerry Benedict

Yes, girls won't talk to me for you see...I have no known human emotion....other than greed and disgust.

Mar 4 - 12:54 PM

Terance Brouse

Terance Brouse

nice!

Mar 4 - 07:41 PM

Private User

Private User

I thought the surprise win would come in the supporting actor category with a dark horse upset of Barkhad Abdi over Jared Leto. There's always one surprise win. And though I was delighted to see Gravity ultimately NOT win Best Picture, it really spoiled my ballot.

http://snarkymoviereviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/2014-oscar-predictions.html

Mar 3 - 06:39 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

There were no surprises this year, except maybe Act of Killing losing to 20 Feet From Stardom.

Mar 3 - 10:46 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Disney Losing short film I thought was very shocking.

Mar 4 - 02:13 AM

Tynan Patrick

Tynan Patrick

i wasn't really surprised MM won best actor, but i thought Leo deserved it. IMO the job he did in Wolf was more impressive than MM in Buyers. Buyers had a more important story and was probably a better film(although i enjoyed wolf over any other movie i saw, that doesn't mean it was the "best" movie), but i thought Leo put out a better performance

Mar 4 - 02:47 AM

Jean Glassford

Jean Glassford

me too. I really enjoyed Wolf. It was funny and I think Leo's performance was fabulous. Of course, it didn't even get a nod, It was really raw, no morality lessons on the bad effects of drugs. I loved it.

Mar 4 - 03:27 AM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

She doesn't have to worry about becoming the next Anne Hathaway anymore.

Mar 3 - 07:08 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

I am a little disappointed how everything went according to plan. Kind of boring in a way too. I wish the Oscars wouldn't listen to the precursor awards so often and stop being sheep at least in one major category.

Mar 3 - 07:09 PM

Fadi Antwan

Fadi Antwan

I am only disappointed that Get a Horse didn't win.

Mar 3 - 07:10 PM

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Yes! I did better than Rotten Tomatoes! I feel smart.

Mar 3 - 08:16 PM

Zisel

Zoe Faulkner

I just saw in the news about what happened in Jennifer Lawrence during the awards night.

Mar 3 - 09:52 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

What happened 'in' her that night? This is news to me.

Mar 4 - 02:56 PM

Christopher256G

Christopher Greffin

The only real upset, outside the shorts categories which I don't have enough knowledge about, was for Documentary feature. Anyway "The Act of Killing" is arguably the most disturbing movie of 2013, that includes more than "12 Years a Slave"; I guess they wanted something more upbeat.

Mar 3 - 10:14 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Acadmey always picks a Documentary they can really get there heads up there ass about. 20 Feet From Stardom is the documentary that shows just how important they all are. Like last years searching for Sugar Man. A lost brilliant artist! Why of course that's important!!!

Mar 4 - 02:15 AM

Andrew Banta

Andrew Banta

Agreed, I thought The Act of Killing not winning was the biggest upset of the awards.

Mar 4 - 01:10 PM

Sebastian O.

Sebastian Ochoa

There were no surprises this year, except maybe Act of Killing losing to 20 Feet From Stardom.

Mar 3 - 10:46 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Disney Losing short film I thought was very shocking.

Mar 4 - 02:13 AM

Tynan Patrick

Tynan Patrick

i wasn't really surprised MM won best actor, but i thought Leo deserved it. IMO the job he did in Wolf was more impressive than MM in Buyers. Buyers had a more important story and was probably a better film(although i enjoyed wolf over any other movie i saw, that doesn't mean it was the "best" movie), but i thought Leo put out a better performance

Mar 4 - 02:47 AM

Jean Glassford

Jean Glassford

me too. I really enjoyed Wolf. It was funny and I think Leo's performance was fabulous. Of course, it didn't even get a nod, It was really raw, no morality lessons on the bad effects of drugs. I loved it.

Mar 4 - 03:27 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Disney Losing short film I thought was very shocking.

Mar 4 - 02:13 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Acadmey always picks a Documentary they can really get there heads up there ass about. 20 Feet From Stardom is the documentary that shows just how important they all are. Like last years searching for Sugar Man. A lost brilliant artist! Why of course that's important!!!

Mar 4 - 02:15 AM

Tynan Patrick

Tynan Patrick

i wasn't really surprised MM won best actor, but i thought Leo deserved it. IMO the job he did in Wolf was more impressive than MM in Buyers. Buyers had a more important story and was probably a better film(although i enjoyed wolf over any other movie i saw, that doesn't mean it was the "best" movie), but i thought Leo put out a better performance

Mar 4 - 02:47 AM

Jean Glassford

Jean Glassford

me too. I really enjoyed Wolf. It was funny and I think Leo's performance was fabulous. Of course, it didn't even get a nod, It was really raw, no morality lessons on the bad effects of drugs. I loved it.

Mar 4 - 03:27 AM

Jean Glassford

Jean Glassford

me too. I really enjoyed Wolf. It was funny and I think Leo's performance was fabulous. Of course, it didn't even get a nod, It was really raw, no morality lessons on the bad effects of drugs. I loved it.

Mar 4 - 03:27 AM

Ankit Malasi

Ankit Malasi

@Janson Jinnistan
Lol

Mar 4 - 05:31 AM

Yaakov Calamaro

Yaakov Calamaro

no surprises this year which was lame, but 22/24 isn't anything to scoff at.

Mar 4 - 06:26 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

I got 22 out of 24. I picked 12 Years for Production Design as a risk and it didn't happen, because it was the most predictable night ever. I also got animated short wrong. I knew I should have put Mr. Hublot.

Mar 4 - 12:00 PM

Vincent

Jerry Benedict

Yes, girls won't talk to me for you see...I have no known human emotion....other than greed and disgust.

Mar 4 - 12:54 PM

Andrew Banta

Andrew Banta

Agreed, I thought The Act of Killing not winning was the biggest upset of the awards.

Mar 4 - 01:10 PM

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