2014 Academy Awards Predictions

We discussed Oscar picks on “Pat & JT” this morning. Check it out here (starts around the 24:40 mark).

So for each category below, I’ll pick a first choice and a second choice. Please note: I didn’t include the entire list of Academy Awards nominees. You can see the rest here.

I’ll have a follow-up post on Monday to discuss the overall show and whether or not my predictions were right. Here we go!

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Nebraska
  • Her

First choice? 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave movie

Second choice? American Hustle

David O. Russell's American Hustle

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

First choice? Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Second choice? Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

First choice? Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Second choice? Amy Adams, American Hustle

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor

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

First choice? Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Second choice? Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Supporting Actress

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

First choice? Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave

Second choice? Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle

First choice? Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Second choice? Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

Best Original Screenplay

  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Dallas Buyers Club

First choice? Her

Spike Jonze's Her

Second choice? American Hustle

David O. Russell's American Hustle

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Philomena
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Before Midnight
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

First choice? Philomena

Philomena 2014

Second choice? The Wolf of Wall Street

Leo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Score

  • Gravity
  • The Book Thief
  • Her
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks

First choice? Gravity

Gravity Movie

Second choice? Her

Spike Jonze's Her

Best Original Song

  • “Let It Go” – Frozen
  • “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • “The Moon Song” – Her
  • “Happy” – Despicable Me 2

First choice? “Let It Go” – Frozen

Second choice? “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • The Wind Rises

First choice? Frozen

Idina Menzel as Elsa in Frozen

Second choice? The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises 2013

Best Costume Design

  • American Hustle
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Invisible Woman
  • 12 Years a Slave

First choice? The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

Second choice? American Hustle

David O. Russell's American Hustle

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • The Lone Ranger

First choice? Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club 2013

Second choice? Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Jackass' Bad Grandpa

Best Cinematography

  • The Grandmaster
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners

First choice? Gravity

Gravity Movie

Second choice? Nebraska

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in Nebraska

Best Production Design

  • American Hustle
  • Gravity
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Her
  • 12 Years a Slave

First choice? Gravity

Gravity Movie

Second choice? The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

Best Film Editing

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • 12 Years a Slave

First choice? Gravity

Gravity Movie

Second choice? Captain Phillips

Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks, and Faysal Ahmed in Captain Phillips

Best Visual Effects

  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

First choice? Gravity

Gravity Movie

Second choice? Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3, Tony Stark

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be live Sunday, March 2 on ABC at 8pm E/7pm C.

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