2014 Academy Awards Open Thread
March 1, 2014

2013 was a strong year for movies overall. All the nominated films were good and there were many other fine films to see that weren't nominated at all. But this is about the Oscars so let me get to my picks. (You have my picks now so share your's in the comment section)

Best Picture

Winner: "Gravity" It was an ambitious production that turned the cold, dark and silent spaces of space into the most exciting and entertaining film of the year. What you can't hear is more frightening that what you can.

Runner-up: "12 Years A Slave," was excellently acted and well made, but it's a hard movie to sit through and left me cold. I do believe that a movie depicting the horrors of slavery should be made every few years and it should be required viewing for some people and politicians in this country if they want their driver's license renewed.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Matthew McConaughey. His commitment to the part was intense, with the extreme weight loss and all and his performance was truly electrifying. Is his career on a roll or what?

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Cate Blanchett. Woody Allen combined elements of "A Street Car Named Desire" and "Woman Under The Influence" to sculpt out the character of Jasmine and Blanchett's performance was stunning and heartbreaking.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Barkhad Abdi. Everyone is picking Jared Leto, who was marvelous by the way, but for me, Abdi's performance was better than Hanks and was the heartbeat of "Captain Phillips".

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence. Lupita Nyong'o has become the favorite now to win the coveted Oscar and she was brilliant, but Jennifer Lawrence stole the show with a manically bravado performance that saved "American Hustle" from itself. You'll never look at a microwave quite the same.

Best Directing

WInner: I never understand how the best picture award doesn't also equate into a best director award, but in this case if "Gravity" wins best picture then Steve McQueen will win this award for the agonizing "12 Years A Slave." Flip it to Cuarón if he loses Best Picture to McQueen.

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