So it’s officially a three-horse race for the 2014 Oscars: 12 Years a Slave has nine nominations, while Gravity and American Hustle have ten each – which means that slavery, space and slick ’70s shysters now find themselves being judged against each other for perhaps the first time in human history. Will Oscar voters opt for the solemnity of 12 Years a Slave, the fun of American Hustle or the wonder of Gravity? At least one of these films will walk away dejected on the night, and, if you take a look at our predictions below, at the moment we fear that film may be 12 Years a Slave.
But what else do the 2014 Oscar nominations tell us? Major Oscar hopes are pretty much dead for Saving Mr Banks, Mandela and The Butler (although the first two films landed one nomination each, for score and song respectively), while in the acting category there was no love for Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All is Lost) or Idris Elba (Mandela). The dark horse to keep an eye out for on Oscar night on March 2 will be Dallas Buyers Club: it’s unlikely to turn its nomination for Best Picture into a win, yet Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could very well dominate the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories.
Finally, everyone behind the British film Philomena should be rightly chuffed: Judi Dench is nominated for Best Actress, the film has a Best Picture nomination and its writers, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, received Best Adapted Screenplay nods.
Who do we think will win on March 2? And who do we think deserves to win? Here are our predictions for the six main categories at the 2014 Oscars.
Will win: American Hustle
Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Will win: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Should win: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Will win: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Will win: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Should win: Judi Dench for Philomena
Best Supporting Actress
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
Should win: Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor
Will win: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Should win: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave