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2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

I’m paying less attention than usual this year, but I’m going to make some guesses anyway.

I’m betting tomorrow morning we see a full 10 Best Picture nominees, rather than the last two years’ nine. Each of these should be capable of grabbing the required 5% first place votes.

In the other categories, I’m sticking fairly close to the guild award nominees —  not seeing a ton of room for upsets. The only real wacky pick is McConaughey getting dual nominations in lead and supporting, which just seems like the kind of thing the Academy would do.

Best Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Lead Actor

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Forest Whitaker (The Butler)

Lead Actress

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Brühl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Mud)

Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska

Adapted Screenplay

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