Oscar Project 2014: Final Thoughts


Because things got crazy for me around Oscar night — film festivals! birthdays! papers! cookies! — I never got around to posting my Oscar predictions. The closest I got was a last-minute Tweet about my top-category picks.

I chose my Best Picture pick about an hour before showtime, and I guess made the right call — 12 Years a Slave took the prize. In the end, I went with 12 Years because although Gravity was beautiful and deserved every technical award it won, the writing just exasperated me to no end.

Clooney: Save your oxygen! You’re running low! Make good oxygen choices!

Clooney: Just kidding, you’re going to need to use some of that oxygen to answer my invasive questions!

Based on nothing special or particularly educated, just how much I enjoyed them, I would rank the Best Picture nominees like this:

  1. Dallas Buyers Club
  2. Nebraska
  3. American Hustle
  4. Her
  5. 12 Years a Slave
  6. Philomena
  7. Captain Phillips
  8. Gravity
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Stupid opinions? Amateur opinions? Probably. But there you go. I liked and would recommend all of them except those last two.

I also want to take a minute to recognize the movies I loved this year that didn’t get nominations:

  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • The Butler

And, as I tweeted, if I could have picked any movie this year to be Best Picture, it would have been Frozen. It’s the only one I plan to buy on DVD and watch again and again. But I guess I can be content with its wins for Best Animated Picture and Best Original Song. (I probably would have boycotted future Oscars had it lost either.)

Regarding the actor winners: I’m delighted that Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor — I’ve loved him since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days — and pleased that Jared Leto won. Lupita Nyong’o seems like a fantastic human being, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. I’m happy for Cate Blanchett, but I’m still not going to see Blue Jasmine.

Overall, I had a great time working through all the nominees this year — what a great year for movies. 2015 has big shoes to fill.


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