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:
- Dallas Buyers Club
- American Hustle
- 12 Years a Slave
- Captain Phillips
- 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.