• oscarAnd the Oscar Goes To...2014 Academy Awards Predictions

    Sunday marks the 86th Academy Awards, and this year’s competition is stiff. With heavy hitters such as American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, and 12 Years a Slave, it’s hard to predict who will take home the ultimate cinema award. Read on for our predictions for the biggest night for movies!

    Best Actress in a Supporting Role

    - Blue Jasmine: Sally Hawkins
    - American Hustle: Jennifer Lawrence
    - 12 Years a Slave: Lupita Nyong’o
    - August: Osage County: Julia Roberts
    - Nebraska: June Squibb

    Who Will Win: I think the entire room is nodding when I say Jennifer Lawrence is a shoe-in for this one. As Hollywood’s darling right now, she’s proven time and time again how versatile she is as an actress. She definitely held her own in a film full of heavy-hitting actors once again. She also took home the Golden Globe for her performance.

    Upset Potential: On the other hand, the performance by Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave is nothing to turn your back on. Her graceful, intense performance definitely garnered a nomination for all the major awards, so don’t let her “newcomer” façade fool you.

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    - Captain Phillips: Barkhad Abdi
    - American Hustle: Bradley Cooper
    - 12 Years a Slave: Michael Fassbender
    - The Wolf of Wall Street: Jonah Hill
    - Dallas Buyers Club: Jared Leto

    Who Will Win: Jared Leto is taking home the Oscar. Period. He’s been sweeping the Awards Season, with wins recorded from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. All this hype and we haven’t even included all the Independent Film awards he’s gotten for his performance. It’s all well-deserved; his performance was riveting.

    Upset Potential: There isn’t, really. But if there had to be an upset, it’d most likely be Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street. But I really think Leto is taking it home.

    Best Actress in a Leading Role

    - American Hustle: Amy Adams
    - Philomena: Judi Dench
    - Blue Jasmine: Cate Blanchett
    - Gravity: Sandra Bullock
    - August: Osage County: Meryl Streep

    Who Will Win: This category is extremely tough. Not only are all of these actress veterans to the Awards stage, they all gave absolutely stellar performances. But, I really feel as if the award will go to Cate Blanchett. She, like Leto, swept the major awards this year (SAG, Golden Globes, BAFTA) and she, like Leto, gave a painfully wonderful performance as Jasmine in the Woody Allen film.

    Upset Potential: Though my heart wants to say Sandra Bullock will sneak into the back door of obvious Oscar choices, I think the only potential for an upset would be Judi Dench as the title character in Philomena. The dramedy is a hidden jewel and her performance was fantastic.

    Best Actor in a Leading Role

    - American Hustle: Christian Bale
    - Nebraska: Bruce Dern
    - The Wolf of Wall Street: Leonardo DiCaprio
    - 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    - Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey

    Who Will Win: This is another tough one, even moreso than the Best Actress category. It’s tougher because the awards season has been split between two absolutely mind-blowing performances: Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey. It’s almost a “close your eyes and point” situation. But, for the sake of fun, I’ll make a choice. We’re going to go with Leonardo DiCaprio for this one. Not only is he well overdue, this was so unlike a character we’ve seen him play. He showed tremendous range in playing this particular character. Plus, he took home the Golden Globe for best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his performance.

    Upset Potential: Matthew McConaughey, of course. He took home the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. But, by the same token, Chiwetel Ejiofor took home the BAFTA for his beautiful performance as Solomon North in 12 Years a Slave. All right, this one’s a toss-up. I give. It could be any of the three.

    Best Director
    - American Hustle: David O. Russell
    - Gravity: Alfonso Cuarón
    - Nebraska: Alexander Payne
    - 12 Years a Slave: Steve McQueen
    - The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese

    Who Will Win: I’m going to go with Alfonso Cuarón for this one. He took home the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Director’s Guild of America Award for his work on Gravity. And, with the ability to get award nominated performances out of a film that relied heavily on computer generated imagery, it was all well-deserved.

    Upset Potential: Steve McQueen. He also garnered award nominated (and winning) performances out of his ensemble of insane talent. The film was a wonderful example of fine directing and it wouldn’t be surprising (or upsetting) to see an upset here. Martin Scorsese may sneak in the back door on this one, but it’s not that likely.

    Best Motion Picture of the Year

    - American Hustle
    - Nebraska
    - Captain Phillips
    - Philomena
    - Dallas Buyers Club
    - 12 Years a Slave
    - Gravity
    - The Wolf of Wall Street
    - Her

    Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave for this one. It took home the Golden Globe for Best Drama Film and the BAFTA award for Best Film. It’s really difficult to topple the breakout performances of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o as well as the fantastic ensemble of award season veterans, such as: Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. It’ll be difficult to topple this film from the top spot.

    Upset Potential: American Hustle can also win the highest honor due to its strong ensemble experience. It took home the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical Film and proved that it could hold its own against heavy hitting dramas. But will it be enough to topple 12 Years a Slave?

    What do you think? Were we way off or right on the nose? Tune in to the Academy Awards on ABC at 7 pm EST Sunday night to see if we were accurate or not. If you can't catch the awards live, set your Dish Hopper so you don't miss any memorable moments. Looking to save on high-speed internet and Dish? Click here to see how!