By Hannah Landers, Staff Writer
Awards season is the shining beacon of glamour and celebrity in an otherwise dismally dull late winter. With the pinnacle of the season – the 86th Academy Awards – happening Sunday, it’s getting harder to keep the excitement and ardor over who will win (and, equally important, what that winner will be wearing) in check. Keeping in mind that that excitement often turns to disappointment as the Academy inevitably chooses to bestow their honor on someone who (in your humble opinion) just isn’t up to snuff. Here are the official Muse Oscars predictions:
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Ridley’s heartbreakingly compelling adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir blows all other competition out of the water. Plus, Ridley just bagged the USC Scripter award, which has predicted the Oscar sceenplay winner for five of the past six years (Sorry, “Up in the Air”).
Best Writing – Original Screenplay
With all of the powerhouses competing for Best Picture, Bob Nelson’s quiet little black-and-white story of the tumultuous but loving relationship between an aging alcoholic father and his adrift middle-aged son will, unfortunately, be lost in the shuffle—all the more reason it warrants the Oscar for its screenplay. Jonze will likely take home the prize, however, after wins at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
There is so much misery and suffering in Steve McQueen’s slavery drama – and rightly so – but the most captivatingly tragic figure is the young slave Patsey, played by Lupita Nyong’o with achingly terrific force.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Leto has swept the other awards in this category and most of the other contenders – with Fassy being the only possible exception – don’t hold a candle to his groundbreaking role and electric performance.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Adams’ fiercely desperate performance was a highlight of over-hyped “Hustle,” but Blanchett has taken home pretty much every award she’s been nominated for, so an Oscar win for her is almost a certainty.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Alright, alright, alright – There’s no stopping Hollywood’s favorite surfer from dominating the award shows this season, although veteran actor Ejiofor certainly deserves some kind of recognition for his heart-wrenching breakout performance.
“Gravity” was a stunning feat of technical brilliance and Cuarón earned his right to recognition for the film that required months of preparation, consultations with space experts and a shooting process that basically involved a more high-tech version of Photoshop-ing the actors’ faces and movements into a pre-animated sequence.
What Should Win: “12 Years a Slave”
What Will Win: “12 Years a Slave”
There’s been some buzz about “Gravity” for this category, but McQueen’s excruciating tale of free man-turned-slave Solomon Northup packs the kind of filmic impact that only makes an appearance every few decades.
By Seline Jung, Staff Writer
The 85th Academy Awards were pretty much like every other Academy Awards. Nothing groundbreaking happened, although good moments were made better because of reactions and coverage on social media. Here are some quick personal observations of the ceremony on Sunday. All opinions are my own:
- The gowns were quite underwhelming this year. Anne Hathaway literally wore a satin pink slip. What happened to dramatic haute couture? My best-dressed picks were: Amy Adams, Sally Field, Naomi Watts and Alicia Vikander. For a night like the Oscars, I appreciate “Go big or go home.”
- All the controversy around Seth MacFarlane’s hosting job being sexist or inappropriate has no basis. At all. What do you expect from the creator of the most inappropriate show on television? He was actually funny and I didn’t want to pull my hair out from sheer cringe-worthiness, as was the case with Anne Hathaway and James Franco last year (fail). Also: “We Saw Your Boobs” was hilarious. As a woman, I found no offense in it.
- Facial hair was abundant, and I wasn’t against it.
- Anne Hathaway hate on Twitter was rampant last night.
- Ben Affleck’s thank-you to his wife Jennifer Garner was sweet, honest and sincere, even if it may have come off wrong in the moment. But it didn’t.
- Daniel Day-Lewis is 55 and he’s never looked better.
- Quvenzhane Wallis is adorable. I secretly wish she won best actress just for the bombshell shock factor. Also, how amazing would her speech have been?
View a Storify of Oscar Twitter reactions here.