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The 86th Academy Awards

Well, I've officially seen all 9 of the nominees for Best Picture this year, so I decided to share some opinions of whose gonna win what at tonight's Oscars. The best three movies are listed at the bottom.
8Best Supporting Actress

Will Win - Jennifer Lawrence. Runner-Up - June Squib. Against a stunning ensemble Lawrence still shined the brightest in American Hustle, and she looks unstoppable to take home another trophy, even with June Squib stealing some of the spotlight from Bruce Dern in Nebraska.
7Best Supporting Actor

Will Win - Jared Leto. Runner-Up - Michael Fassbender. Leto is clearly the frontrunner here and I can't disagree, even if Michael Fassbender's deranged plantation owner would have had him taking home the win in other years.
6Best Actress

Will Win - Cate Blanchett. Should Win - Judi Dench. Even though I haven't seen Blue Jasmine (only so much time), everyone and their mother agrees that Blanchett is a lock. Don't count out Judi Dench's lovable Philomena, or maybe the only Oscar- less nominee Amy Adams, as upset contenders.
5Best Actor

Will Win - Chiwetel Ejiofor. Should Win - Matthew McConaughey. 12 Years a Slave is such a juggernaut movie this year and I put that as a result of Ejiofor's absolutely soul wrenching lead. But in terms of pure character-engulfingness I'd see it given to McConaughey, who admittedly was cast in a (very) slightly lesser movie.
4Best Director

Will Win - Alfonso Cuaron. Runner-Up - Alexander Payne. Cuaron clearly made something entirely unique with Gravity and his decision making is largely responsible. Nobody else comes close. The rest of the field is tight but I loved Payne's black and white rural claustrophobia of Nebraska.
3Dallas Buyer's Club

In my opinion the two best male acting performances of the year carry Dallas Buyer's Club's heart wrenching and sometimes heavy-handed story. It?s amazing how great you can feel about the human condition even after you witness the horrors that the closed-minded can wrought.
212 Years a Slave

At first, I was skeptical of Slave's story as something we've all seen before time and time again. But something about the freedom being snatched away from Ejiofor's Solomon Northrup shook off the unease and slammed home the devastation of unrightable wrongs. Still slightly predictable at times, there isn't a moment of cinema in 2014 quite like his return to his family after those terrible 12 years.

Normally I'd bet against the blockbuster as the Best Picture winner, but fuck it. This was the most intense, riveting, thought provoking, scary, and downright unbearable hour and a half of movie going I've had in my life. It raises more questions than it answers and delves deeper into our most primal fears then any movie before it. Cuaron did something sinister here. And it's amazing.
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