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Friday 4 October 2013, 12:58

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

As the awards season rolls around the challenge is to predict the Academy Awards winners a whole five months before the Oscars ceremony.

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    Comment number 1.

    Best Director- Martin Scorsese (wolf of wall street)
    Best Film - 12 years a slave
    Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 years a slave)
    Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Best Screenplay - Spike Jonze (Her)

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    Comment number 2.

    Surely we can do better than that. I suggest we cast our predictions for the 2015 Oscars. Because as far as Oscar buzz goes, it can never be too meaningless.

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    Comment number 3.

    Here’s my predictions, can’t wait for next year when I have been proven completely wrong:

    Best picture: 12 years a slave. No one has seen Wolf of Wall Street Yet, but I still think this will be declared best film given the titanic momentum it has at the moment.

    Best director: Alfonso Cuaron over Steve McQueen. From the trailer and early reviews it looks like the direction in this film is second to none.

    Best actor: I reckon it’ll be between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tom Hanks, but Ejiofor will win.

    Best actress: Cate Blanchett – hard to see anyone else coming close.

    Best adapted screenplay: 12 years a slave, although the August: Osage County is potentially a very strong contender as well.
    Best original screenplay: My wildcard guess – Inside Llewyn Davis.

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    Comment number 4.

    Best film: I really hope Gravity because it looks absolutely fantastic, but probably go to a safe bet like 12 years a slave.
    Best director: Alfonso Cuarón. See above.
    Best actor: Probably Chiwetel Ejiofor (although he should have won for Kinky Boots)
    Best actress: Cate Blanchett. Obviously.
    Best screenplay: Inside Llewyn Davis. The Coens' screenplays are reliably brilliant.

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    Comment number 5.

    Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years
    Actor: Michael Fassbender, 12 years
    Actress: Meryl Streep, A:OC (read the play - PERFECT casting!)
    Film: Twelve Years a Slave

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    Comment number 6.

    I meant Fassbender for supporting actor. Best actor will go to Ejiofor.

    I hope A:OC gets best adaptation. Though that could go to 12 Years too.

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    Comment number 7.

    Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director: Steve McQueen
    Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
    Best Screenplay: Adapted- 12 Years a Slave
    Best Screenplay: Original- American Hustle

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    Comment number 8.

    Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director: Ron Howard for Rush
    Best Actress: Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Fifth Estate
    Best Screenplay: Before Midnight

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    Comment number 9.

    Best Picture- 12 Years a Slave might not sustain momentum until awards season properly begins (like 'The Master' last year), and if Steve McQueen's two previous films are anything to go by, it's depiction of slavery might be too uncompromising for Oscar voters (although this is irrelevant to the quality of the film itself). The Monuments Men seems to tick the Oscar bait category perfectly this year, although I'm not sure if this will translate to wins in other categories.
    Best Director- Alfonso Cuaron, obviously (even though I won't see Gravity until next month)
    Best Actor- Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Best Actress- Cate Blanchett
    Best Original Screenplay- Blue Jasmine
    Best Adapted Screenplay- 12 Years a Slave
    Every Special effects category- Gravity

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    Comment number 10.

    This is about as pointless a blog as you can get. It's like asking us to pick our favourite Wittertainment episode of the year with 3 months left of episodes still to be aired.

    All I do know is Simon will win best Programme host and you best contributor. That was a hard choice...

    I will not stoop to American levels of lunacy and pick from films I haven't seen or aren't out, because like you say about Planes etc. you can't review a film you haven't seen. By asking us to nominate our Oscar picks, you're basically asking us to review character performances, directorial performances and films we haven't seen.

    Why break your own rules? Did you not just have a discussion about Science-fiction films breaking their own rules and a blog about your "film flop" rules a few weeks back?

    Back to school for you Mark.

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    Comment number 11.

    My predictions:
    Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director: Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Actor: Chiwitel Ejoifor - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Actress: Sandra Bullock - Gravity
    Best Original Screenplay: Inside Llewyn Davis
    Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave

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    Comment number 12.

    Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director - Steve McQueen
    Best Actor - Tom Hanks
    Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
    Best Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Original Screenplay - Inside Llewyn Davis

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    Comment number 13.

    Director: Alfonso Cuarón
    Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Picture: 12 Years a Slave
    Screenplay: Inside Llewyn Davis

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    Comment number 14.

    Best Film: 12 Years A Slave
    Best Director: Steve McQueen
    Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen
    Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave

    These predictions are somewhat dicey if The Wolf Of Wall Street turns out to be half as good as it looks.... surely Scorsese ought to be inline for an Oscar.... maybe even one for Leo?

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    Comment number 15.

    Best Film- 12 Years as a slave
    Director- Steve Mcqueen (12 Years as a slave)
    Actor- Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf Of Wall Street)
    Actress- Kate Blanchett ( Blue Jasmine)

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    Comment number 16.

    "12 Years A Slave" looks perfect Oscar-bait and generally speaking would be both worthy and tedious enough to clean up at the awards but the early reviews on IMDB only give it a 7.7 so I'm guessing it may not be very good. That leaves us with "American Hustle" to clean up most of the major honors with a few sympathy Oscars going to Robert Redford (because he should have won more than one already), James Gandolfini because he's dead and Oprah because...well....she's Oprah!

    Best Film - American Hustle
    Best Actor - Robert Redford ("All Is Lost")
    Best Actress - Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine")
    Best Director - David O Russel ("American Hustle")
    Best Screenplay - David O Russel/ Eric Singer ("American Hustle")
    Best Supporting Actor - James Gandolfini ("Enough Said")
    Best Supporting Actress - Oprah Winfrey ("The Butler")

    .........On a completely different note, did you know Danny Dyer was going to be the new landlord of the Queen Vic in "Eastenders"? That means he will have to put his Oscar speech on hold for at least the next couple of years!

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    Comment number 17.

    Best Director- Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
    Best Film - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
    Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Best Screenplay - Original -- Spike Jonze (Her) Adapted --- John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave

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    Comment number 18.

    Best Film: 12 Years a Slave (I saw the trailer and it has Oscar bait all over it... and Brad Pitt)

    Best Director: Steve McQueen (Should have been nominated for Shame) or Alfonso Cuaron (He may pull an Ang Lee and receive surprise win, and I would win £200 like I did at this years Oscars)

    Actor: Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) (Hope Greengrass gets a nod this time round)

    Actress: Cate Blanchet (She's pretty much a safe bet, since she's been nominated a few times, and actually won once)

    As for The Wolf of Wall Street getting nods, it really is a fifty fifty chance since the film may be held back till next year. There was a story posted online last week claiming that Paramount keeps changing the release date from November to possible January due to the fact the studio wants Scorsese to cut the film down from 180 minutes to a more shorter length. If Scorsese does come up with a shorter cut, Paramount is ready to shift the release date of Jack Ryan (Kenneth Branagh's reboot of Tom Clancy's literally hero) from its original release date of Boxing Day to mid January, and release Scorsese's film instead.

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    Comment number 19.

    Sorry forgot to add, there is a rumor that The Wolf of Wall Street may get an NC-17 rating. I really doubt this since Paramount will no doubt force Scorsese to tone it down to an R rating.

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    Comment number 20.

    Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director - Alfonso Cuarón
    Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Best Actress - Meryl Streep


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