Taking home the gold

By Taylor Burrington
On February 27, 2014

It’s time for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and in just a few days, veterans and newcomers alike will look for the chance to walk away with that little, golden dude named Oscar in hand. The pageantry is sure to be great this year with Ellen DeGeneres hosting and tons of equally enjoyable presenters to join the team.

This past year in film we’ve seen great stories, performances and minds at work. From Dallas to Wall Street, and even into outer space, we’ve heard stories young and old. We’ve experienced great heights and depths, laughed and cried, felt fear and even fallen in love.

We all enjoy musing about who will get picked to make that long walk to the stage to deliver a speech that’s inevitably going to get cut off early by an obnoxious music cue. Through my own personal experience and reviewing some of the most popular awards’ shows, I’ve compiled my list of who I believe will thank the Academy come March 2.

Best Picture: “12 Years A Slave”

Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club” (I’m sorry; I wanted it for DiCaprio too)

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Year A Slave”

Animated Feature: “Frozen”

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – “Gravity”

Costume Design: Catherine Martin – “The Great Gatsby”

Directing: Alfonso Cuarón

Documentary Feature: “The Act of Killing” – Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

Documentary Short: “Cave Digger” – Jeffrey Karoff

Film Editing: Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Jackass Present: Bad Grandpa”

Original Score: “Gravity” – Steven Price

Original Song: “Let It Go” – Frozen

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby” – Catherin Martin & Beverly Dunn

Short Film: “The Voorman Problem” - Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Animated Short: “Get a Horse!” – Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim

Sound Mixing: “Gravity” – Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Sound Editing: “Gravity” – Glenn Freemantle

Visual Effects: “Gravity” – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould

Adapted Screenplay: “12 Years A Slave” – John Ridley

Original Screenplay: “Her” – Spike Jonze

So many of these nominees are deserving and I’ve been glad to see a varied field of winners in previous award shows for this film year.

-Visit www.asuherald.com to read Taylor’s review of “Endless Love.”

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