Daily staff members predict Academy Awards winners


Need a cheat sheet before the Academy Awards this Sunday? 247 writers Jarret Quick, Nick Hamden and Jordan Mains, along with 247 assistant editor Maia Zewert and editor-in-chief Katelynn McCollough share their predictions before the ceremony.

Best Picture:

Jarret Quick: ‘12 Years a Slave’

It’s one of the best Civil War dramas in recent memory and every almost performance was top notch.

Nick Hamden: ’12 Years a Slave’

Trust me, after having seen all nine of these movies, there is no way this film doesn’t walk away with the ultimate prize. 

Jordan Mains: ‘Gravity

It’s a great film with excellent effects and seems to be universally liked by everyone.

Maia Zewert: ’12 Years a Slave’

The film took top prize at both the Golden Globes and the British Academy Film Awards, and I think the momentum will carry over to the Oscars.

Katelynn McCollough: ’12 Years a Slave’

There’s more than a few movies in contention for this category, but ’12 Years a Slave’ pushed some boundaries, which will give them the win in the often politically motivated Academy Awards.

Best Actor:

Quick: Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

I was blown away by McConaughey’s performance against his traditional type in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’ Playing against his type has worked well for him.

Hamden: Chiwetel Ejiofor, ’12 Years a Slave’

Although a really great list this year, how could I not give it to Ejiofor? He knocked it out of the park and presumably also is in the Best Picture of the year.

Mains: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street

Although I haven’t seen his performance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ he is long overdue to finally earn an Oscar

Zewert: Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

I was a fan of McConaughey back when he was in ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.’ He’s come a long way, and he deserves this. If not him, I’d love to see DiCaprio (finally) win.

McCollough: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Poor Leo, he’s watched the little golden man go home in someone else’s arms before. His energy driven performance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ will finally get him that statute he’s been waiting for. 

Best Actress: 

Quick: Sandra Bullock, ‘Gravity’

Gravity may be effect heavy, but Bullock’s driving performance held the film together.

Hamden: Cate Blanchett cq, ‘Blue Jasmine

A bit harder, given three stand out performances, but my money is on Cate. She redefined the mid-life crisis.

Mains: Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’

I’ve heard her performance in Blue Jasmine is breathtaking. 

Zewert: Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’

I have to agree with my father; this one is Blanchett’s to lose.

McCollough: Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’

‘Blue Jasmine’ might not be at the front of every movie goers minds this award season, but there is no doubt Cate Blanchett should be preparing for her acceptance speech now.

Best Director: 

Quick: Steve McQueen, ’12 Years a Slave’

‘12 Years a Slave’ has stayed with me since I say it several months ago, and I that credit McQueen’s unflinching directorial style.

Hamden: Martin Scorsese, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Kind of a tossup, but let’s give it to Scorsese because he wins them a lot and made Jonah Hill a two-time Academy Award nominee.

Mains: Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Gravity’

Like I said before, it’s a great film with fantastic effects.

Zewert: Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Gravity’

Once you see this movie, you will understand why Cuarón deserves this. That said, I wouldn’t be upset to see Scorsese take it home.

McCollough: Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster Gravity might have a tight race for Best Picture, but he should be a shoo-in for the Best Director nod. 

Best Supporting Actor: 

Quick: Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Even against McConaughey’s powerhouse performance, Leto steals scene after scene in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

Hamden: Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

He kind of looks like my favorite hockey player, Henrik Zetterberg and he is basically a shoo-in.

Mains: Barkhad Abdi, ‘Captain Phillips

He does an excellent job as the antagonist. 

Zewert: Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

His performance in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is astounding. He’s also won the category in practically every show this season, making him the one to beat.

McCollough: Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

I think it’s safe to say that nearly every actor in this category would be deserving of a statue, but sadly, there can be only one. Jared Leto will get the Oscar for his performance in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and more than deserve it in this stacked category.

Best Supporting Actress: 

Quick: Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’

Lupita Nyong’o delivered a devastating as Patsey in ‘12 Years a Slave,’ blowing away all other contenders in my opinion.

Hamden: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘American Hustle

Even if she isn’t the best actress here, she is going to win. She is one of the main reasons ‘American Hustle’ ended up being so good.

Mains: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘American Hustle’

Mainly because I’m a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan.

Zewert: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘American Hustle’

She’s coming off a win last year from ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ so she has the momentum. The only possible upset comes from newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.

McCollough: Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’

Unlike the Best Supporting Actor category, in the area of supporting actress Lupita Nyong’os the only choice. Yes, we all love the whimsical Jennifer Lawrence, but the Academy Award is Lupita’s to take.

Best Animated Feature: 

Quick: ‘Despicable Me 2

‘Despicable Me 2’ was an improvement on the original with an even better voice acting cast, especially the well placed team of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig.

Hamden: ‘Frozen

I haven’t gotten to see ‘The Wind Rises‘ yet, but I think it’d be hard for anything to beat the Frozen hype train.

Mains: ‘Frozen’

I think they will easily walk away with this one as it’s the best animated movie I’ve seen since I was a child.

Zewert: ‘Frozen’

I have been singing the songs for the better part of the past two months. There’s no way this doesn’t walk away with the prize.

McCollough: ‘Frozen’

Duh. No contest here, to choose any other movie proves an Academy of frozen hearts.