This year’s award season has been anything but predictable and Hollywood’s elite will gather for one last attempt at winning gold at the Oscars, March 2.
There are nine films nominated for the prestigious Best Picture award. American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street are all competing for this year’s top honor.
Depending on your interest, you probably have to be a movie buff to thoroughly appreciate what these films have to offer. None of these narratives really target a younger audience. But the Oscars usually don’t.
Jennifer Lawrence, starring in American Hustle and nominated for Best Supporting Actress, is most likely one of the key components in drawing the attention of any college-age group, thanks to her role in The Hunger Games trilogy.
But even if you weren’t born in the 70s you can find something enjoyable about American Hustle. Film Director David O. Russell combines his two all-star casts from former Oscar nominated films, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, which each won their fair share of awards.
Lawrence won last year’s Best Actress category from her leading role in Silver Linings Playbook. But this year, many people think her main competition, if not the only competition, is newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.
Nyong’o is starring in her first major film role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave. She gave a veteran’s performance that has critics and fellow actors reeling over the rookie’s first film.
So far with the two major award shows for film, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the two actresses have got one award each, and it’s anybody’s guess at who’s going to bring home the big Oscar on Sunday.
Entertainment Weekly broke down the race in the Feb. 28 issue with Nyong’o having a 28 percent chance of winning, but Lawrence trailing behind with 26 percent.
If that wasn’t close enough, the entertainment magazine has the battle for Best Picture between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, with the latter being ahead by just 1 percent.
The Best Actress category apparently has no competition, according to EW, with nominee Cate Blanchett claiming 35 percent likelihood of winning, and sweeping all the previous awards so far this season.
Contenders in the Best Actor category, however, is a much hotter topic. Matthew McConaughey, mostly known for his infamous romantic comedy roles, like How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, changes up his image by playing a dying man diagnosed with aids. He leads the nominees with a 30 percent chance of winning the little golden man.
Though some would like to see an underdog like Chiwetel Ejiofor take the Oscar for his challenging and heartbreaking performance as real-life slave Solomon Northup. Or even movie veteran Leonardo DiCaprio who is the most correctly rated but under-awarded actor in Hollywood when it comes to the Academy Awards.