Regardless, we've seen nearly all the nominees for the Oscars this year, and since everyone loves to chime in on who they think is going to win, I thought our expertise should be heard as well. So here are Tall Mom's picks for the major categories:
American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street
Close Second: Gravity
Watch Out For: American Hustle
WTF?: Why was Inside Llewelyn Davis not nominated?
The Academy is a fickle bunch. They can be so stubborn, old school, closed minded, but also very open to new ideas (see: expanding the Best Picture Category to ten films after the uproar The Dark Knight not being nominated in 2008). This perfectly describes the battle for Best picture this year. How so? 12 Years A Slave will win because it's a safe choice. Of course, the topic, and the movie itself is not easy to watch which, contrary to my point, doesn't make it safe. But, after picking movies like The Hurt Locker, The Kings Speech, The Artist, and Argo over the past few years, the Academy has tipped their hand. They love artsy, historical, biopics that are not major motion picture events. Thus, 12 Years A Slave getting the nod. Gravity, albeit a technical marvel, is too sci-fi, too shiny, too technical, and too much of box office hit. But watch out for American Hustle - a nice movie with a great cast that didn't really tip the needle in either direction. Many theorize that 12 Years, and Gravity, will split the votes and open the doors for American Hustle to win.
Christian Bale – American Hustle