Are you psyched up for the 2014 Oscars? Do you want to discover what Hollywood’s in-the-know analysts are thinking about the Oscar nominations 2014? If the answer to these questions is, “yes”, then you’ve come to the right place! To help you understand which films have a shot at the golden Oscar statuette next March 2nd, when the 2014 Oscars will be telecast live on NBC, we’ve created a detailed guide.
By compiling the opinions of some of Tinseltown’s most revered movie pundits, and then sharing them with you in a format that is just so easy to read and understand, we’ll help you to get your own ducks in a row in terms of predicting nominations. When the real nominations for 2014 are announced, you’ll be able to compare your own predictions and then see how they actually panned out.
The Oscars Are All About Film
First of all, you should know that the Oscars are all about cinema. Unlike other awards shows, such as the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, TV isn’t a focus. The Oscars celebrate movies alone, by rewarding the achievements of a range of key players, from actors and actresses to directors, producers, screen writers, makeup artists and special events artists (and so much more).
For almost everyone who’s involved with Hollywood, this particular awards ceremony is the ultimate. This means that film industry professionals covet Oscars like no other award.
If you love the red carpet glamour, the anticipation and the pomp and circumstances of this venerable Hollywood institution, you’re certainly not alone. People all over the world show their love for the Oscars by holding viewing parties and testing their predictions as the statuettes are given out on the big night.
Now, let’s talk about which films are considered hot prospects for Oscar nominations in 2014…
Films that May Go All the Way
Hollywood’s hottest actresses appeared in a range of Oscar-worthy efforts this year. Some of these are very likely to garner nominations, according to cinema experts worldwide. Look for nominations for Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Naomi Watts “Diana” and Kate Winslet (Labor Day).
In terms of Best Picture noms, consider choosing the Book Thief, Gravity, Mud, Prisoners, the Wolf of Wall Street, or “42”. In addition, one “sleeper” film, the poignant Millenium Entertainment film, “What Maisie Knew”, which stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan and Joana Venderham, may become a contender in the Oscar race of 2014. This film has received incredible critical acclaim, and it’s also made money. In fact, it’s the third-highest grossing film for its production company.
Another interesting prospect is the film, “What Richard Did”, which tells the tale of Richard Karlsen, whose life is altered after he ruins the lives of those around him. Starring newcomer Jack Reynor, this unusual film has an Irish provenance, and it’s become a sensation in the Emerald Isle.
While “What Maisie Knew” and “What Richard Did” are smaller films, they have big impact, as they elicit strong emotional reactions from viewers. So, these “dark horses” may come out strong on Oscar night, despite smaller budgets and offbeat sensibilities.
Now that you know some of the most important films of 2013, you’ll be ready to form your own opinions and make your own predictions. If you haven’t seen any films on the list, why not have a viewing party and catch as many of them as you can? By becoming an expert on the most acclaimed films of 2013, you’ll be in a position to judge which films will be nominated in a more meaningful and personal way.
The Oscars are all about glamour, but there is more under the surface. After all, some of these cinematic efforts are truly labors of love for the teams who create them. When films really resonate with viewers, they become works of art that are designed to inspire and to become integral parts of culture.
From “Gone with the Wind” to “What Maisie Knew” and beyond, the tradition of expert and sensitive filmmaking continues, and it will be honored at the Oscar ceremony on March 2nd, 2014. So, be sure to tune in and celebrate the beauty and importance of this entertaining and educational art form.