(some categories are missing since I either don’t care or haven’t seen the nominated films)
Best picture – Dallas Buyers Club
Close second: Captain Phillips
Why: “12 Years a Slave” was boring, “The Wolf of Wall Street” not funny and chauvinistic, “American Hustle” wasn’t as good as DBC and I haven’t seen “Her”, “Gravity”, “Nebraska” or
Best director – no idea. What criteria does the Academy use for this category anyway? Judging by the nominated film, I’d say “12 Years a Slave” because that topic is surely heavy on cast and crew.
Best actor – Leonardo DiCaprio, “Wolf of Wallstreet”
Close second: Matthew Mcconaughey “DBC”
Why: I haven’t seen Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”. Chiwetel Ejiofor was good but not “wow!”, and ditto with Christian Bale.
Best actress – Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Close Second: Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Why: I haven’t seen the other actresses’ movies. Amy Adams was brilliant and according to a psychiatrist I know, Blanchett’s portrayal was psychologically accurate.
Best supporting actor – Jared Leto, “DBC”
Why: If you’ve seen DBC, the answer is self-evident. Every other nominee was great, but none of them were extraordinary. (Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Michael Fassbender)
Best supporting actress – Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Why: Her performance was stellar! I only saw Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” and neither June Squibb, Julia Roberts, nor Sally Hawkins but I’m sure JenLaw beats all of them.
Best original screenplay – American Hustle
Close second: DBC
Why: I was actively thinking “Wow, what a great script” during American Hustle. Every other argument is invalid^^
Best adapted screenplay – Captain Phillips
Why: It’s a thrilling movie with great characterisations. Simply brilliant storytelling whereas “12 Years a Slave” was lengthy and “Wolf of Wall Street” just not my thing.
Best animated feature – No idea. Only saw Frozen and as a movie it didn’t excite me much.
Best music (original song) – “Let it go” from “Frozen
Why: It’s catchy, it’s profound, it has a popular tag on tumblr… I can go on!
Best cinematography – unfortunately I have seen neither of the nominated pictures… Shame on me!
Best costume design – American Hustle
Why: The costumes complemented the characters and were both hideous as well as beautiful!
Best film editing – Captain Phillips
Why: Because editing a thrilling movie brilliantly is hard and Christopher Rouse managed it perfectly. “12 Years a Slave”, “American Hustle” and “Dallas Buyers Club” had their moments of Cinematography Porn, but “Captain Phillips” is still better in my opinion.
Best makeup and hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club
Why: Whoever managed to make Jared Leto the most sensual woman I’ve seen in years and make Matthew Mcconaughey unattractive deserves an Oscar!
Best visual effects – Star Trek Into Darkness
Close second: Iron Man 3
Why: Personal bias. Pure personal bias. I don’t care about the actual technical know-how.
Best sound mixing / Best sound editing (what’s the difference anyway?) – Captain Phillips
Why: only movie I’ve seen of the nominees