The Oscars: Oscar Picks From the Sticks

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So, the Oscars are this weekend. This is one of those events that people across the world get excited about. Who doesn’t love to see a movie star win an award? Right.

The Oscars are a really fun event, but sometimes mainstream audiences feel a bit disconnected from the actors and movies because, well… these aren’t necessarily movies you can take your family to see on a Sunday afternoon. Who has seen all of these movies anyway? Probably, actors and film critics. And maybe, retired actors and film critics. You know, people voting on the awards.

Anyway, to help you be prepared for the awards on Sunday night, we’ve enlisted our resident film critic to make his picks for you. He’s from the sticks and loves a good movie. He hasn’t necessarily seen all of these films, but he’s done his homework.

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale // “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern // “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio //  “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor // “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey // “Dallas Buyers Club”

Reason for pick: This one was tough, because I’ve actually been to Dallas. I picked Christian Bale because I really like Batman.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi // “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper // “American Hustle”

Michael Fassbender // “12 Years a Slave”

Jonah Hill //“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Jared Leto // “Dallas Buyers Club”

Reason for pick: Went with this pick because I love those Dallas Cowboys. I hope this win can bring back some hope to Cowboys fans everywhere.

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams // “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett // “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock // “Gravity”

Judi Dench // “Philomena”

Meryl Streep // “August: Osage County”

Reason for pick: I really do love Sandra and I can’t imagine floating in space for that long, just to film a movie. She has to win.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins // “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence // “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o // “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts // “August: Osage County”

June Squibb // “Nebraska”

Reason for pick: My kids love those hungry game books and movies. This girl is in those, so I think she’s probably real good.

Animated Feature Film

“The Croods” // Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson

“Despicable Me 2”// Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri

“Ernest & Celestine” //  Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner

“Frozen” // Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

“The Wind Rises” // Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Reason for pick: I’ve actually seen these! I haven’t quit singing “Let it Go” since I left the theater.


“The Grandmaster” // Philippe Le Sourd

“Gravity” // Emmanuel Lubezki

“Inside Llewyn Davis” // Bruno Delbonnel

“Nebraska” // Phedon Papamichael

“Prisoners” // Roger A. Deakins

Reason for pick: What’s prettier than Nebraska?

Costume Design

“American Hustle” // Michael Wilkinson

“The Grandmaster” // William Chang Suk Ping

“The Great Gatsby” // Catherine Martin

“The Invisible Woman” // Michael O’Connor

“12 Years a Slave” // Patricia Norris

Reason for pick: My wife does all of my shopping for me, so I am not at al qualified to answer this. But, I went with this choice, because I bet it’d be real hard to dress an invisible person.


“American Hustle” // David O. Russell

“Gravity” // Alfonso Cuarón

“Nebraska” // Alexander Payne

“12 Years a Slave” // Steve McQueen

“The Wolf of Wall Street” // Martin Scorsese

Reason for pick: I love Martin Scorsese. Never heard of any of those other people. Wasn’t Steve McQueen James Bond?

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club” // Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” //  Stephen Prouty

“The Lone Ranger” // Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Reason for pick: Dallas has the prettiest girls and best shopping. This was an easy choice.

Music (Original Score)

“The Book Thief” // John Williams

“Gravity” // Steven Price

“Her” // William Butler and Owen Pallett

“Philomena” // Alexandre Desplat

“Saving Mr. Banks” // Thomas Newman

Reason for pick: “Philomena” sounds fancy. I bet the music is fancy, too.

Music (Original Song)

“Happy” // “Despicable Me 2” // Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” // “Frozen” // Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” // “Her” // Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” // “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” // Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Reason for pick: This one was hard. I love U2, but my heart just won’t stop singing, “Let it Go.”

Best Picture

“American Hustle” // Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

“Captain Phillips” // Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

“Dallas Buyers Club” // Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

“Gravity”  // Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

“Her” // Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

“Nebraska” // Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

“Philomena” // Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

“12 Years a Slave” // Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

“The Wolf of Wall Street” // Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

Reason for pick: This one was really hard. There were so many choices. I drew this one out of a hat, but was happy with my pick.

This was harder than I thought it would be. I was disappointed that “Man of Steel” and “We are the Millers” were not listed here. I think the Oscars will be fun! Good luck to the nominees!

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