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Academy Awards 2014: Who will win, and who should

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Judi Dench should get a statuette for 'Philomena'

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Most film buffs, including our cranky critic, agree Lupita Nyong’o should win for '12 Years a Slave'


This category is harder. Unlike the women, the guys were actually given good parts in good movies (except for Christian Bale, who’s terrible in the detestable American Hustle). The other nominees are Bruce Dern in Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street; Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave; Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.

Who will win: McConaughey, who’s given eight fine performances in eight fine films in a row, forfeiting his dubious multiple former awards for Best Actor to Squander a Career on Stupid Bullshit. (Though it would be nice to see wacky Dern win for playing so against type.)

Who should win: Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave. Is there really a discussion here?

Best Picture

When the Academy started nominating more than five films for Best Picture a few years ago, they marketed it as a throwback to the olden days when lots of movies were nominated, but it’s actually a transparent attempt to get bigger box office represented so the unwashed masses will be more likely to tune in. This year, five of the nine movies are actually good (Captain Phillips; Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; Her). Some are even great (Nebraska; 12 Years a Slave; The Wolf of Wall Street). Two suck (American Hustle; Philomena).

Who will win: American Hustle. Because the Academy loves to be hustled and they love hustling the audience. God, this movie sucks. The wigs, the artifice, the accents. IT ALL WORKS ON SO MANY LEVELS, I GET IT.

Who should win: 12 Years a Slave manages to be history lesson, fascinating drama and big spotlight on a complicated chunk of American history. Can we now acknowledge Gone with the Wind is racist, pro-Confederacy claptrap?

That’s it, gang: The Academy Awards through a lens of disgust. See you at the multiplex soon.

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