It's Hollywood’s night of nights soon as the 86th Academy Awards is just a couple of days away. The Oscars are the most prestigious of all awards, wrapping up the season, and this year we can see that it’s going to be a tight race across all categories.
So while the celebrities are on the tail end of their juice cleanse, as stylists line up to dress them for the biggest red carpet in the world, we are left to predict who is going to walk away with one of those gold statues that transforms careers. We sat down with Ellen Killoran to discuss who she thinks is going to win, and what if any surprises we can expect.
The biggest category of the evening so happens to be the tightest race of them all, Best Picture. Up for an Oscar is “American Hustle,” “12 Years A Slave,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Philips,” “Nebraska,” “Dallas Buyers Club.” Ellen thinks this race is tight but thinks “12 Year A Slave” will win … just.
Next up is the Oscar for Actor In A Leading Role and while I think it’s time for Leonardo DiCaprio to win an Oscar for his role in “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Ellen thinks Mathew McConaughey will win for his powerful performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” But there are some strong contenders in this category, and it would be nice to see Chiwetel Ejiofor win for his exceptional performance in “12 Years A Slave.”
Next up is the ladies, For Best Actress In A Leading Role: There are some serious players in this category including the one and only Dame Judi Dench for “Philomena” and Amy Adams in “American Hustle.” But the girl from Down Under, Cate Blanchett, is Ellen’s pick for her role in “Blue Jasmine.”
If she does win it seems everyone will be listening a little closer to her acceptance speech. Will she address her director, Woody Allen? Or will the focus be on dedicating her win to her dear friend, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman?
The supporting role categories are also tight for both the ladies and the men. Jared Leto is favorite to win for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” but I do hope to see Michael Fassbender win for “12 Years A Slave.” For the ladies, another tight race, but it will be neck and neck between Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle” and Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years A Slave.”
Wrapping up the predictions for Oscars in some of the categories, is Best Director: It may be “Gravity," with Alfonso Cuaron as Ellen’s favorite. But we can’t forget the amazing direction by Steve McQueen on “12 Years A Slave.”