Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman shares with NY1 his predictions on who will win this year's Oscars and who he thinks deserves to win.
The Academy Awards are Sunday night, and it’s the most competitive set of categories in quite a long time.
For Best Supporting Actress, I’d vote overwhelmingly for Lupita Nyong’O for her extraordinary work in "12 Years a Slave" as the slave girl Patsy. And it’s such a powerfully intense performance that I think she’ll win.
For Best Supporting Actor, I’d give the award to Michael Fassbender for his brilliant performance in "12 Years a Slave" as the sadistic plantation owner who doesn’t, deep down, believe his own racial lies. But I predict the award will go to Jared Leto for his touching, if not exactly deep, work as the bitchy-but-sad drag-queen sidekick of "Dallas Buyers Club."
For Best Actress, I would give the award to Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" for playing, with such bitter comedy and power, a contemporary Blanche DuBois. And Blanchett, I think, is a lock to win that award.
For Best Actor, my vote, once again, is with "12 Years a Slave." Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Solomon Northup has a powerful tension and moral eloquence that makes it acting for the ages. It’s the most transcendant performance I saw all year. For my prediction, though, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Oscar will go not to Ejiofor, or to front-runner Matthew McConaughey, but to Leonardo DiCaprio, for giving an audacious and electrifying performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
For Best Director, I'd give the award to Alfonso Cuaron for staging "Gravity" as such a hypnotic spectacle of time and space, one that makes movies again seem like a miraculous medium. I think Cuaron will get the award.
And, finally, for Best Picture, my choice would be "12 Years a Slave," which is not only such an intense drama of the human brutality of slavery, but the most supremely emotional film I saw all year. I hope it wins, and it very easily could. In the end, though, I’m going to predict that the movie that fuses crowd-pleasing popularity and art in a way that the members of the Academy won’t be able to resist is "Gravity." I wouldn’t say bet the farm on it, but at least bet the barn and a fence.