Awards Season 2014 Comes to a Close: Oscar Outlook – Who Will Win on Hollywood’s Biggest Night?

Kim Watkins, Editor-In-Chief

What do People’s Choice, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards all mean for the upcoming Oscar nominees? Do these precursors to the 86th Academy Awards determine who will take home movie gold or will it be a complete tossup?

Just like the Emmy’s showcase the best talent from the world of television, the Academy Awards honor and award film legends and Hollywood’s elite flock to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, bringing their fashion, style and excitement in tow.

Though the show is being pushed back to Mar. 2 to accommodate the Sochi Winter Olympics throughout February, the thrill of the awards season still remains. Fan-favorite Ellen DeGeneres will host the Oscars for a second time; the first time was in 2007.

There are some big contenders for this year’s awards, but the most nominations went to American Hustle and Gravity with ten nominations each. Other Best Picture hopefuls include 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Going by Globes standards, it’s possible that either 12 Years A Slave or American Hustle could take the big prize, though the latter might have a better chance due to its “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Best Director nods go to Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street). Though Cauron took the Golden Globe for “Best Director,” the Oscar could go to any of these contenders.

“Best Actor” nominees include Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. “Best Actress” contenders include Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep. Considering the wins from both the Globes and the SAG’s, McConaughey and Blanchett may just take home the Oscar.

Up for “Best Supporting Actor” are nominees Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill and Jared Leto while “Best Supporting Actress” nominees include Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb. Though Leto looks like the obvious win on the men’s side, both Lawrence and Nyong’o could possibly take home the Oscar gold for their roles in American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave, respectively.

Frozen may just take the “Best Animated Feature” Oscar while Spike Jonze’s Her could win “Best Writing – Original Screenplay.” U2 could possibly win “Best Original Song.” Speculation will ensue about who will win until that first weekend in March where Hollywood’s best will compete for their own gold.