As an aspiring critic, I like to throw my two cents into what movie has the best chance to win a major award(s). With the Golden Globes on Sunday evening, which I will be prepared for stay tuned for coverage, and the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday, this is how I project the Critics Choice Awards playing out. I’ll simply cover the Golden Globes on Sunday evening rather than make predictions. Anyway, these are my predictions for the 19th Annual Critics Choice Awards:
Best Original Screenplay:
- Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell-“American Hustle”
- Woody Allen-”Blue Jasmine”
- Spike Jonze-”Her”
- The Coen Brothers (Joel & Ethan Coen)-”Inside Llewyn Davis”
- Bob Nelson-”Nebraska”
Projected winner: Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell-“American Hustle.” This category will probably tie with Best Director as the most unpredictable category of the night and every one of these nominees are worthy of winning but “American Hustle” was hands-down the most entertaining, elaborate, electric and well-written motion picture of the year.
Best Adapted Screenplay:
- Tracy Letts-“August: Osage County”
- Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke-“Before Midnight”
- Billy Ray-“Captain Phillips”
- Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope-“Philomena”
- John Ridley-“12 Years a Slave”
- Terrence Winter-“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Projected winner: John Ridley-“12 Years a Slave.” Steve McQueen’s powerhouse drama is based off the novel written by Solomon Northrup himself but John Ridley expertly adapted this story for the big screen and provided the foundation for one of the year’s most powerful dramas.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
- Scarlett Johansson-“Her”
- Jennifer Lawrence-“American Hustle”
- Lupita Nyong’o-“12 Years a Slave”
- Julia Roberts-“August: Osage County”
- June Squibb-“Nebraska”
- Oprah Winfrey-“Lee Daniel’s ‘The Butler'”
Projected winner: Lupita Nyong’o-“12 Years a Slave.” Lupita Nyong’o’s portrayal as the tortured slave Patsey has to go down as one of the best of the year. Her dedication to this character who endures brutal treatment at the hands of her owners is so profound, it towers over the rest of the nominees. She should be the lock to win this season.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
- Barkhad Abdi-“Captain Phillips”
- Daniel Brühl-“Rush”
- Bradley Cooper-“American Hustle”
- Michael Fassbender-“12 Years a Slave”
- James Gandolfini-“Enough Said”
- Jared Leto-“Dallas Buyers Club”
Projected winner: Jared Leto-“Dallas Buyers Club.” Who would have thought that the frontman to 30 Seconds to Mars would put on a dress and turn in an Oscar-caliber performance? Leto’s portrayal as the cross-dressing homosexual Rayon is simply awesome.
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
- Cate Blanchett-“Blue Jasmine”
- Sandra Bullock-“Gravity”
- Judi Dench-“Philomena”
- Brie Larson-“Short Term 12”
- Meryl Streep-“August: Osage County”
- Emma Thompson-“Saving Mr. Banks”
Projected winner: Meryl Streep-“August: Osage County.” Streep’s latest addition to her already prestigious resume is a widowed, cancer-surviving, drug-addicted matriarch to a very strained family that is loaded with drama. This is a category full of amazing leading ladies and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Streep stood above the rest.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
- Christian Bale-“American Hustle”
- Bruce Dern-“Nebraska”
- Chiwetel Ejiofor-“12 Years a Slave”
- Tom Hanks-“Captain Phillips”
- Matthew McConaghuey-“Dallas Buyers Club”
- Robert Redford-“All is Lost”
Projected winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor-“12 Years a Slave.” The best performance of the year has to go the man who brought life, depth and power to the role of Solomon Northrup. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivered the finest performance of his career and should be rewarded justly with a win in the Best Actor category this season.
- Alfonso Cuarón-“Gravity”
- Paul Greengrass-“Captain Phillips”
- Spike Jonze-“Her”
- Steve McQueen-“12 Years a Slave”
- David O. Russell-“American Hustle”
- Martin Scorsese-“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Projected winner: Spike Jonze-“Her.” If only this category could have a six-way tie. “Her” is a beautiful, delicate, innovative, intimate and pristine film and the vision of Spike Jonze is completely mesmerizing. Jonze is the architect of the year’s most visionary feature.
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- Saving Mr. Banks
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Wolf of Wall Street
Projected winner: “Her.” 2013 was a powerful year for motion pictures but “Her” leaves the audience spellbound, engaged and is the most impressionable film of the year.
Check back Thursday night to see how it all turns out!