KUSA - 9NEWS Oscar expert Rico Meyer makes his predictions:
Will - 12 Years a Slave
Should - 12 Years a Slave
Why? - 12 Years a Slave is an amazing piece of storytelling, documenting a horrible part of history in the USA. Director Steve McQueen, on a small budget, creates a larger than life film. All of the performances, whether large or small, are acted brilliantly. Even though this story runs over two hours, it moves well. I tend to think great movies are ones that evoke a reaction from the audience - this one clearly did. At times it's hard to watch - but this is good, because it reminds us of what really happened in real life. I was especially impressed by the cinematography.
Will - Alfonso Curon (Gravity)
Should - Alfonso Curon (Gravity)
Why? - Curon pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with Gravity - from the camera work, to special effects, to the story. He had us on the edge of our seat. He made a movie, with only two characters, exciting to watch. The shots of space are gorgeous. He gave us a movie that was meant to be seen in theaters. The flow of his editing and long track shots or brilliant - giving the audience a real life experience of solving problems. I was extremely impressed by what he's done.
Will - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Should - Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Why? - While McConaughey did an amazing job with his character (almost losing 50 lbs, shooting in only 25 days,) I think Leo did was great. He played to the camera well, he was funny, he was dramatic - he was great. I always appreciate actors who can bring out different emotions in people, and that's what he did. Again, this is just me, and I appreciate McConaughey's performance a lot - but I just saw a more evolved version of characters he's played before - DiCaprio took on something new - which is what he does in every movie he's in.
Will - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Should - Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Why? - Amy Adams made me laugh - the entire movie. That's something I think gets overlooked. Making a person laugh, truly, is very hard thing to do. In addition, the range of emotions she showed in her face were amazing - from frustrated, to sexy, to scared, to love - I'll remember her entire performance in American Hustle. I won't remember Cate Blanchett's. But that's just me.
Best Supporting Actor
Will - Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Should - Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Why? - Michael Fassbender was terrifying. Simple as that. Every time he stepped on screen, you could feel the audience tense up. His performance was mesmerizing. Memorable characters - that's what does it for me, and when I think of 12 Years a Slave - I think of Michael Fassbender.
Best Supporting Actress
Will - Lupita Nyong'o
Should - Either Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong'o deserve it.
Why? - I realize I'm supporting two people here, but they both crushed their performances. Jennifer Lawrence had me dying of laughter the whole movie. Lupita Nyong'o had me feeling horrible for the pain her character endured. Both brought their A game in two different ways. If I had to choose - I go with Lupita. For her first big role, she acted like a veteran. Jennifer Lawrence will be back, this is Lupita's turn.