REPOST: My Complete 2014 Oscar Predictions! 

The Oscar nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced but who will win and who should win? In a banner year for great movies, 2013 gave us thought-provoking and entertaining experience at the cinema. On Oscar night, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” will take home the top prize but Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” will win all the technical awards including Best Director. Quite fitting since one provoked (“12 Years”) and the other entertained (“Gravity”).

And for those who know me, the Academy Awards is my Super Bowl! I’m a nerd when it comes to the Oscars! So I tried to predict the winners to help you with your Oscar pool.

And here's my complete and utterly fearless 2014 Oscar predictions:

Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey
SHOULD WIN: Matthew McConaughey

Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

WILL WIN: Jared Leto
SHOULD WIN: Jared Leto

Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

WILL WIN: Cate Blanchett
SHOULD WIN: Sandra Bullock

But I’ll be happy either way!

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

WILL WIN: Lupita Nyong’O
SHOULD WIN: Lupita Nyong’O

Animated Feature Film

“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

WILL WIN: “Frozen”
SHOULD WIN: “Frozen”


“The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

WILL WIN: “Gravity”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”
Simply the most beautiful movie of 2013

Costume Design

“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris

WILL WIN: “The Great Gatsby”
SHOULD WIN: “The Great Gatsby”


“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese

WILL WIN: “Gravity” Alfonso Cuaron
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity” Alfonso Cuaron

Documentary Feature

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined

WILL WIN: “The Act of Killing”
SHOULD WIN: “20 Feet from Stardom”

I love Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” and with its cinema background (the Indonesian death squad leaders reenact their killings as interpreted by their favorite movies), it may work with the Academy. But I also love “20 Feet from Stardom” which has been creating Oscar buzz since last summer.

Documentary Short Subject

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

WILL WIN: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
SHOULD WIN: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

One of the most inspiring and uplifting films from Academy-Award winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke who won the same category in 1988 for “You Don’t Have to Die.” A great sign!

Film Editing

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

WILL WIN: “Gravity”:
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Foreign Language Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

WILL WIN: “The Great Beauty”
SHOULD WIN: “The Broken Circle Breakdown”
Italy’s “The Great Beauty” already won Europe’s Oscars (European Film Awards) and deservingly so, but my heart belongs to Belgium’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

WILL WIN: “Dallas Buyers Club”
SHOULD WIN: “Dallas Buyers Club”

The Academy will not give this award to “Jackass!” Or will they?

Music (Original Score)

“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

WILL WIN: “Gravity”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Music (Original Song)

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

WILL WIN: “Let It Go” – are you still singing the “Frozen” song? Yeah? Well there you go!
SHOULD WIN: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” oh wait, it was not nominated (darn you Academy!), so my heart now belongs to “Let It Go.”

Best Picture

“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined

WILL WIN: “12 Years a Slave”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Production Design

“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

WILL WIN: “The Great Gatsby”
SHOULD WIN: “The Great Gatsby”

Short Film (Animated)

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

WILL WIN: “Get a Horse”
SHOULD WIN: “Get a Horse”

Short Film (Live Action)

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

WILL WIN: “The Voorman Problem”
SHOULD WIN: “The Voorman Problem”

Sound Editing

“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

WILL WIN: “Gravity”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Sound Mixing

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

WILL WIN: “Gravity”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Visual Effects

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

WILL WIN: “Gravity”
SHOULD WIN: “Gravity”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

WILL WIN: “12 Years a Slave”
SHOULD WIN: “Before Midnight” – Because I love the trilogy!

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

WILL WIN: “American Hustle”
SHOULD WIN: “Her” – Because the Academy largely ignored Spike Jonze’s masterpiece!

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Oscars Outrage! Top 10 Biggest Oscar Snubs in History! 

We all groaned when we heard that Robert Redford for “All is Lost” and Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” failed to get Oscar nominations. Not to mention both Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker for “The Butler,” or Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer for “Fruitvale Station.” They gave great performances but in a year full of wonderful portrayals, it’s hard to give all of them nods.

So what are the biggest Oscar snubs in history? Who were the actors who failed to get Academy Award nominations for their certain performances? I compiled, who I think, were robbed of Oscar gold, heck, even just a nomination!

Without further adieu, here’s my TOP 10 BIGGEST OSCAR SNUBS IN HISTORY!

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God Help Us All" -- Watch the Fantastic New "Godzilla" Trailer! 

Warner Bros. has released the brand new trailer for Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" and suddenly, I'm hooked! Listen, I saw the teaser, and the first trailer, but now, I can really say, I can't wait to see this new "Godzilla!" It took that long for me to forget the horrible "Godzilla" from 1998 given to us by Roland Emmerich.

But I have faith in Edwards who gave us the fantastic "Monsters" in 2010, his indie alien-invasion movie!

And judging from the trailer, it looks like Edwards pay homage to the original "Godzilla" as he catapults the monster toward contemporary times.

Starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe, "Godzilla" will stomp on theaters on May 16.

And I'll say it again -- I can't wait!

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See Benedict Cumberbatch On All Fours Voicing "Smaug!" 

In my humble opinion, Benedict Cumberbatch gave his best performance last year as the voice of Smaug the dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The actor gave the menacing character its much needed heart!

But now, if you want to see Cumberbatch on all fours, you can thank Peter Jackson and Weta Digital for fulfilling your dream! They released a featurette from the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the sequel and you can watch below!

The DVD and Blu-Ray of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrive on April 8.

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“3 Days to Kill” Movie Review 

Kevin Costner returns to the leading man role in the new action-thriller “3 Days to Kill” from producer and co-writer Luc Besson and director McG. Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen provide support as the family that grounds Costner’s character. But is the movie good or is this just another “Taken” wannabe? Take a look at my review:

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