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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

If I picked the Oscar nominations . . .

Last weekend, the three New York Times movie critics made up Oscar ballots of their own; as we head into next week’s Academy Awards nominations, I thought I’d join them. These aren’t predictions; just my favorites listed alphabetically, some of which the Academy is likely to overlook. Ah well. What would your ballot say?

Best Picture (I’m going to follow the NYT critics’ example and list only five, though the Academy can go up to ten)

  • “12 Years a Slave”
  • “Gravity”
  • “Her”
  • “Philomena”
  • “Stories We Tell”

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
  • Stephen Frears, “Philomena”
  • Spike Jonze, “Her”
  • Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
  • Sarah Polley, “Stories We Tell”

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
  • Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
  • Hugh Jackman, “Prisoners”
  • Mads Mikkelson, “The Hunt”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
  • Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
  • Judi Dench, “Philomena”
  • Julianne Moore, “What Maisie Knew”
  • Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave
  • Will Forte, “Nebraska”
  • James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
  • Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
  • Sam Rockwell, “The Way, Way Back”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
  • Scarlett Johansson, “Her”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
  • Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave
  • Octavia Spencer, “Fruitvale Station”

Best Original Screenplay

  • J. C. Chandor, “All Is Lost”
  • Nicole Holofcener, “Enough Said”
  • Spike Jonze, “Her”
  • Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
  • Sarah Polley, “Stories We Tell”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
  • Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright, “What Maisie Knew”
  • Richard LInklaer, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”
  • Baz Luhrman and Craig Pierce, “The Great Gatsby”
  • Joss Whedon, “Much Ado About Nothing”



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