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Double Gobble Oscar Picks

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Here we go, Double Gobblers- we can’t believe that The Oscars are almost here! While we didn’t have the chance to see all of the shorts, we did see a good chunk of the films nominated this year. Below you will find our Oscar picks. For the bigger categories, we decided to pick the films that we want to win (From the Heart) and also the films we think The Academy is likely to choose (From the Head). We only included the categories that we have seen or have extensive knowledge in. Feel free to leave your own picks below!

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Kristy’s Picks

Best Picture

From the Heart: 12 Years A Slave- I loved this film and I think that time will prove it to be one of the best films in American cinema. The acting is superb, the writing is fantastic, and if The Academy is going for true emotion and grit, they will pick this one.

From the Head: American Hustle – This film has it all; an all-star cast, great direction, a suspenseful storyline, and a steady momentum at the box office. While it’s not my personal favorite, I think The Academy will reward this film for it’s originality.

Best Actor

From the Heart: Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves this and I will honestly be upset if anyone else wins out over him.

From the Head: Public opinion can have a strong influence over any person or group, and The Academy is no exception. For this reason, I think that Leonardo DiCaprio might actually get that golden statue- not because he deserves it for this particular role, but because the internet has decided it is time for him to win.

Best Actress

From the Heart: I am unhappy with the situation that has come to light regarding Woody Allen, but I do believe that Cate Blanchett has the strongest performance out of this group.

From the Head: There are quite a few award show darlings in this category, and it is tough to decide where The Academy will go with this one. If American Hustle wins Best Picture, it might end up being Amy Adams’ time to shine.

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Grand Hotel- Best Picture WInner: 1932

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The Basics – Grand Hotel (1932) – Director, Edmund Goulding; starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford; Run Time – 112 mins. – Drama, Romance 

Prior Knowledge

Kristy – Once again, I know pretty much nothing about this classic flick. The lineup of stars is obviously stellar, though, so I am looking forward to the acting in this one.

Koob – Once again, I actually saw this movie around 15 or so years ago and don’t remember much about it other then that it’s about a bunch of lives and loves intersecting at a very glamorous hotel.  I think I also remember there being some comic relief even though it is listed as mainly a drama and a romance.  And of course it has the classic Greta Garbo line, “I vant to be alone.”

Fun Facts from IMDB

-There are no scenes where Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford are in the same frame. This was done to eliminate the possibility that one of the two great stars might upstage the other.

Joan Crawford was irked by Greta Garbo‘s insistence on top billing and decided to take her revenge. Knowing that Garbo loathed tardiness and Marlene Dietrich in equal measures, Crawford played Dietrich records between shots and made sure to arrive late on set.

-The only Best Picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.

-The original MGM Grand in Las Vegas (where Bally’s now stands) was built to resemble the design of this film.

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List of the 2014 Oscar Nominations

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Alright Double Gobblers, here we go! The 2014 Academy Award Nominations are:

Best Picture

“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years A Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Click Below for Full List of Major Nominations

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Cimarron- Best Picture Winner: 1931

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The Basics – Cimarron (1931) – Director, Wesley Ruggles; starring Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor; Run Time – 123 mins. – Drama, Western

Prior Knowledge

Koob- I actually saw this movie around 15 years ago but I don’t remember much about it.  I just remember that it is about a family during the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Kristy- I am aware that it is a Western, and I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Western’s in general. That being said, the above poster image is by far the best we have seen, and gives me some hope that the film will indeed be “as terrific as all creation” (whatever that means).

Fun Facts from IMDB

– According to Anthony Holden’s book “Behind the Oscar” (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), R.K.O. lost $5.5 million (approximately $58 million in 2003 dollars, when factoring in inflation) on the movie despite its winning a Best Picture Academy Award. Its initial financial failure was blamed on its being released during one of the darkest periods of the Great Depression
-The first film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture.
-It would be another 59 years before a Western would win the Academy Award for Best Picture again when Dances with Wolves (1990) took the main prize.

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