The 2014 Oscars: Who Will Win?

The 86th annual Academy Awards will be held on March 2nd at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. It will be broadcasted on ABC starting at 7 p.m.

Ellen DeGeneres returns to host the Oscars for a second time. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. (Andrew Eccles/Courtesy ABC/MCT)

The Oscar nominations have been out for quite some time and many people have been making predictions on which actors/actresses and movies will be taking home an Oscar. It is fun for movies fans to both speculate on who will win and see who the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences give the top awards to.

The Oscar for Best Picture is the most prestigious accolade that any movie can receive. It is the one category that is always hotly debated preceding the show. This years nominees are: “American Hustle”, “Captain Phillips”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Gravity”, “Her”, “Nebraska”, “Philomena”, “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” My gut feeling is that “12 Years a Slave” will take the top Oscar but “The Wolf of Wall Street” would be the second most likely to win the award.

Historical biopics tend to fall into the high favor of the Academy voters and that’s why I think “12 Years a Slave” will win the award. The category for Best Picture of the Year can be a very unpredictable one, so don’t count any of the aforementioned films out because we could end up being very surprised.

Best Actor in a Leading Role is the one Oscar any film actor dreams to have and the award defines the careers of the actors who have received them. This year’s nominees are Christian Bale (“American Hustle”), Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”). It would be easy to say that Ejiofor will win the Oscar for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave”, but I truly feel that DiCaprio will finally win his long-deserved Oscar.

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Cate Blanchette (“Blue Jasmine”), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Judi Dench (“Philomena”) and Meryl Streep (“Osage County”). I think Amy Adams will beat out the more seasoned veteran actresses here due to the fact she is the only nominee here that has to win and this will establish her as one of the top Hollywood actresses.

For Best Actor in a Supporting Role, I predict Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) to win. For Best Actress in a Supporting Role, I expect Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) to take home her second Oscar. Disney’s “Frozen” is almost a shoe-in to win best Animated Feature Film. Irish rock band U2’s “Ordinary Love” is likely to win Best Original Song (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”).

There are several other categories that I won’t be able to get to here, but the less prestigious the awards, the more predictable the winners are. That’s not to say they aren’t as important, but the real fun in making Oscar predictions is looking at the top nomination categories and speculating from there. At the end of the day, it’s all just speculation and we’ll just have to wait and see who the winners will be.

The 2014 class portrait at the 86th Annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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