Not long left till the “And the Oscar goes to…” which the Hollywood Academy pronounces when delivering its coveted statuettes. On Sunday March the 2nd, the gala celebrates its 86th anniversary, which is going to be remembered for putting the jury in one of the most difficult positions in the history of the awards. In fact, they must choose the Best Movie among nine films, each better than the last.

American Hustle (David O. Russell) and Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) with 10 nominations each are the favorites; then there is 12 years a Slave (Steve McQueen) with 9 nominations. Dallas Buyers Club (Kathryn Bigelow), despite having only 6 nominations, is another of the most applauded films. On the background there are the wonderful Nebraska (Alexander Payne) and Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass) both with 6 nominations; the blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese) and Her (Spike Jonze) with 5 nominations each; and finally Philomena (Stephen Frears) with 4.

It looks like Gravity will be the big winner. The movie is a masterpiece of science fiction, exciting and emotional at once and a film which also invites the audience to reflect on existence. It will be tough for American Hustle to beat a movie like this, because Gravity is enriched with visual and sound effects that leave the viewer breathless. An injustice for Russell and the marvelous cast, even if nobody could snatch from them the Award for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling (ubiquitous), neither the Award for the Best Costume Design (equally stunning). But also The GrandMaster (Wong Kar-wai) will fight really hard for this last Award and for another one, the Award for the Best Cinematography.

The names of Cate Blanchett as Best Actress for her role as deranged in Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey as Best Actor for his Ron Woodroof (Dallas Buyers Club) also seem to be sure bets. The veteran Bruce Dern could be a real surprise and steal the Best Actor Award with his tender and intelligent interpretation of the naive old alcoholic Woody Grant (Nebraska).

Regarding supporting actors, it seems that Lupita Nyong’o (12 years a Slave) would win the Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming this year’s sensational new star. For the male category, only Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) could overshadow Jared Leto’s performance (Dallas Buyers Club).

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