I came pretty darn close here. In fact, my only miss was predicting 10, including Saving Mr. Banks; the Academy only chose nine. Kudos to me for correctly calling Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena. From the second I saw the film at TIFF, I knew it would make its way into this category.
I was four for five here, expecting the undeserving but highly respected Greengrass would make the cut over Alexander Payne. What a strong category this was. (After seeing Inside Llewyn Davis, I’m particularly disappointed to see the Coens miss out.)
Three for five. I predicted Redford — how did he not get nominated?! — and Hanks. I’m very surprised to see Bale here, although I loved the performance. DiCaprio is a great selection. He might even win.
Like most of the world, I expected Emma Thompson to get nominated, but Streep is never a shock. Four for five.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
I’m excited to see Cooper and Hill here, but thought they would get aced out by Hanks and Gandolfini. It would have been nice to see the latter receive a posthumous nod.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins! Great news. But it meant I went four of five, since Oprah missed out.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
How, how, how did the Coen Bros. fail to receive at least a screenplay nomination? A stunner. Dallas Buyers Club made the list instead; four for five yet again.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Finally! Five for five.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
This is always a tough category to predict, so I am happy with four of five. I thought Harvey Weinstein would push The Grandmaster to a nom here, but Cambodia’s The Missing Picture is on the list instead.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Well, this was my worst showing, with only two correct. I had The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, and Dirty Wars on my second-tier list, but all three made it here, nudging out Stories We Tell (which is a bummer), Blackfish, and Tim’s Vermeer. The buzz on the latter makes its omission a surprise, for sure.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
I ended things respectably with a four. Somewhat surprisingly, Pixar’s Monsters University missed out, with Ernest & Celestine taking its place. Now I have to track that one down …
TOTAL: I finished up with 46 correct out of 60, which I am pretty pleased with. We’ll see how I do with the winners in a few weeks …