Let that sink in. The Oscars are almost here. It's really only as long away as a baboon's gestation period, as any third-grader knows.
The Oscars are the best thing about American pop culture. I predict the Best Picture nominees every year; it's the least I could do. My prediction skills though ... I get mixed results. Here are my Oscars 2013 predictions. This time last year, I predicted correctly just 5 of the 9 ultimate Best Picture nominees. :( Or, to look at it another way, way back in August I amazingly predicted 5 of 9 Best Picture nominees!
This year is particularly tough, because I can easily get to 30 films I think have a good shot at being nominated. Note: most of these films haven't been released, even at film festivals, so no one has seen them. Many of them don't even have trailers yet. My prediction formula is: who directed the film, who is in it, what's it about, and how does the Academy generally feel about movies that have that mix of variables?
The real list of Best Picture nominees will number somewhere between 5 and 10. I've gone 10 strong, just in case.
2014 Academy Awards Best Picture Predictions 1.0 (in order of release date)
Fruitvale Station (Already released, Flyer review here)
The Butler (Already released, Flyer review here)
August: Osage County (November)
The Wolf of Wall Street (November)
American Hustle (December)
The Monuments Men (December)
Saving Mr. Banks (December)
Inside Llewyn Davis (December)
12 Years a Slave (December)
Here are another 20 films to consider, also in order of release date (subject to change). Together, these 30 films represent what I believe will be most though not every major category nomination, not counting Best Foreign Language Picture and Best Documentary.
The real nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014, though you could hibernate til March, because I've already spoiled for you what films will be nominated.
The great Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Academy Awards, her second time to do so (2007). The show will air on Sunday, March 2, 2014, on ABC.
Updated for grammar, 8/20/13 8:44 a.m.