This Sunday's Oscars are the pinnacle of award show season, complete with the red carpet, dazzling designer gowns and this year's most popular
celebrities. Among the questions that will be asked, such as "Who are you wearing?" and "Can Ellen Degeneres pull off her second hosting gig?", is the most pressing of them all, "Who will take home the Oscar?" Here are some predictions:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Out of the 10 films nominated in this category, only three have a realistic chance of winning the coveted Best Picture award. Steve McQueen's 12 Years is hailed as the most "important" film, a tale of American slavery told through the eyes of a slave himself. However, the heart-stopping visuals in Gravity may give it the necessary edge over the historical drama. American Hustle is one of the most popular movies this year, with 10 Oscar nominations total, but it trails behind the other two in terms of Best Picture winning power.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
The academy is known for its penchant for exceptional special effects directing, as indicated by Ang Lee's 2013 win for Life of Pi. The thrilling visual maneuvering by Cuaron is enough to beat Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey, who lost 40 pounds to play the role of an AIDs patient, proves that he's not only confined to depicting tan, romantic comedy hunk types in films. And as much as the Internet loves Leo, their popular support won't be enough to get DiCaprio his first Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
This is almost a no-brainer, as Blanchett had been the overwhelming top choice from the beginning for her role as the crisis-facing socialite wife in Woody Allen's latest film. Amy Adams gave a strong performance in American Hustle, but it won't be enough to beat out Blanchett.
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto's role as a transgender AIDs patient has already won him many awards this year, and the Best Supporting Actor award is almost undeniably his.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
As a Hollywood newcomer, Nyong'o has taken awards season by storm, with many praising her heart wrenching performance as the slave Patsey, as well as her fantastic red carpet gown choices. Her only competitor may be Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle. Lawrence, who won Best Actress last year for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, has a slimmer chance of getting the Oscar, as back-to-back wins are rare. But her role as the volatile and hilarious housewife in American Hustle may grant her the honor of being 23 years old with two Oscars.
Tune in tonight at 7e/4p on ABC to find out if our predictions were correct for the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards!