The Oscars: Who I Want to Win This Year

2 Mar

Before you indulge in the Oscars like I did, I hope you’ll take the time to read my latest interview. When Jera’s Jamboree asked me where I get inspiration for my novels, I wasn’t sure what I would say, but I am glad she asked. Yes, at 22, I still have night terrors as well as nightmares that are difficult to differentiate from reality, but I also tackled social barriers in this interview. Please read it by clicking here

Last year, I confessed that my favorite awards show is the Oscars, and I shared who I wanted to win. This year, I am doing the same thing, and I would love to hear who you are rooting for! The ones I completely bolded are the  ones I feel the strongest about.

Best Picture: I predict that 12 Years a Slave will win, but I personally loved American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street so much that I cannot chose between them.


Actor in Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street. Not only does he already deserve an Oscar, he did an amazing job in this movie. His range was unbelievable. 

Actress in Leading Role: Amy Adams in American Hustle. Although I truly enjoyed Meryl Streep’s performance in August: Osage County, I feel like Adams rocked this role beyond any expectations people had for her.

Actor in Supporting Role: Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. I thought he showed serious skill in this roll since he normally does comedies.

Actress in Supporting Role: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. That being said, I found Lupita Nyong’o was really talented in 12 Years a Slave. I thought she played a very difficult role very well. It’s just extremely difficult to look at two, very different roles.

Animated Feature Film: Frozen. I don’t even feel like it needs an explanation. If you haven’t imagesalready seen this movie, go watch it now. It’s beautiful.

Cinematography: Gravity – which I feel like went (sadly) unnoticed.

Costume Design: The Great Gatsby. I think everyone remembers those costumes. They were beautifully done.

Directing: Gravity – again, I feel like it deserves attention.

Film Editing: Gravity – I saw some of the behind the scenes, and it’s absolutely amazing how much which into this movie.

Makeup and HairstylingThe Lone Ranger – Honestly, I didn’t see the other two (Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa) but I still think the makeup was pretty neat in this remake, and I liked that Tonto finally got to say something.

Music: Although it’s difficult to remember the soundtracks of these films, I recall Gravity the most.

Music “Original Song” – Let It Go from Frozen. It’s safe to say this song went viral for a reason.

Production Design: The Great Gatsby – the scenes were like the clothes, carefully constructed and lively.

Visual Effects: Gravity. The trailer alone blew me away.

Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Philomena: I don’t know what will win this category, but Philomena’s story is so sad and also very true for many women. I feel like it is a very important movie that many overlooked.

Writing: Original Screenplay: American Hustle or Her: I would just say American Hustle, but I also think Her has some relevance in the world today. I just watched a documentary about Japanese men dating their cell phones instead of their wives.

Topics I’m not voting on (because I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough of the movies.)

oscars-2013-3Foreign Language Film

Documentary Feature

Documentary Short Subject

Short Film Animated

Short Film Live Action

Topics I’m not voting on (because I don’t know that much about it):

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

What do you think? Who are you cheering on tonight? 


26 Responses to “The Oscars: Who I Want to Win This Year”

  1. Rebecca Meyer March 2, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Frozen was so great! I hope it wins for Animated Feature. Did you see Dallas Buyers Club? Matthew McConaughey was unbelievable. But I would love to see Leo win an Oscar! 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 1:13 am #

      I didn’t see it! I heard that McConaughey is expected to win though, so it must be great. I plan to see it soon. Have you seen his new show, True Detective? It’s amazing.

      • Rebecca Meyer March 2, 2014 at 1:15 am #

        I haven’t seen the show, but it looks great! Yes, I just watched Dallas Buyers Club today, and his performance was amazing. It was such a transformation.

  2. Gabriella March 2, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    If the Academy Awards goes anything like the BAFTAs did then we’ll see Gravity win best cinematography, original music and best director! I would love to see Cate Blanchett win best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      I need to see Blue Jasmine. I heard her performance was amazing.

  3. Tuan Ho March 2, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    I’m tuning into watch my idol Alfonso Cuaron take home the directing Oscar for Gravity. Because of all the success Gravity has achieved, I feel like a proud parent. I’ve waited for that movie since the day it was announced some 4-5 years ago.

    And while I’m here, I’ll make a prediction.

    Interstellar by Christopher Nolan will be nominated for a shitload of Oscars next year. I read the script for it a month ago and IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!


    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      I hope he takes the Oscar for directing, too! Thank you for all the information. I will surely be on the look out for Interstellar.

  4. juliansaba March 2, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    I like Gravity

  5. juliansaba March 2, 2014 at 4:41 am #

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  6. jennyinneverland March 2, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Wow I agree with pretty much everything you just said! I would LOVE Leo to win best actor – as I’m sure most of the female population would after The Wolf of Wall Street haha. He SO deserves that award – his best performance yet!
    As for best picture, I also think 12 Years will win but I hope it’s either Wolf of Wall Street or Captain Phillips.
    I didn’t enjoy American Hustle that much but Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams definitely deserve awards for their roles because they’re both incredible actresses xx

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Yeah. I had a lot of the same feelings. You want to show who you want to win, but they often contradict who we think will actually win.

  7. horrorfanatic95 March 2, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    I think for original song u2 will win for ordinary love.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Oh! I need to be more familiar with that song. Going to listen now.

  8. Charles Yallowitz March 2, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I’ll root for any of them who come to shovel the driveway during the snowstorm. 😀 Seriously though, I haven’t been paying attention. Saw none of the movies that are up for awards and feel so left out. I agree with you on Dicaprio though.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      HAHAH! Oh, I’m in the same boat! We got a snowstorm just last night. We’re not moving anytime soon.

      • Charles Yallowitz March 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

        They keep shrinking the storm, so I’m hoping by the morning it’s one flake that falls in the park that nobody is around to see.

  9. christievmud March 2, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Great blog! Glad I stumbled upon it. I can’t wait for tonight’s Oscars, I’ll be watching from England so I’ll be staying up through the night to watch it. As much as I really want to see Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Oscar I think Matthew McConaughey is going to walk away with it — he was incredible in Dallas Buyers Club! But who knows? I think Jennifer Lawrence is a sure winner, thought. Great post.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog! I agree. I think Matthew McConaughey will win it. I just win Leo would be awarded something by now. I haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club though, but I have seen True Detective. McConaughey is making a stellar comeback.

  10. The Animation Commendation March 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Great list! We agree on some picks. I recently put my list of predictions on my blog. You can check it out if you’d like.

  11. Harliqueen March 3, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Poor Leo, he missed out yet again! Didn’t see the Oscars, but sounds like awards were given to the expected ones to win. I usually just watch it for the dresses! 😀

  12. Mike March 4, 2014 at 2:02 am #

    Did Sandra’s spacesuit win best costume?


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