BY: SHANE NEWELL
It's a tough race for the Oscars this year, with snubs and neck-to-neck competition leading up to tomorrow's award ceremony. It's time to whip out the ballot and predict who's going to take home the Oscars.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" It's about time that McConaughey picks up an Oscar for his riveting performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." Over the past few years, McConaughey has showcased his talent in excellent performances in films like "Mud," "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "Killer Joe." His performance in "Dallas Buyers Club," however, was something on a whole new level. To dedicate himself to such an incredible role and do it in such a way that captivated audiences is enough proof that McConaughey is one of the first actors in Hollywood.
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" Bullock's performance in "Gravity" was one of the finest female acting performances of the past few years. Bullock brought emotional weight to a character that had been shook to the core after losing her daughter. The audience feels for Bullock in her transformation throughout the film. It's the intangibles that Bullock brings to the role that makes her the best candidate for the Oscar.
Best Picture: "American Hustle" No Best Picture Oscar-nominated film is perfect, but "American Hustle" is damn close. Featuring an impressive cast, riveting script and excellent direction, "American Hustle" possesses many intangibles that fellow nominees do not. At the heart of it, though, "American Hustle" contains a magic that can hardly be defined. It should win because of the feeling it gives you after leaving the theater.
Best Director: "Gravity" - Alfonso Cuarón No other director on the list did as fine a job as Cuarón. "Gravity" revolutionized the way people conceive movies set in space. Cuarón used special effects to his advantage to make the film a truly unique viewing experience.
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi - "Captain Phillips" In his first ever film, Abdi dominated the screen as a Somali pirate. One of his greatest contributions to "Captain Phillips" was the conviction he brought. Abdi is believable in every sense of the word.
Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lawrence "American Hustle" Lawrence should bring home the Oscar gold once again this year. With an incredible supporting performance in "American Hustle," Lawrence has established that she is one of the best actresses in Hollywood. In her role, she brings vitality, humor and an underlying sense of wisdom that fellow competitors cannot match.
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