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"Gravity", "12 Years a Slave" top contenders for Oscar Best Picture

01-04-2014 09:13 BJT

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The new year is bringing a fresh crop of Oscar hopefuls, and competition looks like it will be high when the 2014 nominations are announced mid-January. With voting for this year’s Oscars having just begun, we get the scoop from a top film critic about the frontrunners of the line-up.

Voting began last Friday for 2014’s Academy Award nominees. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have until January 8th to cast secret ballots for their favorite films from the past year.

The Academy announced that 289 feature films are eligible for best-picture consideration.

The new year is bringing a fresh crop of Oscar hopefuls, and competition looks like it will be
high when the 2014 nominations are announced mid-January.

"Awards season this year is going to be extremely competitive. I think the front-runner, certainly in the technical categories, is Gravity. I think if anything else wins any of the technical Oscars there will be some kind of riot in the studio but it’s got really strong competition when you get into the sort of dramatic and the acting categories from films like ’Captain Phillips,’ ’Saving Mr. Banks,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ is an astonishing film, there’s just some great, great stuff out there and we haven’t even see all of the films yet here in the U.K. - things like ’American Hustle’ are yet to open here and they’re going to be in the conversation as well." Helen O´Hara, Deputy Online Editor of Empire Magazine said.

As well as actors such as Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, O’Hara feels there could be space for a few older nominees too.

"I think Judi Dench is probably going to be in there for ’Philomena’ because that’s a wonderful performance in a really heart-warming film and then you’ve also got Bruce Dern who will probably be nominated for ’Nebraska.’" Helen O´Hara said.

O’Hara also picks out another older actor as a "dark horse" - Robert Redford for "All Is Lost."

And as for newcomers to the Oscars, O’Hara reveals her "ones to watch."

The new year is bringing a fresh crop of Oscar hopefuls, and
competition looks like it will be high when the 2014 nominations
are announced mid-January.

"Well I think in terms of moving up in star power this year, I think Brie Larson is one name to remember. She starred in a tiny little film called ’Short Term 12’ but it’s an absolutely brilliant performance and I think it’s one of those things where a lot of big name directors are going to look at it, they’re going to see her and they’re going to cast her in their films coming up. The other person I think to watch out for is Daniel Bruhl who has been kind of there for a while. He was in ’Good Bye Lenin!’ a few years ago but ’Rush’ this year got him universal praise. It will probably get him a best supporting actor nod and that I think has really raised his star power quite a bit." Helen O´Hara said.

The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced on January 16th. Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony, when the Oscars are presented on March 2nd.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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