And the Oscar goes to ….
Those are five famous words that may be almost as popular as “Who are you wearing?”
Both phrases will surely be heard in abundance as the stars celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night this evening at the 86th Academy Awards.
Ellen DeGeneres will host this year’s show, marking the comedian and talk show host’s second time at the helm.
This year’s nominations were full of snubs and surprises, and the debate of who should have won will undoubtedly continue at least until the next awards season rolls around.
But, at any rate, we’re kicking up our heels, and making our predictions.
Based on results from this year’s Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and general word on the Oscar street, we’ve made our predictions of those who are most likely to be the ones carrying that little golden statue at the post-show after parties.
The festivities begin tonight at 7 p.m., live on ABC.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Wind Rises”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
Prediction: It’s hard to imagine any film but Disney’s new classic, “Frozen,” taking home the win.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
“Happy,” “Despicable Me 2”
“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“The Moon Song,” “Her”
Prediction: “Let It Go,” from “Frozen.” The Disney film’s trademark anthem is both musically-sound and inspiring, a winning combination. However, “Ordinary Love” could be the upset. If DeGeneres bombs as host, at least we know some of the night’s entertainment can be salvaged with performers Idina Menzel, Pharrell Williams and U2 performing the nominated songs.
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Prediction: There are some big names battling it out in this category, but we predict that Cuarón will slip in as the winner for his “out of this world” direction of “Gravity.” He also won the Golden Globe.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Prediction: This could go either way. Lawrence is an Oscar darling - this is her third nomination, and she won the Oscar for Best Actress last year. But Nyong’o is a breakout star in “12 Years a Slave,” and won the actor-voted Screen Actors Guild Award. Lawrence won the Golden Globe, which is often a more accurate prediction of Oscar winners, but some question whether the Academy will want to award the 23-year-old two Oscars in two years.
A big surprise in this category was that Oprah did not receive a nomination for her role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Prediction: It would be a shock if anyone won besides Jared Leto. He’s made a clean sweep in the awards shows so far, and the Academy Awards are notorious for awarding actors who undergo physical transformation in film. In his role as an HIV-positive transgendered woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” you can’t get much more transformed than that.
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Prediction: Looks like Cate Blanchett, who won the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Golden Globe. Personally, Sandra Bullock is always a favorite, and we would love to see Amy Adams finally rewarded — this is her fifth Academy Award nomination. The Golden Globes splits Best Actress awards between drama and comedy/musical, so Adams also received a Golden Globe for her role, but Blanchett still has the upper hand in the Oscar’s format of an all-inclusive category.
Movie-goers were surprised that Emma Thompson did not receive a nomination for her role as PL Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, in the film “Saving Mr. Banks.” Perhaps not so surprising was that Meryl Streep received her 18th nomination, making her the record holder for most-nominated actor for an Academy Award.
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Prediction: McConaghey, all the way. Almost as certain as Jared Leto’s win is that McConaghey will also be awarded Hollywood’s highest honor for critically-acclaimed role as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Like Leto, McConaghey has won every award prior to the Oscars, and we don’t see that changing tonight. Looks like DiCaprio will just have to wait until he’s nominated a fifth time before he finally wins.
Though Tom Hanks is the practically perfect quintessential Oscar actor, he surprisingly did not receive a nomination for his portrayal as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks” or for his title role in “Captain Phillips.”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Prediction: Unlike the past, which often puts seemingly-unheard films in this group, most of these films were popular in the box office, meaning this category is up in the air. “American Hustle is the only film that has actors nominated in all four major categories, but we predict that Oscar will go for “12 Years a Slave,” a film that note ably steers toward more serious fare.