As I did last year, these would be my votes (which film or candidate, given the universe of the nominees, I believe should win), not who I think will win. (That post will come later.) I’m not giving my vote unless I’ve seen most nominees in a given category, and I’ll update this post if I’m able (or willing) to change my vote.
The Best Picture award, unlike the others, is voted in a preferential ballot; therefore, all the nominees are ranked.
Without further ado!
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger for Gravity
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby
Best Production Design: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn for The Great Gatsby
Best Sound Mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro for Gravity
Best Sound Editing: Glenn Freemantle for Gravity
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary Feature: NA
Best Documentary Short: NA
Best Musical Score: Will Butler, Owen Pallett for Her
Best Original Song: Karen O and Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song” from Her
Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises
Best Visual Effects: Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould for Gravity
Best Animated Short Film: NA
Best Live Action Short Film: NA
Best Foreign Language Film: NA
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best Picture: Gravity
This is probably one of my last chances to repeat how great 2013 was for film, and I’ll take it gladly. Unlike most years, this time, even thought I have favorites, I can’t hardly begrudge if the award goes to another nominee for most of the categories.
Looking down my list, the nearly flawless execution of Gravity calls for that film many rewards. I was impressed when I saw it many months ago and I remain so. It’s almost sad that there isn’t a way to celebrate some of those films more; ties would be most welcome, but since that’s highly unlikely, it’s important to remember that, awarded or not, the greatness of those films (and many others; feel free to (re-)read about my favorites of 2013 here) will remain unchanged after the Oscars are handed out.