Can anyone stop Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett?
Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor
Expected winner: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Our upset pick: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Why: Look, Matthew McConaughey's "McConaissance" has been wonderful to experience and I won't at all begrudge him the Oscar he's likely to win this weekend. He deserves it. But if I'm honest, my favorite performance of the lot comes from Leonardo DiCaprio, who came very close to delivering his career-best work in "The Wolf of Wall Street." It's a hugely committed piece of work, a possessed one, even, with tons of physicality. He becomes the very id of Jordan Belfort and it's a sight to behold for three hours.
- Kristopher Tapley