If In Contention readers had a ballot...
Over the last week and a half we've asked In Contention readers for their preference in each of the Academy's 24 Oscar categories in our daily Oscars Lowdown features. The results are in and, like a number of people and organizations this year, our readership had a tough time deciding between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" for top honors. In the end, Steve McQueen's film was voted Best Picture by those who participated, while Alfonso Cuarón was the preference in Best Director.
If In Contention readers had their druthers Sunday evening, Cuarón's film would walk away with five Oscars total, for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects in addition to Best Director, while they'd give just one other trophy to "12 Years a Slave": Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
Looking across the spread, the interesting results came in Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio rather than frontrunners Matthew McConaughey or Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Adapted Screenplay (a rather surprising show of support for "Philomena") and Best Original Song (Pharrell's "Happy" holding off Disney's "Frozen" track "Let It Go" and u2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom").
And we're here to tell you: Best Film Editing and Best Production Design nearly ended in ties. It's just that tight a year all around.
Check out the results below to see what our readers would like to see happen tonight, and tune in to the Oscars telecast (as if you weren't going to?) to see how their taste aligns with the Academy's.
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"
Best Director: "Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Adapted Screenplay: "Philomena"
Best Original Screenplay: "Her"
Best Cinematography: "Gravity"
Best Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Best Film Editing: "Captain Phillips"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Music (Original Score): "Her"
Best Music (Original Song): "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2"
Best Production Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Best Sound Editing: "Gravity"
Best Sound Mixing: "Gravity"
Best Visual Effects: "Gravity"
Best Animated Feature Film: "Frozen"
Best Documentary Feature: "The Act of Killing"
Best Documentary Short: "The Lady in Number 6: Music Changed my Life"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Best Short Film (Live Action): "Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Best Short Film (Animated): "Feral"
1968 | Adventure | GSummary: An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.Director: Ken Hughes
Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe
1999 | Comedy | RSummary: A high school teacher’s resentment towards a young overachiever leads them both into murky waters during the student council eletctions. Matthew Broderick is just right as the teacher, and Reese Witherspoon got her first star turn as the go-getter student Tracy Flick.Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.Director: Martha Coolidge
Cast: Sammi Hanratty, Austin Thomas, Michael Learned, Adair Tishler
2014 | Horror | NRSummary: A troubled young woman returns to her family home to serve under house arrest, and begins to belive the house is haunted.Director: Gerard Johnstone
Cast: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
1957 | Thriller | NRSummary: Lean and mean Mike Hammer story in which Mickey Spillane’s private detective seeks to avenge the death of a young woman, leading him to stumble across gang fights and a Nazi treasure hoard.Director: Phil Victor, George White
Cast: Robert Bray, Whitney Blake, Patricia Donahue
2011 | Comedy | NRSummary: Wickedly funny show about three friends who are roommates and also co-workers at a mind-numbing telemarketing job.Director: Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm,Kyle Newacheck, Connor Pritchard, Dominic Russo (creators)
Cast: Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm
1985 | Horror | RSummary: Two horror movie-loving friends find their adolescent lives turned upside down when a vampire moves into their suburban neighborhood.Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
2006 | Drama | NRSummary: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg
1997 | Action | RSummary: Odd comedy about a contract killer played by John Cusack who tries to balance completing a job with rekindling an old romance while home for his high school reunion.Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
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