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DOPE Digest Special Edition: 2014 Oscars Editors’ Picks

> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

For film buffs, this Sunday is the Super Bowl. Sure, any movie freak worth his salt will tell you that Oscars aren’t everything. Even still, it’s undeniable that the Academy Awards ceremony, for all its problems and drawbacks, still commands significant pop-cultural prestige and significance. Yes, they mean nothing. But they also mean everything.

Some of us even measure time in Oscars. Having trouble picturing 1999? That was the year American Beauty cleaned up. 1977?  Woody Allen vanquished George Lucas.  1940? Rebecca was the first and only Hitchcock film to win Best Picture.

So what will 2013 be? Therein lies the question. The 86th Academy Awards is this Sunday, and it’s time for us to weigh in.

A lot of websites and commentators lay out their picks using a “Will Win/Should Win” or “Favorite/Dark Horse” format. But that’s of course cheating. It’s just a convenient way of making two picks, when everyone knows there can be only one.

We’re not going to do that. The picks below refer to a kind of pained reconciliation between what we think will happen and what we want to happen. Some of our picks are deliberately bold; some less so. Some of our predictions line up nicely with our own personal tastes; some do not.

You can think of these picks as optimistic predictions: conclusions reached by weighing our subjective aesthetic perceptions against the realities of Academy politicking, popular appeal, and good old fashioned buzz.

For dense, meandering, and thoroughly entertaining analysis of each individual category, don’t miss our post-show podcast next week. We’ll be going in. You won’t be disappointed.

But for now, these are just our straightforward picks. So without further ado, here are our learned choices:


Best Picture

syvo: Gravity

Braden: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director

syvo: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Braden: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Male Actor

syvo: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Braden: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Female Actor

syvo: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine 

Braden: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine 

Best Supporting Male Actor

syvo: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Braden: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Female Actor

syvo: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Braden: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay

syvo: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle

Braden: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Adapted Screenplay

syvo: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Braden: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Cinematography

syvo: Gravity

Braden: Gravity

Best Visual Effects

syvo: Gravity

Braden: Gravity

Best Film Editing

syvo: Gravity

Braden: Gravity

Best Animated Feature

syvo: Frozen

Braden: Frozen

Best Animated Short

syvo: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, Get a Horse! 

Braden: Lauren Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Mr. Hublot

Best Foreign Language Film

syvo: The Great Beauty 

Braden: The Great Beauty

Best Live Action Short

syvo: The Voorman Problem 

Braden: Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Best Costume Design

syvo: Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle 

Braden: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

syvo:  Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club

Braden: Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Best Documentary Feature

syvo:Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, The Act of Killing

Braden: Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, The Act of Killing

Best Documentary Short Subject

syvo: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Braden: Jeffrey Karoff, CaveDigger

Best Music (Original Score)

syvo: Steven Price, Gravity

Braden: William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her

Best Music (Original Song)

syvo: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let It Go”  (Frozen) 

Braden: Pharrell Williams, “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

Best Sound Editing

syvo: Gravity

Braden: Gravity

Best Sound Mix

syvo: Gravity

Braden: Gravity

Best Production Design

syvo: Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn, The Great Gatsby 

Braden: K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena, Her



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