The 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations: A Final Guess

In literally just hours, the world will finally hear the announcement of which lucky filmmakers and actors will get the highest honor of film in the Academy Award nominations. Although I haven’t kept up with this season as much as last season in terms of guessing the nominees (am I the only one that feels this season of film has snuck up like crazy?). Never is the only late, though. So here’s a quick final ballot of who I think will get nominated in the major categories, in order of who I believe has the highest chance to take the prize.

Best Picture

1. 12 Years A Slave

2. GravityImage

3. American Hustle

4. Her

5. Nebraska

6. Captain Phillips

7. Inside Llewyn Davis

8. Dallas Buyers Club

9. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Director

1. Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave

2. Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity

3. David O. Russell – American Hustle

4. Spike Jonze – Her

5.Alexander Payne – Nebraska

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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave

2. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

3. Bruce Dern – Nebraska

4. Joaquin Phoenix – Her

5. Christian Bale – American Hustle

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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1. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

2. Amy Adams – American Hustle

3. Sandra Bullock – Gravity

4. Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

5. Judi Dench – Philomena

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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

2. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

3. Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

4. Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

5. James Gandolfini – Enough Said

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Jennifer Lawrence – American HustleImage

2. Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

3. June Squibb – Nebraska

4. Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

5. Julia Roberts – August: Osage County

Stay tuned for a more in depth look into who I think will win, should win, and why. Will you be watching the nominations special bright and early with me? Sleep tight!

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