For some of the performers that night they will see their stars rise higher and their paychecks get fatter.
This year is a little stranger than most, but isn’t that every year?
We have low budget films side-by-side with big budget period pieces and sci-fi films. So here are my picks for the best films of 2013. You can watch it all go down live Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. on ABC.
Actor in a Leading Role
It basically boils down to two guys; Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio.
McConaughey is nominated for his turn as an HIV positive hustler who buys and sells illegal drugs that keep symptoms in remission in “The Dallas Buyer’s Club.”
Surprisingly, it’s his first Oscar nomination, and he turns in solid work, even going as far as losing an astonishing 47 pounds for the part, but someone else of a higher caliber turned in a stellar performance as well.
DiCaprio has never won an Oscar, though he’s been nominated four times before, and he seems poised to take home the statue this year.
His portrayal of Jordan Belfort as a greedy stockbroker with deep pockets and loose morals marks yet another collaboration with Martin Scorsese and should lead to a win.
Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams has been taking solid turns in some pretty good films as of late and has also been nominated four times before. Her nomination for “American Hustle” marks her fifth and she would’ve been most likely take the statue home if another actress’s movie had been pushed back to 2014.
My pick is Sandra Bullock for playing a biomedical engineer lost in space, trying desperately to get back to Earth. The role was dropped by first choice Angelina Jolie and then taken by Bullock.
Bullock should have no problem securing the win even if the film is seen as a heavy sci-fi film instead of a character-driven drama. It was the scariest movie of the year in my opinion.
Actor in a Supporting Role
There’s not even a second choice on this one.
Jared Leto’s turn as a transsexual druggie with AIDS was probably the best role of his career and will most likely end up wining him his Oscar.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Sure, everyone seems to be pulling for Jennifer Lawrence to win for “American Hustle”, especially with back-to-back nominations as well as her win last year. She’s good, but it feels as if anyone could’ve played her part.
My pick is Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine.” Sure, you’ve probably never even heard of her, but she’s been in a ton of indie films, and it sure would be nice to see her rewarded for sticking to her guns after all these years. She’s an underdog for sure, but a pretty cute one, so she has my vote.
This one I’m going to have to give to “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuarón turned in a spectacular film full of heart and fear and gave most of us our closest glimpse of floating in space.
He’s known as a very visceral director and really pulled out everything he had in his bag of tricks for this film. It’s truly a masterpiece of cinema and the very definition of what a film is.
It’s more than likely going to be the only win by “12 Years a Slave.” It’s an extremely gorgeous portrayal of a very ugly time in American history.
There’s nary a flaw in the film, and everyone puts in solid performances which make it one heck of a film. Director Steve McQueen should be holding a statue by the night’s end.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.