My argument is that the category should have shifted from five nominees to three. That would increase competition. Imagine how tight this yearís Oscar race would be if Academy voters could only choose between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle? Now THATís a race!
Aside from being a huge honor of itself, this year's showdown for Best Director could well determine Oscar night's top award. But who will win? We break it down.
Hailing from such buzzed about films a Blue Jasmine, American Hustle, Nebraska, August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave, each of these actresses has earned plenty of ink over the last few months. But only one will win on Oscar night. Whose in it to win it and who will have to say, "Just getting the nomination is such an honor?" Allow me to break it down.
Meryl Streep has eighteen (yes, eighteen) Academy Award nominations. Judi Dench has seven. Cate Blanchette has six, Adam Adams is rocking five and Sandra Bullock, arguably the most famous person in the category, is bringing up the rear with two. Thatís a stacked list of competitors, and it tells us we canít just flippantly write anyone off.
Whatís left is a competitive, dynamic field of nominees that can count sixty seven nominations amongst three people, while still leaving room for two first-time honorees. Could this year be a sonic passing of the torch?
This is one of the better years, however, particularly considering at some points the category would have only two to three nominations overall. That wasnít the case in 2013, as the voters truly spread the wealth, resulting in five very diverse, unexpected selections.
Last yearís Best Adapted Screenplay contenders at the Academy Awards competed in one of the most competitive categories of the night, with movies like Life of Pi, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook going head to head, but by the time it was all over the literal Best Picture had won.
Every year, the Academy Awards and its voters honor screenwriters old and new by handing out the statue for the Best Original Screenplay, often while employing a lackluster script of its own. While it remains to be seen what kind of material host Ellen DeGeneres will be given, you can bet than the stage direction ďThis is the part where you danceĒ will show up more than a few times. Probably in between jokes about Christian Baleís gut, or his beard, or his hair.
Today we feature Best Supporting Actor. This is a thornier pack than last year, when all the nominees were previous winners, limiting the amount of actual competition between participants (Christoph Waltz ultimately won). This year there are no previous winners, three first-time nominees, and two second-time honorees.
By the time all is said and done, CinemaBlend will offer you the most comprehensive analysis of the entire Oscar field, all but guaranteeing you a win in your office Oscar pools. (Youíre welcome!)