What is your out on a limb Oscar prediction? Julia Roberts, Jonah Hill …?

There are surprises at every Oscar ceremony. Where will they be this year?

While some Oscar races seem sewn-up — Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, “Gravity for Best Visual Effects — many more remain fluid with the potential for upsets. Our forum posters tackled this topic by  answering the question: What is your out on a limb Oscar prediction?

Click that gold link above to join in the discussion after reading some of their more provocative picks below: 

FreemanGriffin: My way way way out on a limb Oscar prediction for 2013 is Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress. It’s hard to see how Jennifer Lawrence wins 2 years in a row at such a young age (besides, imo, she is miscast and dreadful in her role), and Lupita Nyong’o is a complete unknown – so I think enough voters will have enjoyed August: Osage County (far more entertaining than most of the Best Picture contenders this year) and also, Julia Roberts has something else going for her: she’s actually the LEAD in her movie, therefore she has more screen time, and delivers a really terrific performance!

MSE: I think I’m going to pick Chiwetel Ejiofor as my Best Actor winner. That’s the only acting category where I expect an upset, and I don’t think it will be Leonardo DiCaprio. Not to mention that Best Actor has a tendency to line up with Best Picture, or at least a strong Best Picture contender.

thedemonhog: Categories where I am predicting a contender that is ranked third in the odds are
Leading Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Original Song (“Happy“), Sound Mixing (“Captain Phillips“).

Tye-Grr and ThemeParks4Life: Best Supporting Actor- Jonah Hill.

dude93: Barkhad Abdi for supporting actor; and I think with that BAFTA in his grip, he is a serious dark horse contender.

BenitoDelicias: As usual, I can see Emmanuel Lubezki losing (Best Cinematography for “Gravity”) in one of the biggest shocks of the night.

Halo_Insider: “Philomena” for Original Score. My reasoning is that while “Her” has a passionate contingent and some success on the awards circuit (even getting runner-up at LAFCA), “Philomena” seems like the kind of film that would play to a broader section of Academy members. If voters love “Philomena” enough to want to give it something, it wouldn’t be surprising to see “Gravity” lose here, given how people will expect it to sweep the techs and Director.

papablue: “The Wind Rises” for Best Animated Feature. Hayazawa’s final film, and you may have the Old Guard within the Academy give him a deserving sendoff.

ETPhoneHome: “12 Years a Slave” for costume design. Gatsby’s been overestimated for a while, and it’s a category to reward 12 years in.

NickSpake: “The Square” for Best Documentary Feature.

Denton: My gut tells me “12 Years a Slave” has a better shot at Production Design, but this category sometimes has not-so-great films winning that Oscar (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Sweeney Todd”).  Gatsby has been cleaning house in both of these categories, even winning both at BAFTA.

Jonathan: “Prisoners” for Best Cinematography.  I know it’s wishful thinking, but Roger Deakins is an artist and deserves this.

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16 thoughts on “What is your out on a limb Oscar prediction? Julia Roberts, Jonah Hill …?

  1. Let’s go completely pyschotic and ‘Nebraska’ wins in every category it’s been nominated and Meryl Streep wins her fourth Oscar.

  2. My out on a limb Oscar predictions:
    Best Picture: Philomena
    Best Director: David O’Russell
    Best Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep
    Best Sup. Actor: Jonah Hill
    Best Sup. Actress: June Squib

  3. LOL…FreemanGriffin’s response. I mean, as he/she stated “in my opinion”…yeah, right except that it’s Jennifer Lawrence who has gotten the lionsshare of rave reviews!. Biased opinions without anything concrete to support (you know, like a respected critic’s opinion) are full of baloney. It’s funny how that is the first response that we see…whose PR team put this together?. Wow…Jennifer Lawrence really is a threat to them, huh?.


  5. First off, no way SANDRA BULLOCK. Dream on Bullock fanatics. BUT, the close race between Lawrence and Nyong’o could split the vote and the supporting actress winner could be a surprise (*enter Harvey Weinstein). Talk of a Jonah Hill win is a joke, he DID NOT even deserve a nomination in my opinion …

  6. Out on a limb;

    Best Picture: Her or American Hustle
    Best Director: Steve McQueen
    Best Actor: Bruce Dern (I think DiCaprio will win so that is not a limb)
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep or Amy Adams
    Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi
    Best Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts.

  7. Best picture: Captain Philips. Best Director: Steve McQueen. Best Actor: Bruce Dern. Best actress: Amy Adams. Best supporting actor: Bradley Cooper. Best supporting actress: Sally Hawkins. Best original screenplay: Nebraska. Best adapted screenplay: Captain Philips. Best animated feature: The wind rise

  8. Celebrity psychic Thomas John predicted Jonah Hill being nominated and sees him winning. He also predicted Jennifer Lawrence falling (but who didn’t see that coming? She does shit like that). I can see Jonah as the shocker of the night. I’d love to see that! 😜

  9. Everybody wins something! Wolf of Wall Street for Best Picture (DiCaprio & Scorcese win), 12 Years a Slave for Best Director (McQueen wins here), Gravity for Best Editing (Cuarón wins here), American Hustle for Original Screenplay (O’Russell wins here), Her for Original Song (Jonze wins), Philomena for Adapted Screenplay (Coogan wins something)… or maybe the Before Midnight trio. Only that Brad Pitt would be the sacrificed lamb. But lots of big names win something!

  10. 1) As much as I loved Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips, I doubt he would’ve won the BAFTA if Jared Leto had been nominated, so I think Abdi is out at the Oscars. 2) I can’t imagine how anyone could think Jennifer Lawrence was “dreadful” in American Hustle. 3) Chiwetel Ejifor isn’t an “out on a limb” prediction; he was the presumed front-runner until MM came on strong toward the end of the season. Ejiofor is still a great possibility for Best Actor. 4)My “out on a limb” pick is American Hustle for Best Picture, although that’s seeming les and less likely every day.

  11. as much as I love julia roberts, I thought that juliette lewis and meryl streep were better in the movie and if it’s not jennifer, it should be sally hawkins, who is simply great in Blue jasmine

  12. June Squibb for Best Supporting Actress. I realize that her competition is very tough, and even though I do have Nyong’o winning it, June Squibb could have a chance. The Academy might not want to give it to Jennifer Lawrence who won last year, and they might think that Lupita Nyong’o will have other chances in the future. Plus, they clearly like Nebraska, and this might be their only chance to give it an award. Maybe…

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