ScreenAnarchy Picks the 2014 Oscars

Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas (@peteramartin)
Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And though it's horribly biased toward Hollywood, the world still tunes in to the annual broadcast to watch the stars, to argue about the winners, and to catch a glimpse of what Hollywood thinks of itself. (Hint: too much!) 

In that spirit, a half-dozen of my colleagues here at ScreenAnarchy have pitched in to help me pick the Oscar winners. Some chose the "should win / will win" formula, which is always popular, but others of us went with the tried-and-true "if I had a vote" gambit. Click through the gallery below to be reminded of the nominees, see our picks, and then watch the broadcast tonight (Sunday, March 2) to see who actually takes home the Oscars. (Thanks to Eric Ortiz Garcia for creating the photo collages.) 

Ard Vijn, Eric Ortiz Garcia, , Jim Tudor, Kurt Halfyard and Shelagh Rowan-Legg contributed to this story.


AMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

HER Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

NEBRASKA Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

PHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

12 YEARS A SLAVE Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Nominees to be determined

Twitch Pick

The Wolf of Wall Street

Popular wisdom has it that Gravity will win, with some still believing it's possible that the increasingly-conservative Academy will do the right thing and select 12 Years A Slave.

Gravity is a great popcorn flick and a visual treat, while 12 Years A Slave is an important, searing indictment of the worst impulses of mankind. And I really enjoyed other nominees Her, Nebraska, and American Hustle.

But the stand-out picture for me remains Martin Scorsese's incredible The Wolf of Wall Street, which is visually stylish without calling attention to itself, indicts greed and stupidity without insulting the audience by spelling it out, and showcases the finest performance of Leonardo DiCaprio's career. That's my vote, and I'm sticking to it.

Actual Winner

12 Years A Slave

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

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