ScreenAnarchy Picks the 2014 Oscars
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
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.
12 Years A Slave
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers