Oscars 2014: Hope For the Underdogs

Reading a USA Today insert in The Tennessean this evening made me realize that the less popular nominees may take the gold at this year’s Academy Awards, leaving us speechless. The article written by Scott Bowles examines the likelihood of films such as HerNebraska, Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Philomena, and Captain Phillips feasting on wins this year. For many, the top films that seem like legitimate winners are 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and the star-studded American Hustle.

First off, I’d like to point out some movie news to you all. Today at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), 12 Years A Slave took home the award for Best Film, with Gravity reigning over 6 awards total. I heard the news and am now scared for my other beloved nominees. Although it’d be nice to see a film with big nods win the Oscars, it could be a breathe of fresh air to see the unexpected occur.There’s a whole lot more to awards then popularity and Bowles’ article gave light to that theory.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

The article made it known that critically acclaimed director, Martin Scorsese, is no stranger to getting snubbed awards by other films. I hate to see a Scorsese film go overlooked, and I hope this year is different for him. As a Joaquin Phoenix admirer, I would love to see Her take a win as well. And let’s not forget that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight is up for Best Adapted Screenplay! (You know I’ve got my fingers crossed.) It reminds us that the Oscars can swarm around an underdog just as much as a big contender, considering past snubs. That can also mean that Leonardo DiCaprio can (finally) win the Oscar for Best Actor just as well as Matthew McConaughey, or Christian Bale. We may be in for a surprise.

You can read up on Scott Bowles’ article here: http://usat.ly/1dBBz3P


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