In honor of the Oscars Sunday, members of the Vidette staff voted who will take home the award in the top five categories.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
This year the contention for Best Actor nomination is fierce and stiff. Five talented men have delivered strong performances this year, but one man will leave the night with the golden award. The competition for the win will be between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey, but in the end, Mc- Conaughey will take it home. His recent Golden Globe win nearly solidified his chances. He gave a star-worthy, heart-felt performance based on a real-life drama. Losing a third of his body weight to play an AIDS victim, McConaughey had you rooting for the drug smuggling vigilante the entire movie.
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
Nominees for Actress in a leading role for the 2014 Academy Awards are Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams. Blanchett has the best chance of taking home the Oscar for Best Actress this year. Based on her performance in “Blue Jasmine,” which came to theaters this past August, Blanchett shines as the title character in Woody Allen’s latest film. She is also currently riding high with the success in already receiving several awards for her role, including a Screen Actors Guild and a Golden Globe.
Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill rarely strays from his usually hilarious, kind of lazy, sometimes substance abusing, average-dude roll displayed in “Superbad,” “Knocked Up” and “This is the End.” His role as Donnie Azoff in “The Wolf of Wall Street” got quite a bit of recognition for morally controversial and sometimes inappropriate situations. His character partners with intelligent and conniving stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, and quickly learns how to be a corrupt businessman. Even though his character still abuses substances (more expensive ones this time), he plays a different kind of funny. He plays a less intelligent, prostitute-patronizing, tag-along business partner with a twisted humor that can be viewed as very inappropriate, yet guiltily hilarious.
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence not only steals our hearts with her genuinely funny and relatable one liners off screen (where’s the PIZZA?), but she never seems to fail at stealing our attention on screen by playing vastly diverse roles in her short acting history. In her most recent role in “American Hustle,” she plays Rosalyn Rosenfeld: an over-thetop, unpredictable Long Island house wife of an overweight con artist. She is funny, feisty and stubborn while some parts of the film seemed a little overrated, Lawrence made the show. The 23-year-old has proven that a little quick wit will get you somewhere. If she does not win Best Supporting Actress, she at least won our hearts once again with her humor and confidence.
Best Movie: ‘12 Years a Slave’
Although all the nominations for Best Picture are outstanding films, many with all-star casts, the Vidette’s pick goes to “12 Years a Slave.” The story of a man forced into slavery and maltreated by his owner, this is the film that delves into the darkest subject matter of the group. Tackling difficult issues such as race relations and featuring emotionally driven, excellent performances by the cast, this film should take home the statue. A close second is “Her,” which is especially relevant given the prevalence of smartphones in American society and features superb — if strange — acting by Joaquin Phoenix.