I'm pretty glad with how this went! If you see my predictions, I got my top 5 in, and picked Her for 6th slot, Wolf of Wall Street for 7th, Dallas Buyers Club for 8th, and Philomena for 10th. My only error was putting Saving Mr. Banks in 9th, and ahead of Philomena. Had I not, I would've scored 100% on this. (8/9)
I'm very, very surprised Tom Hanks was left out of this one, but as I'm not a Tom Hanks fan, I'm 100% fine with this choice. However, I also wasn't a big fan of American Hustle, and the more support it gets, the more bummed I am. While Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio managed to sneak in over Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, I thought Bale was a little bland in Hustle. Though I'll have to give it a second watch. (4/5)
I swapped around who would get in this one a million times yesterday, but none of my predictions had Emma Thompson being left out. I know some had, but I didn't see it happening. Though with Banks shut out almost altogether, it's not surprising. (4/5)
Somehow I figured it was either Jonah Hill or Bradley Cooper, but not both. Seems I was wrong again. Daniel Bruhl was the one to miss out, but Rush was snubbed entirely. (4/5)
Oprah Winfrey is the one left out here (as is the Butler entirely). However, The Butler was on shaky ground before this, so I'm not overly surprised to see it left out here. (4/5)
One of my risks paid off with Scorsese getting in, but Jonze didn't make the cut. Instead, Alexander Payne made it in, who I originally had sitting in Jonze's place. (4/5)
Got this one exactly right! (5/5)
I had assumed the Coen's could get in here, but it seems there's much support for Dallas Buyers Club, and not enough for Inside Llewyn Davis (4/5)
I had predicted Monsters University over Ernest & Celestine. A mistake, it seems. (4/5)
I had mentioned the Grandmaster possibly sneaking in here, but made the mistake of picking 12 Years a Slave over it. (4/5)
I knew predicting Rush was a long shot, but what I didn't expect was for Dallas Buyers Club to make it in here. (4/5)
I'm pretty upset because I had originally taken All Is Lost out and replaced with Desplat for Philomena. Really regretting not doing this in the end. I love seeing Desplat nominated (He's a favourite). However I was surprised by the inclusion of Her over 12 Years A Slave. (3/5)
This is a category I knew I didn't know much about. I predicted Frozen, Her and Mandela, but not Alone Yet Not Alone (never heard of it), and Despicable Me 2. I'm thrilled with the inclusion of Despicable Me 2. The song is so fun and catchy it's great to see it included. (3/5)
Surprisingly, I did pretty well. The only one I missed with the Hobbit getting in over Rush.
I had a feeling All Is Lost could go the way of Drive and only make sound editing. Again, my original prediction was to leave it in only here. I'm regretting I didn't stick with that instinct. Again, I only missed out on Hobbit getting in over Rush. (4/5)
I'm pretty happy with these noms. Gravity got in over my prediction of Inside Llewyn Davis, but overall I think these are all pretty worthy. (4/5)
Didn't do well on this one. While I got Gravity, Hobbit and Iron Man correct, I picked Pacific Rim and Oblivion over Lone Ranger and Star Trek (I still stand by them being the better) (3/5)
I'm happy Invisibly Woman made it in here, as I was unsure on this one. However, the Grandmaster snuck in again taking the place of Catching Fire (which I knew was a long shot in the first place) (4/5)
I was really hoping Jackass wouldn't make it in here, but it seems to have stolen the place of American Hustle. But it means one less nomination for Hustle, which is fine by me. (2/3)
I did really well on nominations this year. The lowest I went was 3/5 (which was for about 4 categories I believe), but other than that I had a solid 4/5 for most categories. While I picked all the Best Picture nominees in my top 10, I had predicted Saving Mr Banks would get in over Philomena, which the opposite happened.
I ended off with 76/97, which is 78%! I did much better than the last 2 years, and am very pleased with most of the nominations. Nothing too shocking this year, which is a nice change from last year. Will see how the rest of the season goes leading up!
For now I still want to say 12 Years A Slave will win Best Picture, but after today and the Globes, I've become increasingly unsure. American Hustle is a film that does not deserve to win, in my opinion, but we'll see.