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Oscars 2014: Pick Your Winners, San Diego

Vote For Your Favorites From 2013

Above: Waiting to unwrap the awards at the 2014 Academy Awards. Pick your winners in the KPBS Oscar Poll.

Aired 2/27/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:
Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts Reporter and Author of the Blog Cinema Junkie
Ian Forbes, Member of the San Diego Film Critics Society and film critic for ShowbizJunkies.com

The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and if the winners tend to leave you scratching your head and yelling at the TV then here’s your chance to cast your own vote and choose your own winners.

I have a long standing tradition of being disappointed by the Oscars. In fact, our family had a foam rock that we would throw at the TV any time anything being reported on television bothered us. This poor rock got a lot of use every presidential election by my dad and every Oscar show by me.

Perhaps my first true outrage was Al Pacino losing out for “The Godfather” in 1972. I had the chance to attend the awards in 1978 when I was a teenager and “Star Wars” was nominated. It lost to “Annie Hall” and I was so mad I stomped out of my seat in the last row in the last balcony at the top of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Talk about a long walk!

So if you share any of my frustration about the best film or best performance often losing, then here’s your chance to right those wrongs by voting in the KPBS Oscar Poll. We will announce the winners on Monday March 3 along with the results from the actual Academy Awards. Here are my Cinema Junkie Awards.

First up, Best Picture

Poll

Best Picture

  • American Hustle

    9%
  • Captain Phillips

    4%
  • Dallas Buyers Club

    7%
  • Gravity

    12%
  • Her

    4%
  • Nebraska

    9%
  • Philomena

    4%
  • 12 Years A Slave

    46%
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street

    1%

66 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best picture: So the field was expanded from five nominees to 10 a few years ago in the hopes of broadening the pool and getting more diversity. Epic fail. Last year, the larger field neglected to include the popular mainstream films “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” and this year it failed to include the indie hit “Short Term 12.” This year, the best pic nominees are relatively diverse within the category but these nine films dominate all the categories, shutting out other more deserving films in the craft categories. So have at them!

Poll

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)

    14%
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

    43%
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

    21%
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)

    14%
  • Meryl Street (August: Osage County)

    5%

69 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best actress: Whenever an actress takes off her make-up to look her age — or just bad — that usually makes her a shoe-in for the award (Example: Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment” or Charlize Theron in “Monster."). But because Meryl Streep has so many awards, maybe someone like Cate Blanchett, who just gave a kick-ass performance, will win. What do you think?

Poll

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)

    4%
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

    19%
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

    10%
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

    28%
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

    37%

67 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best actor: An actor’s body is his tool, so when that tool requires drastic changes (massive weight gain or loss) that gets the Academy’s attention. (See Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull.”) So maybe Matthew McConaughey (drastic weight loss) or Christian Bale (going bald) are the front-runners. But there’s also the they’re-getting-old-and-this-could-be-our-last-chance vibe going for Bruce Dern, although that sentimentality didn’t work for Peter O’Toole. Leo has the against-type casting going for him and Chiwetel Ejiofor has the politically correct card in his favor.

Poll

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

    4%
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

    32%
  • Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave)

    40%
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

    4%
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

    18%

65 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best supporting actress: You have last year’s best actress Jennifer Lawrence, and Julia Roberts, another best actress winner, flaunting their gold over a trio of first-timers. Do the newbies have a chance? Or will the past year's supporting ladies take the cake once again?

Poll

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

    19%
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

    1%
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)

    14%
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

    8%
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    56%

62 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best supporting actor: The rules for the best actor category apply again here: Jared Leto gets points for cross-dressing, Jonah Hill goes against-type, Bradley Cooper goes for bad 70s hair and Michael Fassbender dares to be despicable as a slave owner. Perhaps that leaves the field open to newcomer, non-actor Barkhad Abdi.

Poll

Best Director

  • David O. Russel (American Hustle)

    6%
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

    40%
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

    13%
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)

    32%
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

    6%

59 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best director: Rule is best picture gets the best director award, but not always. The Directors Guild of America winner is often a good predictor of who wins the Oscar but you don’t have to follow any rules, so vote with your heart.

Poll

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods

    8%
  • Despicable Me 2

    8%
  • Ernest & Celestine

    2%
  • Frozen

    62%
  • The Wind Rises

    18%

48 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best animated film: So American animated films are still stuck in the rut of being children’s movies, and many American critics were baffled by Hayao Miyazaki making an animated film out of a biography of airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi. So you have to decide: is the award meant for the best film that happens to be animated or the film displaying the best animation technology?

Poll

Best Makeup And Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    50%
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

    34%
  • The Lone Ranger

    16%

50 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best make up and hairstyling: The mere fact that "Bad Grandpa" could take home an Oscar makes this my favorite category. But how the bad hair of "American Hustle" was overlooked is criminal, as is the nomination for "The Lone Ranger." I mean, really?

Poll

Best Documentary Feature

  • The Act Of Killing

    28%
  • Cutie And The Boxer

    7%
  • Dirty Wars

    30%
  • The Square

    15%
  • 20 Feet From Stardom

    17%

39 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best documentary: This category is far more interesting than best picture this year. All the films are excellent and with a diverse range of topics and styles. But you had to be quick to catch them in San Diego theaters. I highly recommend a quick check of what’s streaming and then vote in this classy category.

Poll

Best Film Editing

  • American Hustle

    11%
  • Captain Phillips

    18%
  • Dallas Buyers Club

    4%
  • Gravity

    56%
  • 12 Years A Slave

    9%

44 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Best film editing: I need a write-in slot for this. As an editor, these nominees are all fine but not very innovative. The category seems to be driven by what films are long or have the most cuts. I will write-in “Short Term 12,” “Only God Forgives” and “Stories We Tell.” Let’s see what you choose.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Mgadfly'

Mgadfly | February 27, 2014 at 12:09 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Hollywood restaurant menu. Very few wowsers, but you can still get a satisfying meal. My hat is off to Cúaron, Gravity was hardly the best pic.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. ― 10 months ago

My biggest hope for the night is that Jared Leto wins for best supporting actor.

His tranformation into his character in DBC was incredible!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | February 28, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Yes! Jared Leto deserves to win... And Bad Grandpa. ;)

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Missionaccomplished | March 2, 2014 at 8:53 a.m. ― 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Well at least 12 is in the title!

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Missionaccomplished | March 2, 2014 at 8:58 a.m. ― 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I guess DALLAS can win for supporting actor playing a queenie and the make-up to go along with it!

Bale deserved to be nominated for HUSTLE as well as FURNACE.

Why Jonas Hill is in there I will never know! And to think great supporting performances like Al Brooks were ignored!!! Is Scorsese now so senile as to think Hill is the new Pesci??? Well, at least he was able to squeeze out a passable performance out of the chubster!

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