Last year we enlisted the services of Canucks prospect Matt Beattie to help you out with your Oscars predictions. The Yale University forward didn’t disappoint. He put his Ivy League education to use and nailed five of the six categories we asked him to pick. After narrowly missing out on a perfect score (Best Director was the only category he got wrong), Beattie is back for more and is looking to go six-for-six.
See how you stack up against Beattie by making your own predictions in the comments section!Best Picture
Nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street
Beattie Says: 12 Years a Slave
“The most entertaining movie I saw this year was definitely The Wolf of Wall Street, but in terms of best all around picture, I think 12 Years a Slave will win. With the exception of comedic relief, this movie had it all.”Best Actor
Nominees: Christian Bale (American Hustle
), Bruce Dern (Nebraska
), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street
), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave
), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club
Beattie Says: Leonardo DiCaprio
“This choice is probably the toughest one for me to make. I saw Dallas Buyers Club with two of my teammates in a completely vacant theater, and McConaughey’s performance was one of the best I’ve seen. With that said, Leo is one of my favorite actors and I can’t vote against him. He needs to win one of these things at some point, and if his transformation from a money hungry, aspiring young broker to the conniving drug crazed “Wolfy” doesn’t do the trick, I’m not sure what will. Plus, you can’t vote against a guy who turned a 10-minute solo crawl scene into one of the best scenes in the movie.”Best Actress
Nominees: Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).
Beattie Says: Cate Blanchett
“I have not seen Blue Jasmine, but I did some homework on this one. Blanchett has been raking in buzz since the movie debuted and I’m pretty confident she will win this one. That said, Amy Adams nailed her role in American Hustle and it would be cool to see her finally win. I just don’t think she has enough steam going into the voting.”Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).
Beattie Says: Jared Leto
“For me, this one is between Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, and Jonah Hill. Abdi was incredible in Captain Phillips, but he didn’t steal the show. The always-entertaining Jonah Hill had me in stitches a few times in The Wolf of Wall Street, but I don’t think it will be enough to win. Dallas Buyers Club was a movie that relied on incredible performances to wow the audience. Quite frankly, it was a gruesome subject matter and if it weren’t for McConaughey and Leto, this movie would have been a tough one to sit through.”Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska).
Beattie Says: Lupita Nyong’o
“It’s hard for me to vote against Jennifer Lawrence, but I just don’t see the Academy giving her two Oscars in two years. Both are deserving of the award, but Nyong’o is going to win because everyone can sympathize with a gut wrenching performance.”Best Director
Nominees: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).
Beattie Says: Alfonso Cuaron
“Again, this is a tough category, but I’m voting for Cuaron on this one. I think he has an advantage in this race because he was able to create a masterpiece that strictly revolved around two people stuck in space. No other director had a bigger obstacle to work around.”