The Oscars are frustrating for almost anyone to watch. It’s inevitable that the Academy is going to make some decision that you disagree with. Every year it happens, and every year it’s enraging.


Odds are, most of us will never be in a position to choose who wins and loses at the Academy Awards, but it sure is fun to fantasize. That is what you are reading now: one critic’s personal Oscar wish list. These are the films that we would like to see win in the major categories on March 2.


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Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, “Her” should be the one to win it. There is next to no chance that it will, but it’s by far the best of the bunch. A wonderful film, perfectly constructed, acted, and written. “Her” was the best film to be released in 2013, and the fact that it was nominated is enough for me. Expect it to lose out to “12 Years a Slave.”


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The Best Director is a little tougher to pick, mostly because Spike Jonze was not nominated for his work on the aforementioned “Her.” Out of the five filmmakers nominated this year that we are fond of is Martin Scorsese. He is up there with Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock as one of the best directors to ever live, and in “The Wolf of Wall Street” he proves that his skills are as sharp as ever. If it were up to us, he’d win his second Best Director award this year, but we would not mind seeing Alexander Payne win either, as “Nebraska” is rather brilliant as well. All signs point to Alfonso Cuaron winning this category for “Gravity,” but we have this nagging feeling that Steve McQueen might win for “12 Years a Slave.” It could go either way, but one of those two are going to win.


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In the Best Actor and Supporting Actor categories we would like to see Chiwetel Ejiofor and Barkhad Abdi win for their work on “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips,” respectively. The Academy will most likely agree with us in the Best Actor category, but Jared Leto is expected to beat out Abdi for “Dallas Buyers Club.”


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Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong’o gave the best performances of the ladies nominated, and thus deserve the awards. Blanchett will win for Best Actress and Nyong’o has a good shot, but could lose out to Jennifer Lawrence.


“Her” should win for Best Original Screenplay, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” for Best Adapted. The Best Animated Feature category is a toss up, and we would not mind seeing it go to either “The Wind Rises” or “Frozen.


(Related: 2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Original Screenplay)


“The Act of Killing” is by far the best of the documentaries nominated this year and it currently has a good chance of winning the award. “Gravity” will deservedly win for its cinematography, visual effects, editing, and score.



Who would you like to see win Oscars this year? Let me know in the comments below.