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The Oscars 2014

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If Sunday’s OSCARS play out as predicted there will be absolutely no surprises. Just once I’d love a season of incredible films and acting performances and a true horse race, but it’s not to be, at least not this year.

In lead acting categories, I thought Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyer’s Club) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) were terrific in their roles, but if I were voting, I’d give Oscars to Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Sandra Bullock (Gravity). Their performances were so subtle and nuanced, but both brought tears to my eyes. Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) is deserving of best supporting actress, but I won’t be shocked if Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) takes home the gold. While Jared Leto (Dallas Buyer’s Club) is a shoe-in for best supporting actor, I’d give the Oscar to Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave). For best picture, it seems I’m the only one on the planet who thought that Wolf of Wall Street was way over-the-top and American Hustle, like the other nominees, was good, but not great. I’d give the Oscar to 12 Years A Slave because it challenged me the way great cinema is suppose too.

Of course I’ll watch the red carpet arrivals on E! to see who everyone’s wearing, but have you noticed that most of the A-list actors skip the red carpet now? And, if there’s one highlight to the night, it’s that Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars and that guarantees a few laughs and maybe a few surprises!

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