It’s that time of the year again when we look back and find out which of the movies in the past year stood out against all the rest as we look through the Oscar nominees for 2014. Considering that Hollywood has been churning out less and less notable movies in the past years, picking out the best from among movies that are mostly mediocre is not really difficult. We all know that Oscar picks are not always the most entertaining, but they are still considered works of art by standards that have been embedded in the roots of the Academy for decades. Once in a while, there are those that have me raising my eyebrows, but I don’t think I know enough about movie standards to judge. Most of the movies that I found moving or entertaining just don’t fit the bill. Who cares if I was thrilled to watch a bunch of dwarfs in barrels floating down the river while an elf skips on their heads while shooting orcs? It’s actually a mystery why a nerd like me even bothers to check out the Oscars these days. The Academy appears to have grown weary of Peter Jackson or of any sci-fi movie to even give them a glance.
And I’m no expert to even hint on any predictions. I do have my favorites and if any of them wins, I’d be surprised. If I were to vote, the 2014 Oscar winners will be
The Wolf of Wall Street Her, Leo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Scorsese. Here is the complete list of the Oscar nominations for 2014. I really hope this is Leo’s year (loved him since Gilbert Grape), but we all know the Oscars rarely favor money-makers. Though everyone knows they will give him one in his lifetime, he may need a few more wrinkles before he gets the nod.