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Oscar Previews

By: Madelaine Ho

Hollywood’s main event is right around the corner, celebrating the year in movies.  The Academy Awards show is hosted by New Orleans own comedienne, Ellen DeGeneres, and is set to air Sunday, Mar 2.  This will be DeGeneres’ second time hosting the Oscars.

“Gravity”and “American Hustle” each nabbed a leading 10 nominations.  “12 Years of Slave” is second with nine nominations.  Other films nominated are “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

There were many actors and actresses that gave phenomenal performances in 2013.  Actor Matthew McConaughey is nominated for “Best Actor” for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”  Other leading actor nominees include, Christian Bale, “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern, “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years of Slave.”

McConaughey is the front runner to receive the award.  He has already received a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice Award this year.

Actress Meryl Streep is nominated for “Best Actress” for her role in “August: Osage County.”  Other nominees for the category include Amy Adams, “American Hustle,” Cate Blanchett, “Blue  Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock, “Gravity,” and Judi Dench, “Philomena”.

Cate Blanchett is the front runner to win the award.  Like McConaughey, she also won a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice Award.  It has been known that who ever sweeps those three awards will win an Oscar.

Meryl Streep’s nomination marks the most ever Oscar nominations for an actress.

The nominees for ‘Supporting Actor’ are Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips,” Bradley Cooper,  ”American Hustle,” Michael Fassbender, ”12 Years of Slave,” Jonah Hill, ”The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Jared Leto, ”Dallas Buyers Club.”

Jared Leto is the front runner to take home the award.  He also took home a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice Award.

The nominees for ‘Supporting Actress’ are Sally Hawkins, ”Blue Jasmine,” Jennifer Lawrence, ”American Hustle,” Lupita Nyong’o, ”12 Years of Slave,” Julia Roberts, ”August: Osage County,” and June Squibb, ”Nebraska.”  This award could go to anybody, but it will come down to Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong’o.

For a full list of nominees go to www.oscar.go.com/nominees.

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