An Oscar’s Overview

3 Oscar Picks

Individual Photos: Streep, Dicaprio, Leto
Kiersten Connolly
Darick Earney
Staff Writers
Whatever your train of thought may go to, it is easy to say that this year’s Oscar bash was nothing short of amazing.

 This year there are many exceptional choices for best picture and best actor in a leading role.  We rooted for “The Wolf of Wall Street” for both categories. This movie recollects the personal memoir of former Wall Street broker, Jordan Belfort played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Jordan Belfort morphs from a timid man who just wants to provide for his wife into a person engulfed with greed. As you watch the horrifying story of the rise, fall, and redemption of one of Wall Street’s most notorious characters you can’t help but be mesmerized by DiCaprio’s performance.

Sadly the judges didn’t hear our pleas through the tv and the Oscars didn’t go to “The Wolf of Wall Street” or Leonardo DiCaprio.  They walked away with “ 12 Years a Slave” receiving best picture and Matthew McConaughey’s role in “Dallas Buyers Club”  winning best actor in a leading role.

For best actress in a leading role, as the matriarch of an extremely dysfunctional family, Meryl Streep shined as Violet Weston in “August: Osage County”.

Streep’s character is hauntingly beautiful in depth. She makes you want to hate her, you can’t help but have a soft spot for this profound character.

Again, our cries were in vain as the Oscar left went home with Cate Blanchett for her role in “Blue Jasmine”.

No leading role could ever be complete without the dedication of the supporting actors and actresses. Our top choice was Jared Leto as Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club”. Transgender Rayon, who is HIV positive, befriends Ron Woodroof. They embark on a mission to help treat others suffering with AIDS.

While our predictions may have been off for the previous categories, this one was spot on.  Jared Leto humbly accepted his Oscar while thanking his family.

Rounding out the big five awards was best actress in a supporting role. Jennifer Lawrence portrayed the role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld in “American Hustle”.

Rosenfeld is a pill popping mother in her twenties whose unpredictable antics jeopardizes her husband’s scams.

“12 Years a Slave” walked away with another golden statue in it’s pocket for best actress in a supporting role. Lupita Nyong’o gave a touching acceptance speech as she was beside herself with joy.

These were are our predictions for the 86th Academy Awards, that aired on March 2nd at 7pm eastern, 4pm pacific. Winners or losers, the Oscars can be summed up with a quote from Daniel Day-Lewis, who once said: “You don’t become your character; your character becomes you.”

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