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Oscar Watching: Waiting…

The top races – for picture and director – didn’t change much over the last few days, but Her thankfully made some waves with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) weighs in with its picks on Feb. 16, and that’s really the last big precursor of the season. Just waiting on those…

Updates on each category below and over the next few pages.

12 Years a Slave 2013 Fall Films

Best Picture

Remember, voting for the winners begins on Feb. 14, so campaigns still have time to win over voters. (Also, Harvey Weinstein is really trotting out Philomena herself, isn’t he?) Still, 12 Years as Slave is the film that, if we account only for subject matter, is undeniably important, so I expect Steve McQueen’s drama to take this award.

1. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

2. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

3. American Hustle (David O. Russell)

4. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)

5. Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)

6. Philomena (Stephen Frears)

7. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

8. Her (Spike Jonze)

9. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)


Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón’s win from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) was obvious, so I imagine he wins here even if the motion-picture academy backs another film in the picture race.

1. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

3. David O. Russell for American Hustle

4. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

5. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.