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Phil Henson’s predictions for the 86th Academy Awards nominees

Phil Henson’s predictions for the 86th Academy Awards nominees

Every year I stick my neck out and set out my predictions for the academy awards.

I predict that the British team behind Gravity will need to have worked their arms in the gym this week to bring home all their awards; and I am optimistic that 12 years a Slave will prevail in the best picture, and best director categories.

Some of my choices are far from being the favourites to win, including: Michael Fassbender (best supporting actor), and also Captain Philips (best editing), Alexandre Desplat (best score) but they would all be worthy of the accolades.

Best wishes to all,



Best Picture
  • 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role
  •  Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
  •  Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  •  Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  •  Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature
  •  The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
Best Cinematography
  • Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best Costume Design
      • American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)
Best Directing
  •  12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
Best Documentary Feature
  •  The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)
Best Documentary Short
  •  The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Best Film Editing
  •  Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)
Best Foreign Language Film
  •  The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  •  Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Best Original Score
  •  Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)
Best Original Song
  •  The Moon Song (Her)
Best Production Design
  •  The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Best Animated Short Film
  •  Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)
Best Live Action Short Film
  •  The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)
Best Sound Editing
  •  Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
Best Sound Mixing
  •  Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects
  • Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley
Best Original Screenplay
  •  Her –Spike Jonze

Do you agree with my choices?

Phil Henson


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