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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are announced.

Lupita v. Jennifer: This is the definite showdown in this race, as the two have basically split all the precursors. Lupita probably has the edge though. Will voters really want to give 23 year old Lawrence two Oscars in two years? It's definitely possible, but Lawrence doesn't even seem to want it -- she didn't show up to accept her BAFTA, and hasn't been campaigning much. Nyong'o, on the other hand, has been the breakout star of this awards season, nailing every speech, dress and interview there was. So we say Lupita.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Will win: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Could win: Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Should win: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Shoulda been here: Scarlett Johannson in "Her"

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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391 Comments

  • Jay | March 3, 2014 4:09 AMReply

    LUPITA WON!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wonderingavidmoviegoer | March 1, 2014 3:10 PMReply

    okay JLaw's performance in American Hustle is not that excellent. I mean sh'es a great actress but her portrayal of the character was actually 'okay'. Julia Roberts should be in the runner. But then again, Oscars committee clearly have favorites.

  • kami | March 1, 2014 12:57 PMReply

    I am glad that oscar is coming and that whole Jlaw should win for A.Hustle crap will be over. If JLaw win again it will be WORST best supporting actress winner in history (as this category always give it to worst) and If Lupita win the most thoughtful winner of this category who didn't win by popularity (like most of actresses lead or supporting win by popularity). I mean i dont hate jlaw. she is great actress. i think she should won for winters bone she is brilliant in that film. she shouldn't win last year for silver lining and american hustle is just AWFUL (But thats just my taste). and i am so anxious to see her in film serena. if she should won her 2nd oscar it should be something like that kind of character because in novel it looks like oscar worthy character. i hope in next year oscar all of us appreciate her acting in serena equally (hope to be release this year)

  • Gabro | March 1, 2014 10:18 AMReply

    I really like Lupita but she is too overrated! Too much hype about her. I hope Jennifer Lawrence wins or June Squibb.

  • Jane | March 2, 2014 6:32 PM

    Jennifer is sooooooo over rated in American Hustle it makes no sense at all

  • Cambo | February 28, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    Julia Roberts was just incredible in Osage County. Anyone that can go with Streep like she did. I'm just not sure how Lawrence is considered here. Roberts was more than a supporting actor in this. Julia Roberts should win this and it really isn't even close

  • Eric | February 27, 2014 9:43 AMReply

    I do agree with James that Indiewire seems preoccupied with giving the Oscar to Lupita. I think every indie group is under appreciating Jennifer because they see her as a sell out for doing the Hunger Games and X men.
    If Lupita is ever in a non indie movie with a large budget they will turn their backs on her too. These independent psuedo intellectual posers are annoying. I think low budget movies can be incredible if they are, in fact, incredible. Judge things based on merit and not to push your hipster agenda down our throats. Not to sound like a republican, but I think you all should go drink a PBR and figure out a way you can really change the world.

  • Eric | February 27, 2014 8:55 AMReply

    If I was the president of the academy I would take back Anne Hathaway's Oscar and give one to Lupita and one to Jennifer. And I would take back Marisa Tomei's and give it to Julia Roberts.

  • June | March 2, 2014 9:02 AM

    You must not have seen "Les Miserables."

  • Marcus | February 27, 2014 8:48 AMReply

    Lupita should win bc she is high fashion. She is killing it on the red carpet. So fierce! Jennifer's clumsy girl next door routine is tired.
    I also think that the Oscar should go to a black woman for a change. I didn't watch any of the movies, but I watched clips of Lupita on youtube and I can't believe anyone could be better. I mean it's hard to cry like that.

  • Sam | February 27, 2014 8:46 PM

    Yes, let's give Oscar for crying and looking good on the red carpet.

  • Arianna | February 26, 2014 10:38 PMReply

    People saying Lawrence gave an enchanting performance just because she was funny makes no sense to me, so just because she provided the comedy relief, homegirl deserves the OSCAR? I'm sorry, I truly admire Lawrence as a young actress and will agree she's well above her years, but she was playing herself (for the most part) with a NY accent. I felt annoyed whenever she'd come on and honestly felt like she was out of place in AH. Yes, it was explained that her character was a young mother but she looked like a 20 year old in bad Halloween costumes. I felt like Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams overpowered the movie. I forgot about Lawrence's role at times and could not care less about her character.

  • Mary | February 27, 2014 12:27 PM

    I disagree. It's just like me saying all Lupita did was being whipped, maltreated and crying in a slave movie...and yes, i have seen 12 years a slave, a powerful movie...talented cast but Jennifer was better than Lupita. Art is subjective, so, I don't expect you to agree with me. But just like an Academy voter said, Lupita was good but all the commotion over her is mostly about the empathy and sympathy for the character. ..not the performance. So, the idea of Lawrence 'snatching' the Oscar from her is like annoying, dumb Rosalyn trying to rob poor, angelic Patsey. Lol...smh.

  • Jay | February 27, 2014 11:47 AM

    I agree

  • Deshaun | February 24, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    Lupita should win bc she cried a ot and it seemd real! Jennifer Lawrence aint that good. I was really board witchih her movie.

  • Nathan | February 24, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    Maybe Jennifer didn't turn up because she was FILMING? It's a little annoying how you make it sound like she cannot be bothered, when, indeed, she had acting duties.

  • Green | March 2, 2014 9:07 AM

    What Talia said is actually pretty plausible. Does anyone else remember J-Law's face when Emmanuelle Riva won the BAFTA last year? She and Martin Scorsese both looked like they were sucking lemons. I love J-Law A LOT, but that was not her best moment at an awards show and she might have wanted to skip this year's ceremony either because she didn't enjoy it the last time or, as Talia said, because she didn't think she would win.

  • James | February 26, 2014 2:35 AM

    @Talia...There are many reasons that could be cited. But she was obviously filming reshoots from Xmen which is the clear answer. That she thought she wasn't going to win or that she didn't want to face backlash are all suggestive answers. I read the article when she found out she won the BAFTA and though, didn't think she was going to win but she never said that was why she didn't go.

    And even if that was the reason, Indie wire's approach to make her the "upset" instead of a 'co-frontrunner' is irritating. She won the Golden globe, many threw cheap shots at her saying it was because she was the it girl and the GG always worship movie stars at the expense of 'true art', whereas, this sane GG was the only award body that didn't nominate Oprah Winfrey and got all the nominees inthis category right, just like the Academy. Go check it out if you don't believe.

    Then Jennifer won Bafta, and haters again shouted that it's a make-up award for losing last year. Some critics even went to the extent of saying it was a popularity contest. While I believe art is subjective, throwing cheap insults at an actress that has been proven overtime is uncalled for. I so wish she wins the Oscar so haters can hit their heads against the wall.

    And IMO, she gave the best performance in this category.

  • talia | February 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    I don't think Jennifer Lawrence not attending the Bafta's had anything to do with filming, I think it has more to do with the fact that Lawrence didn't think she was going to win.

  • James | February 24, 2014 12:30 PM

    Nice post. It seems like Indiewire is very desperate to give Lupita the oscar. Not that she isn't deserving (I sure know Jlaw was better) but this is her first 'serious' movie debut. If she loses, it's no big deal. An oscar nomination is an achievement on its own. Many new actresses gave more mind blowing performances like Brie Larson in Short term 12, Adele and Lea In Blue is the warmest colour but were snubbed by the academy. If she wins, that's very good of her...but trying to make it appear as if the whole idea of winning an oscar is now meaningless to Jennifer cos she won last year is ridiculous.

  • Eric | February 24, 2014 11:37 AMReply

    Lupita is great and will win an oscar one day, but I didn't think her performance was as good as Jennifers. I thought came across like a stage actress. Her scenes seemed choreographed. Jennifer was much more authentic. Not to mention she became the star of the movie. I found the movie itself to be a little dull, but she made me laugh and almost cry. I think drama shouldn't always prevail. I think 12 years a slave was a good movie that had qualified actors. I think AH was an alright movie that had extraordinary actors.

  • M. | February 22, 2014 11:18 PMReply

    Jen did win the Golden Globe AND BAFTA, another Academy Award is very possible. Regardless of the SAG wins, Lupita's case could turn out similar to Tommy Lee Jones' last year.

  • Jane | March 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    But the SAG is a good indication of who wins the Oscar , and the Golden Globes and the Bafta's arent notice Jennifer did not win last year at the bafta's and this year Mathew Machonahay (can't spell sorry) wasn't even nominated so they mean nothing . Plus Jennifer was just okay and it feels like she's playing an extension of herself in the movie because she is that crazy in real life so its not a stretch, plus the movie was soooo boring . This is a weak year for movies the best category this year is defiantly the best actor category.

  • JOEY | February 22, 2014 10:47 AMReply

    I think it would be Lawrence for the win. Every scene with her, you can't take your eyes off of her. The way she moves her hands or the way she always do that fingers scratching her nose. It is a trademark for her role as Rosalyn. She can be emotional, sexy, fu**ing agry all at the same time. When she talks, her eyes doesn't move. The scene when she kissed Amy and she laughed at her, I think that's her best scene at AH for she showed how crazy Rosalyn was. Yes, Lupita did a performance of a lifetime. But come to think of it, Lawrence can absolutely do what Lupita did in 12YS (make-up can turn her black just like when she turned blue on X-men) and deliver a great performance. BUT can Lupita do what Lawrence did in AH? I don't think so. She will win. It is still her time regardless if she had won last year. Lupita's performance was tremendously moving. She had a great shot at Oscars. Who knows? there would be another tie just like what happen with Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

  • Green | March 2, 2014 9:13 AM

    So Joey, what you're trying to say is that Jennifer can do anything Lupita can do in "12 Years in a Slave" so long as she puts on prosthetic makeup and can cry on cue, but Lupita isn't capable of basic facial expressions and scratching her nose?

    No, I don't actually think Jennifer could pull off a good performance if she was in "12 Years a Slave." She's funny and sarcastic-that's what most love about her-but she can't deliver anything heartbreaking on Lupita's level...at least, not that anyone's seen yet.

    Anyway, that was my attempt to respond to such an immature post as this one.

  • Sam | February 27, 2014 9:09 PM

    Hands down, Jennifer stole every scene she was in! Lupita not so much, I mean I felt bad for her character but it could've been anyone with the right make up on.

  • Rita | February 23, 2014 8:06 PM

    She's overrated. Lupita deserves it more. Jennifer acts all her role the same.

  • Jay | February 23, 2014 1:35 AM

    "But come to think of it, Lawrence can absolutely do what Lupita did in 12YS (make-up can turn her black just like when she turned blue on X-men) and deliver a great performance."- I must be crazy...did you honestly just say that?

  • gabe | February 22, 2014 4:33 PM

    "But come to think of it, Lawrence can absolutely do what Lupita did in 12YS (make-up can turn her black just like when she turned blue on X-men)" This must have been reasoned through by someone in their early twenties...

  • James | February 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    Excellent post! I thought I was the only one who noticed the nose-scratching of a thing as Rosalyn's "trademark". Lawrence did it in the first scene and at the dinner with Renner, Bale.
    She was fantastic throughout. But her best scene IMO is the bedroom scene with Bale...she displayed acting range there...shifting from being dumb to actually getting your sympathy and then back to being silly in a hilarious tone. Her science oven scene and dinner scene with Jack Huston are close second.

    I wouldn't mind her winning. ..she's the best in this category.

  • James | February 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    Excellent post! I thought I was the only one who noticed the nose-scratching of a thing as Rosalyn's "trademark". Lawrence did it in the first scene and at the dinner with Renner, Bale.
    She was fantastic throughout. But her best scene IMO is the bedroom scene with Bale...sheddisplayed range there...shifting from being dumb to actually getting your sympathy and then back to being silly in a hilarious tone. Her science oven scene and dinner scene with Jack Huston are close second.

    I wouldn't mind her winning. ..she's the best in this category.

  • Travis | February 20, 2014 7:37 PMReply

    Didn't anyone here see Nebraska?!?!?!?
    Out of all the nominees the one who took me by great surprise was June Squibb! She stole all her scenes! Lawrence was pretty good, but she was not to far away from the same character she played in Silver Linings Playbook. Lupita was great in 12 Years A Slave, but lacking in a Oscar stealing scene over the lead actor, I've scene this tragic style performance before in films like The Color Purple. She played a tortured slave very well, but there wasn't more to see of her in the film.
    June Squibb all the way!
    If your gonna fight over who's better to win, Lawrence or Lupita, see the other nominees. They just as great, if not better!

  • ANS | February 20, 2014 12:10 AMReply

    I wish people weren't just talking about these two. I'd rather see Squibb or Hawkins get it. Hawkins is my number one pick.

  • James | February 19, 2014 2:37 PMReply

    I just saw '12 years a slave'. I can confidently say Jennifer Lawrence gave the better performance. She switches from being emotional to silly and delivers her lines in a perfect manner. While Lupita has the better or oscar-baity role, Jennifer gave the better performance.

    I would rank Sally Hawkins behind Jennifer, ahead of Lupita IMO. Let's see who the academy bestows the honour but I have a feeling Jennifer would win...to the dismay of ppl who think she would be overlooked cos she won last yr.

  • CIAN | February 19, 2014 8:28 AMReply

    I've seen both of these films and I honestly don't know who should win. Both performances are different and amazing. Lupita definetely was a huge breakthrough and she was heartbreaking, and 12 Years a slave was a better movie than AH but Lawrence brought happiness, comedy and sadness to AH, making it better... I don't know, I love Jennifer because she's awesome but I'd be happy either way.

  • dan | February 18, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA! LUPITA!

  • talia | February 17, 2014 1:04 PMReply

    I personally don't think Jennifer will win as don't think any actor/actress in the history of the academy awards has ever one back to back awards for two different acting categories. Although, think one or two have won back to back awards in the same acting category.

  • Gain | February 17, 2014 10:50 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o are officially in a catfight.
    I hope this would split to ballots and then any of the other three nominees could win.I have seen all of the five films,Squibb,Roberts and Hawkins were way better than Lawrence and Nyong'o,with Hawkins being the best while Nyong'o being the weakest of the line up.

  • YUMIKO | February 17, 2014 9:04 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence just won the BAFTA now the Oscar has become more interesting. JLaw also won the Golden Globe while Lupita got the SAG and Critics Choice.

  • Jane | March 2, 2014 6:42 PM

    BAFTA'S don't mean anything when it comes to showing who gets the Oscar just saying , cause notice Matthew McConaughey wasn't even nominated and he has won everything all year .

  • Juan | February 16, 2014 10:01 PMReply

    Jennifer didn't show up because she is filming mockingjay. Plus I think her PR team is smart enough to not have her campaigning since every time she wins an award she gets undeserved backlash.
    I personally want Lupita to win because I want Jennifer to win for another role, even though I do think she is deserving in this one. In my dreams it will be a tie on Oscar night.

  • Jules | February 16, 2014 8:37 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence has been filming Mockingjsy on a very strict schedule (especially after the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman) so, that's why Lawrence hasn't been as visible. I do agree that Lawrence may feel as though she doesn't need this award. Lawrence has also publicly supported Nyong'o so I really hope the media as well as overzealous fans don't pit them against each other...well, they already have I guesd but it dhouldn't get too out of hand.

  • Jules | February 16, 2014 8:45 PM

    Jeez...sorry for the spelling errors.

  • M. | February 16, 2014 8:29 PMReply

    @Jay: Calm down dude.

  • Talie | February 16, 2014 8:27 PMReply

    Lawrence doesn't have to campaign at this point... she's too much of a megastar -- you can't escape her presence. At this point, voters either like her enough to give it to her or they will give it to Lupita.

  • Dev | February 16, 2014 8:03 AMReply

    @Jay: Yikes!....calm down. It's just an award for Christs sakes. Personally, I think Lupita Nyong'o's performance has been WAAAY over praised....overrated to the max.

  • Green | March 2, 2014 9:20 AM

    @Sam. What else do you think a slave so brutally tortured as Lupita's character should do, smart-talk the slave owner? Lupita made her character absolutely believable and tragic; whether you thought it was boring or not, her emotion is what made her role so amazing. There's only a few other actresses I know of who have had such a powerful emotional performance, and Jennifer, while I love her acting, isn't one of them.

    And lastly, Jennifer DID cry a bit in "American Hustle," so what makes her performance interesting for you that didn't for Lupita's? :)

  • Sam | February 27, 2014 9:22 PM

    @Jay. It's your opinion but many think Jennifer was better. Movie was ok, not great but acting was awesome. Lupita cried through her role, boring.

  • Green | February 16, 2014 7:42 PM

    I love how everyone says that Lupita's performance is overrated, but not Jennifer Lawrence's. 90% of the time J-Law deserves the love, but AH has got to be the most overrated film of the year, her part in it included. In my opinion, Lupita deserves the Oscar this year; Jennifer's got plenty of other films down the line that will be more award-deserving anyway.

  • Jay | February 16, 2014 8:36 AM

    And I think Lawrence's performance is WAAY overrated...to the MAX...and I was voicing my opinion. Lupita for the win! And I'm not going to be "calm" when there have been countless times when the OSCAR went to less deserving performances.

  • M as in EM | February 16, 2014 7:57 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence for the win!!. I'm rooting for Lawrence.

  • Denny J | February 14, 2014 5:34 PMReply

    Should win: Julia Roberts (and I don't even care for her)
    Will win: Lupita Nyongo (She was terrific and I'm OK with her taking it home).
    Should be here: Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulsen
    Should not be here: Jennifer Lawrence (Really like her but seriously, she had more accents in AH than Meryl Streep has had in all her movies combined)

  • Hkaz | February 13, 2014 12:18 PMReply

    As much as I totally adore Jennifer Lawrence! I was so proud of her winning Best Actress last year.

    Sorry this goes to Lupita Nyong’o, I still need to watch 12 years a slave. EVERYONE call tell by one clip how heartbreaking it is to watch it, so much emotion! I don't think no one can compare it to the other supporting actress. I'm happy who have been nominated but please ACADEMY It would be amazing to see her win, a FIRST Oscar on her FIRST film. Would be brilliant and I feel inspired by her, such a charming stunning lady. I see through her talent that her future is that bright, looking forward to what she does next to be honest.

    Juila Roberts, I love watching her films growing up and inspired by her to this day to actually being nominated in our generation of different actors, an old face ( in a good way) at the Oscars is refreshing because when she won years ago I didn't watch it cos I was not much of a award-buff and very young to know it now I am and see who these stars take onstage. She's still looks dazzling and every inch of a fine ladyyyy

  • Sam | February 27, 2014 9:44 PM

    So, you didn't see the movie but think Lupita should win. I think she will win. She played a slave in the movie about slaves. Can not see why she will not win. And why Jennifer should win second time? Who cares if she was better or not. Lupita for president... I mean Oscar.

  • Jay | February 13, 2014 2:22 AMReply

    I CAN'T BELIEVE people are saying ANYONE but LUPITA should win this Oscar. Jennifer's performance doesn't even compare. Lupita gave one of the most heartbreaking performances I have ever seen in my life. In fact, I'll go as far to say one of the most heartbreaking performances in cinematic history (in my opinion). I literally couldn't stop crying for her. I could feel her pain, a true testament to a BRILLIANT performance. I don't understand how people can even say her role wasn't as complex as Lawrence's. PLEASE! The woman was begging Solomon to drown her in the river!!!!! That's as "complex" as it can get! And oh my Jesus...when she fainted at the end because she realized her only hope in that dreadful environment was leaving her...I died! For that scene and the whipping scene (especially) alone should garner her the golden statue. I don't care what anyone says, if Lupita freakin Nyongo does not take home that oscar...it would be a travesty and the Academy would be a joke. And 12 Years better win Best Picture too. It has no other true competition! My opinion.

  • Don | February 21, 2014 10:04 AM

    Jay, I think they were both fantastic. And I'm routing for Lupita because I think she needs the win more. To this point, Lupita hasn't gotten another role and Jennifer is already a megastar.
    However, the award is for the best performance and I think Jennifer should win on merit. Jennifer was more dimensional: she was funny, emotional, cruel, conniving, and vulnerable. Her best scene was the "Science Oven" where she modified the rhythm of her speech for comedic effect. You can't teach that sense of timing! You either have it or you don't. As for Lupita, she was very gritty but one dimensional. I wonder if people are reacting more to the actions that happened to her character rather than Lupita's interpretation. And finally, Lupita is the 3rd character most important character (after Ejiofor and Fassbender) for the success of 12 YaS story. Jennifer, in a supporting role, was the most important character for AH. It doesn't work without her.

  • No | February 16, 2014 6:37 PM

    Nyongo gave one of the best performances of the year, and it certainly outshines Lawrence's. However, I would be very, very surprised if 12 Years A Slave won for best picture. I don't think the Academy or America is ready for that despite electing a black president. But I have been wrong before. I think the film will win, though, for best screenplay.

  • Nettie | February 11, 2014 9:40 AMReply

    I think Lupita is really talented but you can't let her win because you think this is the only chance for her to have an Oscar, the award should go to the person who deserves it most base on overall impact and performance. I mean you have to win because you're good not because they think you don't have another shot at winning, I think that's not fair to Lupita. Honestly, I am rooting for Jennifer but if Lupita wins that will be fine, but I don't want people saying that she win because this is her only chance, I want people to give credit to her performance. I still think JLaw is amazing as Rosalyn in American Hustle though, so I'm still rooting for her!

  • suleiman | February 10, 2014 12:42 PMReply

    Honestly I would love to see lupita win but this is jlaw's oscar.and julia roberts might win because she was actually leading and had more screen time

  • Pato | February 10, 2014 9:55 AMReply

    Hard... very good performances. I believe that, Lupita's role, as that of jennifer, and also that of Julia... They give many possibility to the actor of interpreting... But Sally Hawkins 's role? It is necessary to be a very good actress to stand out with a personage of so low profile...
    Sorry for my bad english, The love to the cinema can with me...

  • whatever... | February 7, 2014 4:45 PMReply

    As long as it is not Julia Roberts! DISGUSTING!

  • Lizzy | February 4, 2014 5:37 PMReply

    Jennifer gave the best performance out of the nominees with the most interesting, complex role.

  • Lucas Silva | February 1, 2014 10:25 AMReply

    I really love Jennifer, but i think Lupita wins. But don't agree to disparage the work, and premiums accrued by Jennifer, why were deserved. The two were incredible, any one who win is why it deserves. And if Jennifer lose, i will not fail to follow and love her job, so that she will have many other chances (i think next year she have chances for best actress for Serena)

  • Louric Rankine | January 31, 2014 12:45 AMReply

    Ugh. Jennifer Lawrence is so overrated. People only like that film because it was just too crazy. By the way, this film was only funny amongst rich white people. I have not seen One person that is not caucasian show a liking in this film. Best Supporting Actress means that you are featured in this role to appeal to people of all realms. Lupita has been great to all realms, while Jennifer was only loved by a certain group of races. She was not even THAT good. I mean she can't even do a great accent...Where was Margot Robbie? Margot Robbie was SO MUCH BETTER than JLaw. SO MUCH BETTER. JLaw is a great actress--only when she is doing independent film.

    So much robbery in life.
    CHIWETEL AND LUPITA ARE BEING ROBBED HORRIBLY.

    Two cheap performances have been awarded and this shows that it is all about HOW FAMOUS you are instead of how great of an actor you have displayed. Thank God we have a Month to go...

    12 Years should win Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design & Best Production Design,

    But of course it might only win Adapted Screenplay being that slave films don't do so well at Oscars.

  • Don | February 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    Louric, I'm an Afro-American and I think Jennifer's performance was better, but I agree with you about Jennifer's accent. Jennifer showed more dimensions to her character: she was funny, emotional, cruel, conniving, and vulnerable. Lupita was fantastic, but she was one-dimensional. And you want to talk about great actresses? Jennifer has won major awards for several genres: drama, comedy, action and romance and she's only 23! Lupita may get there someday, but right now no other person in the World has Jennifer Lawrence's stage presence.

  • I got this... | February 7, 2014 4:46 PM

    you sound like an ignorant racist.

  • Gain | January 31, 2014 1:00 PM

    Btw Before Midnight SHOULD win adapted screenplay.If there's one category I don't want 12 Years a Slave to win,that's adapted screenplay.It's time to give the credit this fantastic movie series deserves.
    12 YAS could win the rest of the categories,preferably supporting actor since Fassy is always perfect

  • Gain | January 31, 2014 12:57 PM

    I'm Asian,not just a Caucasian living in Asia,but a Taiwanese,and I can tell you that I like American Hustle.Duh!
    Anyway I want Hawkins or Roberts to win.I think Hustle is beautifully-acted and very well-done,but I'm fine with it not winning anything,since there are stronger contenders in almost each category.I won't be mad if it won some though.

  • gm7284 | January 29, 2014 11:36 AMReply

    Bradley Cooper more than carried SLP and he didnt win but Jeniifer did.....so. BTW when your character is given zingers and funny lines along with camp its not hard to steal a movie.

  • Ivan | January 29, 2014 3:31 AMReply

    I'm very sorry that I still didn't watch Nebraska, but what I've seen from other movies- Scarlett can not get nom for voice, especially because Lupita was fantastic and Julia Roberts was even better. I mean, to "steal the show" from Meryl Streep (who was absolutely fantastic) is the hardest task, but she did it. Anything else would be big surprise and undeserved. I would still like to see Oprah in nominees. Very nice role for non-actor

  • Jay | January 28, 2014 1:03 PMReply

    Lupita deserves it in my opinion. Truly truly deserves it. I don't see why there's such an argument. Even if she didn't deserve it, the Academy is not going to give a 23 year old Jennifer Lawrence back-to-back Oscars when some of the most brilliant actors alive have never won once let alone be nominated. LUPITA FOR THE WIN!

  • Lunatic. | February 16, 2014 7:12 PM

    That's exactly what bothers (not sure if it's the word) me about Jennifer Lawrence's nomination this year (which she does deserve imo). I do think she's super talented and funny, plus I reeeally liked her in AH. But another win after she just won an oscar? My answer would be: Not like this, and not right now; mostly because it feels like a marketing attempt more than anything.

  • Gain | January 28, 2014 8:34 AMReply

    Hawkins and Roberts have my votes,but either JLaw or N'yongo is gonna win

  • Luke | January 28, 2014 2:10 AMReply

    I can't take anything away from Nyong'o's performance. She delivered a tragic portrayal of a broken and beaten woman, and she sold it terrifically. However, the problem I have with her winning is that she didn't steal the show. This was Chiwetel's and Fassbender's movie. Actually, for the longest time I believed Fassbender deserved the Oscar for Supporting Actor (until I watched Dallas Buyers Club). If neither of them win Oscars, then in no way does Nyong'o deserve one over them.

    That being said, the difference between Nyong'o and Lawrence is that Lawrence DID steal the show. She was a riot; wild, spontaneous, and without a doubt the best part of the movie, even over actors such as Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams. I hated her in this movie more than I felt sorry for Nyong'o, she sold her character just THAT much better than Nyong'o, and to me, that warrants an Oscar in that. But that's one man's opinion.

  • Green | January 30, 2014 10:30 PM

    Actually, according to most people/critics Amy Adams was the one who stole the show in American Hustle. I love Jennifer as much as the next person, but AH was probably her weakest performance in all her work since she became famous, and in no way does it seem like she should get this Oscar over Lupita.

  • gm7284 | January 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    Bradley Cooper more than carried SLP and he didnt win but Jeniifer did.....so. BTW when your character is given zingers and funny lines along with camp its not hard to steal a movie.

  • Buns | January 26, 2014 3:49 PMReply

    I think Lupita's performance was overrated. She did well but I mean come on all the hype is because of the character and the movie. Also people still have it stuck in their heads that drama is way harder than comedy. Even actors have admitted that comedy is way harder. Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor stole that movie, and dont say ''Lupita didnt have as much screen time to showcase her talent''. Jennifer Lawrence did not have as much screen time as experienced , amazing actors such as Bale,Adams,Renner and Cooper but she managed to steal the show. Her performance had something that Lupita's lacked , she is a scene stealer. I think she deserves to win the Oscar but, if Lupita beats her than thats okay because the Oscars are all down to opinion if Lupita wins it just means the majority of the Academy chose her. It wont change the way I see her performance. Although I highly doubt the academy are going to give the 23 year old back to back wins. Jennifer Lawrence for the win!

  • Janice Davis | January 25, 2014 9:14 PMReply

    Oops, sorry. My mistake on Amy Adams on supporting actress. She's best actress nominee this year. On the Golden Globes this year, she won supporting actress in film. She should have been supporting actress and not actress, but she just happened to be in the 2014 lead actress category in the switch. Excuse me. Thanks.

  • Shoes | January 30, 2014 6:27 PM

    Amy Adams won best actress in a comedy.

  • Janice Davis | January 25, 2014 8:45 PMReply

    Amy Adams deserves this Oscar, because she was nominated few other times before, and has not yet won. Please give her a chance to let this be her year to finally win.

  • Marcio | January 24, 2014 5:37 PMReply

    Come on, Lupida? Lawrence? No way. Julia Roberts did a great job, a lots better than these two together.

  • Arran | January 24, 2014 10:47 AMReply

    Will win: Lupita Nyong’o in "12 Years a Slave"
    Could win: Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle" (I'm not betting on her, though. 2 Oscars consecutively? Fat chance.)
    Should win: Lupita Nyong’o in "12 Years a Slave"
    Shoulda been here: NOprah Winfrey in "The Butler"

  • JPH | January 24, 2014 6:09 AMReply

    Julia Roberts gave the best performance out of the 5 and she deserves to win her second Oscar. Not enough people have seen August: Osage County, look at the box office, if they had Roberts would at the top of the list.

  • Sadie | January 20, 2014 9:30 PMReply

    I love me some Jennifer Lawrence as much as the next guy but in all honesty, I don't think that anyone over the age of 21 truly believes that she was better than Lupita Nyong'o. And no, winning the Golden Globe doesn't really make her a fruntrunner. Everyone knows the GGs are bullshit.

  • Jay | January 20, 2014 8:12 PMReply

    I was so upset when Lupita didn't win the GG. But I'm so happy things turned around when she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association award and the SAG. I REALLY REALLY REALLY hopes she wins the Oscar. I really hope this isn't another Meryl vs. Viola. It's horrible that I have to say this but who knows when Lupita will ever get another Oscar nomination? It's a shame that Hollywood is like that. But Jennifer Lawrence will get nominated again in no time. But even in spite of that, I think Lupita truly DESERVES it. I don't believe Jennifer is better than her in American Hustle. And no, Lupita's performance is not even slightly overrated. Her scenes in 12 Years in Slave are heartbreaking and brilliant. She deserves the Oscar and I hope the Academy makes the right decision. If they give it to you Lawrence, I can assure you it's only because they wanted to make "history". The Academy loves to play those silly games. They do what they want to do when they want to do it, despite deserving performances.

  • Juan | January 20, 2014 5:07 PMReply

    Lupita gave a truly emotional and compelling performance, but at times her acting seemed theatrical to me. I feel like sometimes she wasn't "lost in her character" and thought too much before delivering her lines. Anyway its an amazing performance. In my opinion Jennifer should win because she showed a wider range in her role and, too me, she was more iconic as Rosalyn. But Lupita is very deserving herself so her winning wouldn't annoy me.

  • Dave | January 24, 2014 2:06 AM

    AGREE! JLaw should win!

  • Gabe | January 22, 2014 3:33 PM

    .........Jennifer Lawrence was the most theatrical nominee in this categorie.

  • AY | January 19, 2014 3:45 AMReply

    Hmmm...congrats to Lupita on winning the SAG. But in all truth, Jennifer was better! In terms of acting...not the role itself. It reminds me of Emmanuelle Riva vs Jlaw last year.

    I still think Jennifer would win the Oscar despite her sole GG win. It would just be like the Meryl Streep vs Viola Davis thingy...where the latter won Critics Choice and SAG but Meryl grabbed the GG and Oscar for 'Iron Lady'! And I agreed that Meryl was actually better!

    Jlaw for the win!

  • Xochilt | January 18, 2014 12:08 AMReply

    Yes Lupita' performance is overrated. Chiwitel stole that movie! And I do know that for sure Jennifer will win the oscar, com'on it's JLaw the academy will want to make history and Jennifer's performance in American hustle outshined everyone else. "And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture goes to... Jennifer Lawrence, american hustle." (:

  • Rachel | January 18, 2014 12:01 AMReply

    Yes I very much think Lupita's performance was overrated. The movie was great but Chiwitel (however you spell his name) stole the movie! Jennifer Lawrence will for sure win the Oscar the academy loves her and in my opinion JLaw in American Hustle outshined everyone else! She will make history, being the youngest ever to win back to back Oscars. Yay!!!! (:

  • Felipe | January 17, 2014 12:10 PMReply

    Thank you all who are saying Lupita's performance is overrated. I thought I was the only one who thought that way. I really think Lawrence is the best in this category. If Nyong'o win, okay, it wouldn't be my choice but it wouldn't be bad. But it will be better if Jennifer win.

  • Jordan | January 17, 2014 1:27 AMReply

    We all know that Jennifer Lawrence is an overrated actor. Just like last year with the golden globes and oscars, people are complaining about her winning the golden globe. Even thought she clearly didnt deserve them. Shes just not that talented. But she is the "In-thing" right now in a association that votes purely by popularity and press junkets. So let her be used as the press peach pie and when until she is dried up...which will most likely be after the end of the hunger games. Lupita is a Yale acting graduate with a huge range of skills. Unlike Jennifer, she will be here for a while, why?....because shes EARNED it.

  • ck | January 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    You are completely right. This is the first time i have ever seen a comment like this. Thank you so much for saying this.

  • Rachel | January 18, 2014 12:03 AM

    Oh shuuuuttt uuuppp, shut up!