These are the overarching themes, as I see them, going into Oscar nomination morning:
- I am not expecting American Hustle to sweep the acting categories. It’s possible, but I’m predicting that Christian Bale isn’t able to squeak in in the toughest category in years.
- I still expect 12 Years a Slave to lead the nominations. It’ll get three acting, Best Picture, director, cinematography, and some miscellaneous sound ones I can’t ever keep straight. At minimum.
- If it doesn’t, it’ll be American Hustle, and the nation itself will weep.
- Gravity will be in the mix as the second or third most nominated movie.