The Academy Awards are our absolute favorite awards of the year, where the Hollywood elite come together and are recognized for their amazing roles in the year’s most outstanding films. And this year’s Oscars may be the best yet. The heavy-hitters are back (Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence), and some fresh faces may just steal the show (Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender)! We are so excited for the big event that we have chosen our front-runners, and put together our ultimate predictions for who will be taking home that coveted statue!

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Best Picture – Dallas Buyers Club vs. 12 Years a Slave

As two of the most emotionally-driven, well-acted, simply heart-breaking movies of the year, it is no wonder they are the top contenders for Best Picture. Both are stories of men fighting for their lives, for their freedom, and the overpowering will to just live. With all-star casts and This is going to be a tough choice, but our money is on Dallas Buyers Club.

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Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) vs. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, a stubborn cowboy diagnosed with HIV, who finds a loophole in bringing necessary prescriptions to other suffering from the same illness. He is convincing and breath-taking, and our will to fight is as strong as his throughout the entire movie. Leo plays a narcissistic playboy, whose one driving force is money. He is crass and unapologetic, and all the while he is charming and captivating, and you can’t help but want to watch his plight. Who do we choose? Hands down – Matthew takes this one.

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Best Actress – Amy Adams (American Hustle) vs. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Amy Adams should win an Oscar for her hair alone, but really, she is absolutely stunning as Sydney Prosser, a con-woman extraordinaire. You may find yourself conflicted to be rooting for the bad guys, but Adams makes it look easy. Streep, the Golden Goddess of the Oscars, is perfection as Violet Weston, the matriarch of a sordid family, suffering from cancer, yet maintaining her wit and humility. She shines. Period. Our winner? Meryl Meryl Meryl.

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Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) vs. Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Jared Leto is hauntingly beautiful, and Michael Fassbender is just plain haunted. Leto plays Rayon, an HIV-positive, transgender woman struggling with a dark past and darker habits, while Michael Fassbender plays a ruthless slave owner that makes one cringe. This is one of the toughest categories, but Jared Leto has our vote.

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Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) vs. Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Jennifer Lawrence is back in the race, and it was no surprise to see her name on the ballot yet again! She was hilarious, lovely, and an absolute scene-stealer as Christian Bale’s wacky wife, Rosalyn Rosenfeld. Lupita Nyong’o, the beautiful newcomer, co-stars as Patsy, a slave tormented by her owner. While her scenes are often hard to watch, her strength is magnificent and we fell for her immediately. So who takes the gold for Best Supporting Actress? We are going with Lupita on this one.

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Best Animated Film – Frozen vs. Despicable Me

Okay okay. So we saw Frozen more times in theaters than we can count. But can you blame us?! Disney did it again with a heartwarming tale of true love, family, and adventure, full of laughs along the way, and we are total suckers for that kind of thing! Despicable Me 2 was hilarious, geared perfectly toward adults and kids alike, and we just can’t get enough of those minions! Who wins this cute-off? Frozen!

Best Original Song – “Let It Go” (Frozen) vs. “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

These two songs are on heavy rotation for us at LuLu*s, because whenever they are playing, we can’t help but dance! If we had our way, they would both take home the oscar, but since that can’t happen, we’re going to have to go with “Let It Go” as the victor!

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