A surefire Oscar for...


The awards season is in full swing with the recently held Golden Globe Awards and Grammys.

And of course, there’s the much-anticipated 86th Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars. 2013 was a great year for cinema, be it for the technical glory of Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’, David O Russell’s star-studded ‘American Hustle’, British director Stephen Frears’ ‘Philomena’ or the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s latest offering ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

Over the course of an intense group discussion, a few self-proclaimed film buffs present their views on the choice of nominees and who they believe should win the big titles this year.

Real scenario

Lydia Prasad, final-year BCom, Jyoti Nivas College, says, “I think that Matthew McConaughey should win for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ because he brings out a very real situation of how AIDS patients used to be treated and their need to survive. Leonardo was equally good in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ but Matthew’s role is what the present generation should know about. Jared Leto should win ‘Best Supporting Actor’ because he’s portrayed a transgender in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. He has come out of his comfort zone and done a brilliant job.”

Triumphant act

Chaitra Pathange, final-year BA, Jyoti Nivas College, says, “I don’t think ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ will win. Though Leo has acted well, the film is overrated and has been done before. Amy Adams acted brilliantly in ‘American Hustle’ and is a combination of beauty and brains. There are flaws in other actresses in the category but she fits her role beautifully.”

Lively performance

Sheba Sam, final-year BCom, Jyoti Nivas College, says, “I think Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar for his lively performance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. It’s about time that he got the credit he deserves for his contribution to cinema. I would vouch for Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’ because her acting was the only thing that kept such a slow-paced movie going.”

True portrayal

Pooja Ponnappa, final-year BCom, Jyoti Nivas College, shares, “I think that ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is a Best Picture frontrunner. The portrayal of a true story was done in such a bold way in that the film would make anyone on the road wish that he or she was a stockbroker too. It also showed the transition from riches to rags very well. I feel that Leonardo DiCaprio deserves the Best Actor award because his performance overpowered all the others’ in the category.”

Great ‘Hustle’

Geraldine Wilson, second-year BA, Jyoti Nivas College, opines, “I think ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ should win because it’s a well-made film about an AID survivor and the search for a cure. Some of the actors really underwent transformations for the role and it’s deserving of the Oscar. The other option is ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, which was equally enjoyable because it’s in your face and full of profanity and brilliant dialogues. In actresses, I want Jennifer Lawrence to win for ‘American Hustle’ (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) because she’s pulled off such a tough role despite being so young.”
Rohini Kejriwal

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