Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an internationally recognized scholar of film history, theory and criticism.
Here are a few of his thoughts about the 86th Annual Academy Awards, to air March 2 on ABC:
– “It continues to amaze me how few people understand that this isn’t some sort of national poll of either critics or audiences; it’s an industry event.”
– “Directing will go to Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Gravity,’ though Steve McQueen for ‘12 Years a Slave’ is a strong contender, and in my opinion should get the nod.”
– “Best Actor to Matthew McConaughey for ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ but Bruce Dern is a strong favorite for ‘Nebraska,’ now that Robert Redford is out of the running. Best Actress to Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine,’ which seems to me pretty much a lock.”
– Other “locks:” “12 Years A Slave”‘ for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Best Animated Feature to “Frozen.”
– To be taken with “a huge grain of salt:” – Best Supporting Actress is a three-way toss-up between Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle;” Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave;” and June Squibb, “Nebraska.” Best Original Screenplay is too close to call, though “Nebraska”’s Bob Nelson has a decent shot.
– Thomas Vinterberg’s superb film “The Hunt” should win Best Foreign Language Film, though this category continues to rankle. “To pick simply one film to represent the entire world is really a suspect enterprise.”
For more details, visit Dixon’s “Frame By Frame” blog:
To contact Dixon for an interview, reach him at 402.472-6064 or firstname.lastname@example.org