Verily Editors' Oscar Picks

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BEST PICTURE: American Hustle

Some of the films up for best picture this year were feats in special effects like Gravity, or have plots of immense social import like 12 Years a Slave, or are incisively thought-provoking for our times like Her. But there stands alone one film that was a piece of art from start to finish, both in its human elements and its design, the fullness of which viewers were kept from knowing until its final scenes. With outstanding acting, pace, and sheer entertainment value, I would say the Oscar goes to American Hustle. —Mary Rose, culture editor

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Seeing as Cate Blanchett has cleaned up so far this awards season, my Oscar pick for Best Actress is less of a “who will win” than a “who do I want to win” kind of vote. And I am all-in for Amy Adams fangirldom. As her four previous Oscar nominations indicate, Adams can act. She was marvelous as a fairytale princess, as Mickey Ward’s woman, and here as the conwoman-mistress. She delivers complexity, emotion, and the right amount of comedy to a kookie film. And she’s the only one in this insanely stacked race without an Oscar. So, c’mon Academy. Do the right thing. —Kara, editor-in-chief

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

I absolutely loved Jennifer Lawrence as a crazy lonely housewife in American Hustle. Her character is soooo flawed and so lovable at the same time! Had the part of Rosalyn been played by anyone else I’m not sure viewers would have fallen as deeply in love. Lawrence really gets under your skin in the kind of way that makes you want to hug her and strangle her at the same time. I loved her performance so much that after the film was over I wished there was a Jennifer Lawrence highlight reel from the film just so I could see all of her zany antics again. Oh and “You’re welcome!” —Jane, art director

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Frozen

After a steady diet of some pretty flimsy fairytale romance, Disney finally makes good with a love story that makes all the other Disney princesses blush. Frozen dazzles us with music born for Broadway, witty undertones for adult amusement, and the best part yet? A love story that doesn't culminate with the heroine marrying a complete stranger off the street! Frozen casts aside the formulaic princess-movie genre by adding a little magic to the much neglected theme of self-sacrificial love—while delicately and humorously moving romantic love to the subplot. —Monica, relationships editor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Costume designer Catherine Martin’s work captured and complimented this purposely opulent and gaudy rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel set in New York City’s roaring and revolutionary 1920s. Martin’s husband and the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann instructed Catherine’s designs not to fall into stereotypical nostalgia for the 1920s of stringy pearls and boas, but rather to communicate the revolutionary cultural movement of the time. The sheer immensity of the costumes’ impact; the continual stream of rich glitz, piles of jewels and textures, impeccable tailoring, and gauzy silks was enough to overwhelm but also inspire awe at the thoroughness and thoughtfulness put into each design. —Janet, style editor

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Let it Go” (Frozen)

The song “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen is as record-breaking as the film itself, which broke box office gross sales of $350 million in a single run. Even two months since its release, Frozen‘s soundtrack recently held the #1 spot on Billboard for 3 consecutive weeks, a feat no other theatrically released song has achieved in over a decade. Dubbed in 25 languages by top artists, and group-karaoked in over 1,000 theaters nationwide since the sing-along version released on January 31, this hardcore Disney fan is letting go and betting on an Oscar win. —Krizia, lifestyle editor