THE ACTRESS: An Oscar winner who’s made a career playing hard-charging women
The bare-bones filmmaking [on Gravity] was complicated and lengthy, and you don't see any of that [on screen]. You see this effortless, simple, and beautiful story unfold. It's what makes Gravity rise above the rest.
DIRECTOR: Alexander Payne, Nebraska
This one is difficult. I like to see the director's hand. I can see [American Hustle director] David O. Russell working with the actors, and I like that. With [Gravity's] Alfonso Cuarón, his use of film is so sophisticated. But how much you can do simply is really exciting to me, so I'm going to end up marking Alexander Payne.
ACTRESS:Amy Adams, American Hustle
Amy Adams gives one hell of a performance. She has an extraordinary range and she got David [O. Russell] to use that range, and it's just flat-out great acting. She's in it every moment.
ACTOR : Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
It's such a bold, brave performance. And to shoot that movie in 25 days, it's awesome to do. It's incredibly intense, it's little time for preparation you're just working the whole way through it.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
I've always adored Sally Hawkins. For me, it's the performance that has the depth, the importance, and the shine. And she had to work with Mr. Woody Allen that's another reason I'm going to check the box for Sally.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
It seems like the most difficult of the roles. Jared [Leto] does a great job, but I've always felt male actors like to put on a dress and have some fun. Fassbender has the acting chops. He gave it his all.