Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Pittsburgh City Paper Writer Al Hoff Weighs in on the Oscar Buzz

The Academy Awards are right around the corner, Sunday March 2nd to be exact. There’s plenty of speculation about who’s likely to win, along with conversation about who's worthy of the awards.

Al Hoff is our movie contributor and a film critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She's parsed through the top Oscar contenders and says based on critic responses, the two favorites in many categories are American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave.

"American Hustle's something of a mystery to me. It's a movie I completely enjoyed watching, I thought it was a lot of fun, very entertaining. But I was a little mystified about why it racked up so many Academy Award nominations to be honest...I think people just sort of got swept up in the fun of it, and the goofiness and the wigs and the wide collars."