Behrend Reacts: What would you like to see win Best Picture at the Oscars and why?


By Steve Orbanek
Marketing Communications Specialist, Penn State Behrend

Gather your snacks, pop some corn, and find a comfy seat on the couch for the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Best Picture category looks to be a three-horse race between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle. Other nominees include: Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

We asked students which movie they thought should win:

Kara Drapcho

Kara Drapcho, sophomore, Nutrition: “I would say American Hustle because it was funny, action-packed, and had a little bit of everything.”

Jim Shaver

Jim Shaver, freshman, Math Education: “American Hustle because out of all the nominees, that’s the one I’ve heard the most about.”

Charissa Ford

Charissa Ford, freshman, Finance: “Out of all of the nominees, I’ve heard the most about Gravity, but if I could choose one to watch, I’d probably choose 12 Years a Slave.”

Tina Rexhepi

Tina Rexhepi, freshman, Nursing: “I haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street, but I’ve heard people comment on how good it is.”

Jeffrey Memnon

Jeffrey Memnon, junior, Finance: “Wolf of Wall Street because it’s based on a true story and based on financial stuff, which is fun and interesting.”

Rebekah Protulipac

Rebekah Protulipac, freshman, Biology: “Wolf of Wall Street because it depicted Wall Street pretty accurately.”

Rayna Ganabathi

Rayna Ganabathi, sophomore, Communication: “It’s really tough because I really loved 12 Years a Slave and Wolf of Wall Street. I would be happy with anything but American Hustle. I just was not impressed with it.”

Mina Mikar

Mina Makar, senior, Mechanical Engineering: “I would say Her because it’s so genuine.”

Tyler Marweg

Tyler Marweg, sophomore, International Business and Economics: “Wolf of Wall Street because it always had me on the edge of my seat, and it provided insight on what Wall Street is really like.”

Austin Martini

Austin Martini, sophomore, History: “Wolf of Wall Street because it was the best bro-Bible movie ever.”

Casey Labuda

Casey Labuda, freshman, Nursing: “Wolf of Wall Street because Leonardo DiCaprio is hot.”

Behrend Reacts is a regular Thursday feature at the Behrend Blog that tries to get the campus pulse on a current topic, whether it’s serious or trivial. If you have a question to suggest for Behrend Reacts, please email Steve Orbanek at

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