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2014 Academy Awards Predictions

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Best Picture

People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Selma (2014)

1.


Boyhood is easily the most likely nominee at this point. It's been universally praised since it hit Sundance earlier this year. While I'm not entirely sure that it's got enough to win, it is, without a doubt, a lock for nomination.

2.


Birdman is also a total lock for this category, as well as several others.

3.


Selma just recently had it's premiere, and already its starting to look like a strong bet this awards season. The only reason I have it so low is because it hasn't gone into limited release yet, which really doesn't mean much more than audiences having yet seen it. Out of the top three, it is the only one I could honestly see winning.


4.


This is the Weinstein's big player this year, and with solid reviews, this feels pretty damn safe.

5.


Focus Features is a solid awards player, and a movie about Steven Hawking just screams OSCAR!!! Add in some strong reviews, and this is a likely, though not certain, contender.


6.


Gone Girl got strong reviews, and its been big at the box office, but this isn't a movie that usually gets noms. They do like David Fincher though, with his last three films racking up 26 total nominations, including two in this category (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network), so I feel it's got a strong shot, and ultimately makes the cut.

7.


It's getting really mixed reviews, but the material it's working with really falls in line with usual Oscar fare, so I'll stick with this until otherwise.

8.


Foxcatcher is dark and more dour than the Academy's usual favorites, but Bennett Miller's last two movies (Capote, Moneyball) both made it in, so I think it's got a strong shot. Also of note, the movie seems to be racking up the acting ensemble trophies, leading me to believe the actor's branch, which is the largest among voters, will embrace it.

9.


Whiplash is a smaller film, but it's getting some big support. I think it's close, but it's looking pretty good.

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Best Director

People who added this item 1026 Average listal rating (619 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

1.

Richard Linklater- Boyhood

The guy gave twelve years to the movie, and it came out wonderfully. As far as I'm concerned, he's gotta be the frontrunner here.

2.

Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Voters usually like when filmmakers go outside their comfort zone, and Iñárritu most definitely did that. Going from an incredibly bleak movie like Biutiful to this, and more importantly doing it well, is quite the achievement. Expect to see him in the top five.

3.

Ava DuVernay- Selma

Could we see two women make it in for the first time? It's looking likely. Selma's getting great reviews, and it likely the DuVernay rides that wave into the race.

4.

Morten Tyldum- The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game falls in line with Oscar types, so I think Tydlum makes it.

5.

Angelina Jolie- Unbroken

Unbroken is getting pretty mixed reviews at the moment, but it's still a pretty bait-y film, so I'm going with Jolie until other awards start to roll out.

Other Possibilities


6.

Bennett Miller- Foxcatcher


7.

Clint Eastwood- American Sniper


8.

David Fincher- Gone Girl


9.

Christopher Nolan- Interstellar


10.

Mike Leigh- Mr. Turner
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Best Actor

1.

Michael Keaton- Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Everybody loves a good comeback, and Keaton gave one for the ages. He's got the strongest narrative, and a very strong performance to boot. He's the early frontrunner.

2.

Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything

He's playing Steven Hawking. Duh. Aside from the very bait-y role, which is apparently incredible in, he charmed the hell out of people at an Oscar screening last month, and likability goes a long way.

3.

David Oyelowo- Selma

Like Redmayne, Oyelowo has a big historical figure, and apparently gives a powerhouse turn. Highly likely.

4.

Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game

Yet another historical figure, yet another Brit. Cumberbatch is very well liked, and is the lead in a best picture contender. While not the locks above, he's still got an incredibly strong chance.

5.

Steve Carell- Foxcatcher

In all honestly, it's highly probable that this is the five that we see in February. Carell is probably the only one here that's marginally iffy. Still, he's very likely to make it in. The Academy has always loved transformative performances, and the usually comedic Carell playing a schizophrenic murderer definitely fits that bill. It would take a lot to knock any of these guys out, but...

Other Possibilities


6.

Bradley Cooper- American Sniper


7.

Timothy Spall- Mr. Turner


8.

Oscar Isaac- A Most Violent Year


9.

Matthew McConaughey- Interstellar


10.

Jake Gyllenhaal- Nightcrawler
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Best Actress

People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5

1.

Julianne Moore- Still Alice

Look, I'm calling this early. Julianne Moore's winning this thing. She's been nominated several times without a win, some are calling this her best performance, and this category is relatively light this year (though there are strong performances). Bet on this.

2.

Reese Witherspoon- Wild

Witherspoon's having quite the comeback year. She's been getting great reviews here, and she's a producer on Gone Girl. She seems like a lock here.

3.

Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl

Another lock here. Pike has been around for a while, but she really broke out here as the the title character.

4.

Felicity Jones- The Theory of Everything

Yet another lock. Jones doesn't have as showy a part as her costar Eddie Redmayne, but it's still quite impressive, and in a weaker year, she seems solid.

5.

Hilary Swank- The Homesman

The fifth spot seems pretty much in the air at this point. I'm currently going with Swank because she's getting great notices, even from those who dislike the film, and she's an Academy favorite, she's won twice.

Other Possibilities


6.

Amy Adams- Big Eyes



7.

Marion Cotillard- The Immigrant


8.

Jennifer Aniston- Cake


9.

Shailene Woodley- The Fault in Our Stars


10.

Emily Blunt- Into the Woods
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Best Supporting Actress

People who added this item 1214 Average listal rating (768 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8

1.

Patricia Arquette- Boyhood

She appears to be the early favorite for her 12-year commitment. At the very least, she's the most likely nominee.

2.

Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game

Knightley has been doing some strong work lately, and seeing as she's got the Weinsteins' backing, I think she's a no-brainer here.

3.

Emma Stone- Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Stone goes well against type here, and she's got a couple strong scenes. I think she makes it in.

4.

Jessica Chastain- A Most Violent Year

While the film hasn't been released yet, all I've heard is praise for Chasatin, some even saying it's her best work. While I'm not a sure as I was with the above picks, I think she makes the cut (though here work in Interstellar could split votes here.

5.

Meryl Streep- Into the Woods

In a weaker year for the category, in Streep I trust.

Other Possibilities


6.

Laura Dern- Wild


7.

Carmen Ejogo- Selma


8.

Carrie Coon- Gone Girl


9.

Kristen Stewart- Still Alice


10.

Renee Russo- Nightcrawler
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Best Supporting Actor

People who added this item 1192 Average listal rating (862 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5

1.

J.K. Simmons- Whiplash

Simmons has been touted as the frontrunner since the movie premiered at Sundance, and doesn't look to be losing steam anytime soon.

2.

Edward Norton- Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

A lot of people felt that Norton stole the film; add in a lot of love for the film overall, and an overall since that he's due, he's a lock this year.

3.

Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher

Ruffalo's a higly respected actor, and his performance in Foxcatcher is considered the heart of an icy-cold pic. I think he's close to a lock.

4.

Ethan Hawke- Boyhood

There's just a hell of a lot of love for Boyhood, and Hawke's likable performance is a big part of that. In a weaker year for the category, he's in.

5.

Robert Duvall- The Judge

Here's where it gets tricky. Many different actors are vying for the No. 5 spot, but I'm going with Duvall here. The Judge wasn't really well-received, but he's a highly respected actor in a showy part.

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6.

Josh Brolin- Inherent Vice


7.

Tom Wilkinson- Selma


8.

Alec Baldwin- Still Alice


9.

Miyavi- Unbroken


10.

Chris Pine- Into the Woods
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Best Original Screenplay

1.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo- Birdman

Birdman is the frontrunner here, by a pretty wide margin in fact. The film is smart, funny, and very original.

2.

Damien Chazelle- Whiplash

The Original Screenplay category is usually where smaller, critically acclaimed movies really thrive, and Chazelle's script fits that bill.

3.

Ava Duvernay & Paul Webb- Selma

A Best Picture frontrunner with a solid script usually makes it in. Likely.

4.

Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness- The Grand Budapest Hotel

It's a tough year, but I think Hotel makes the cut. Anderson is one of the most unique cinematic voices out there, and the Screenplay usually honors unique stories.

5.

Richard Linklater- Boyhood

Most people have this higher, and their likely right, but I thought that Boyhood's script was the weakest part. Still, with the love this movie's getting, it'll probably make it in.

Other Possibilities


6. Mike Leigh- Mr. Turner
7. JC Chandor- A Most Violent Year
8. Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye- Foxcatcher
9. Chris Rock- Top Five
10. Dan Gilroy- Nightcrawler
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Best Adapted Screenplay

1.

Graham Moore- The Imitation Game

A Best Picture frontrunner, lock.

2.

Gillian Flynn- Gone Girl

Lock.

3.

Anthony McCarten- The Theory of Everything

Lock.

4.

Nick Hornby- Wild

After the top three here, things get fuzzy. I'll take Wild at four; it's getting strong reviews, and that's gotta mean something.

5.

Paul Thomas Anderson- Inherent Vice

While it did get fairly mixed reviews, P.T. Anderson is an Oscar favorite, and with a category as up in the air as this, I'll go with history for the moment.

Other Possibilities


6. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson- Unbroken
7. Jason Dean Hall- American Sniper
8. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland- Still Alice
9. Jon Stewart- Rosewater
10. Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Oliver, Miles Hood Swarthout- The Homesman
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Best Cinematography

People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Unbroken (2014)

1.

Emmanuel Lubezki- Birdman


2.

Roger Deakins- Unbroken


3.

Bradford Young- Selma



4.

Dick Pope- Mr. Turner


5.

Hoyte Van Hoytema- Interstellar


Other Possibilities


6.

Jeff Cronenweth- Gone Girl


7.

Benoit Delhomme- The Theory of Everything


8.

Roman Vasyanov- Fury


9.

Dion Beebe- Into the Woods


10.

Robert Elswit- Inherent Vice
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Best Score

People who added this item 1847 Average listal rating (1231 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Interstellar (2014)

1.

Hans Zimmer- Interstellar


2.

Johann Johannsson- The Theory of Everything


3.

Alexandre Desplat- The Imitation Game


4.

Alexandre Desplat- Unbroken


5.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross- Gone Girl



Other Possibilities


6. Alexandre Desplat- The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Thomas Newman- The Judge
8. Antonio Sanchez- Birdman
9. James Newton Howard- Maleficent
10. Marco Beltrami- The Homesman
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Best Animated Feature

People who added this item 1123 Average listal rating (775 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

1.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie was the biggest animated movie of 2014, and was a big hit critically too. Consider this the frontrunner.

2.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

While it wasn't the runaway hit most had anticipated, critics and audiences loved it, and the original still carries a lot of goodwill.

3.

Big Hero 6

Another virtual lock. Great reviews and ample box office make this likely.

4.

The Boxtrolls

While it wasn't the hit many were expecting, Laika animation is a big force in the category, and with only three locks here, it's looking good.

5.

Song of the Sea

There's always at least one surprise in this category, so I'll go with Song of the Sea as a spoiler. Don't ask me why though (I have no clue what it's about).

Other Possibilities


6.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya


7.

The Book of Life


8.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman


9.

Rocks in My Pockets


10.

The Penguins of Madagascar
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Best Song

People who added this item 477 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Begin Again (2013)

1.

"Lost Stars"- Begin Again


2.

"Everything Is Awesome"- The Lego Movie


3.

"Glory"- Selma


4.

"Mercy Is"- Noah


5.

"Split the Difference"- Boyhood


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6. "Miracles"- Unbroken
7. "What Is Love"- Rio 2
8. "Interrogation Song"- Muppets Most Wanted
9. "The Last Goodbye"- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
10. "Grateful"- Beyond the Lights
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Best Foreign Language Film

People who added this item 310 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

1.

Ida


2.

Mommy


3.

Leviathan


4.

Force Majeure


5.

Two Days, One Night


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6.

Winter Sleep


7.

Timbuktu


8.

Wild Tales


9.

White God


10.

Saint Laurent
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Best Editing

People who added this item 1477 Average listal rating (998 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
1. Sandra Adair- Boyhood
2. Douglas Crise- Birdman
3. Spencer Averick- Selma
4. William Goldenberg- The Imitation Game
5. Kirk Baxter- Gone Girl
Other Possibilities

6. William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres- Unbroken
7. Jinx Godfrey- The Theory of Everything
8. Dody Dorn- Fury
9. Joel Cox & Gary Roach- American Sniper
10. Barney Pilling- The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Best Sound Editing

1. Unbroken
2. Interstellar
3. Fury
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
5. Godzilla
Other Possibilities

6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7. Into the Woods
8. American Sniper
9. Transformers: Age of Extinction
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
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Best Sound Mixing

People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (452 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
1. Into the Woods
2. Unbroken
3. Fury
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
5. Interstellar
Other Possibilities

6. Get on Up
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
8. American Sniper
9. Godzilla
10. Birdman
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Best Costume Design

People who added this item 1248 Average listal rating (733 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Maleficent (2014)

1.

Colleen Atwood- Into The Woods


2.

Anna B. Sheppard- Maleficent


3.

Milena Canonero- The Grand Budapest Hotel


4.

Jacqueline Durran- Mr. Turner


5.

Janty Yates- Exodus: Gods and Kings


Other Possibilities


6.

Ruth E. Carter- Selma


7.

Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


8.

Colleen Atwood- Big Eyes


9.

Louise Frogley- Unbroken


10.

Steven Noble- The Theory of Everything
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Best Production Design

People who added this item 629 Average listal rating (352 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6

1.

Adam Stockhausen & Anna Pinnock- The Grand Budapest Hotel


2.

Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock- Into The Woods


3.

Jacqueline Durran- Mr. Turner


4.

Jon Hutman & Lisa Thompson- Unbroken


5.

Arthur Max & Celia Bobak- Exodus: Gods and Kings


Other Possibilities


6.

Maria Djurkovic- The Imitation Game


7.

Dan Hennah & Ra Vincent- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


8.

Nathan Crowley, Garry Fettis & Paul Healy- Interstellar


9.

Dylan Cole, Gary Freeman & Lee Sandales- Maleficent


10.

Mark Friedberg & Elizabeth Keenan- Selma
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

People who added this item 1854 Average listal rating (1286 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1

1.

Guardians of the Galaxy


2.

Into the Woods


3.

Foxcatcher


4.

Maleficent


Other Possibilities


5.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


6.

The Grand Budapest Hotel


7.

Exodus: Gods and Kings


8.

X-Men: Days of Future Past


9.

Mr. Turner


10.

Inherent Vice
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Best Visual Effects

People who added this item 919 Average listal rating (633 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

1.

Interstellar


2.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


3.

Guardians of the Galaxy


4.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


5.

Godzilla


Other Possibilities


6.

Transformers: Age of Extinction


7.

Maleficent


8.

X-Men: Days of Future Past


9.

Into The Woods


10.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
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