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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Animated Feature - Predictions as of November 20th
A tight race for those 5 coveted slots
20 films are eligible for the nomination

Articles on Animation

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
June 13th
(Dreamworks / Fox)

official site

THE LEGO MOVIE
February 7th
(Warner Bros)

BIG HERO 6
November 7th
(Disney)

official site

SONG OF THE SEA
Dec 19th
(Cartoon Saloon / GKids)

official blog
Concept Trailer

ROCKS IN MY POCKETS
September 3rd
(Zeitgeist Films)

also Latvia's foreign entry
official site |
trailer

Podcast

105 minutes
CG
USA

The real question mark in the race. Toy Story 3 and this category's limited history aside, they generally don't get obsessive about sequels. But then the original is still well loved. Might that have an afterglow effect or will the strangely okay but non spectacular public reception work against it?

Box Office: $176+
RT Score: 92%

Reviewed

100 minutes
CG
USA

Critics were there for it and audiences, too, making it the defacto favorite to win. Until you consider that everyone knows that despite its ingenuity and humor it's really just a giant commercial to move products. Will that work against it?

Box Office: $257+
RT Score: 96%

Capsule

108 minutes
CG
USA

Disney teams up with Marvel to tell a superhero story involving a robotics prodigy in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (San Francisco Tokyo mashup). Uneven but Disney won't likely be shut out.

Box Office: $120+
RT Score: 88%

Reviewed 

93 minutes
Hand-Drawn
Ireland

Like The Secret of Kells, the previous film from this team, the visuals are incredible and unique. But it's mythological story is very junior. Does it have enough adult appeal?

Box Office: N/A
RT Score: N/A

Reviewed

88 minutes
Hand-Drawn | Stop Motion

This animated essay/memoir about family history and depression is also submitted in Best Foreign Language Film

Box Office: $.04
RT Score: 100% 94 minutes
CG
France | Belgium

 

Dark Horse Threats
this branch sometimes surprises - particularly when it comes to foreign contenders

PRINCESS KAGUYA
October 17th
(Studio Ghibli / GKids)

trailer 

THE BOXTROLLS
September 26th
(Laika / Focus Features)

official site

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART
(Shout! Factory)

DVD | official site | trailer

BOOK OF LIFE
October 17th
(Reel FX / Fox)

CG

CHEATIN'
Bill Plympton

official site

Tribute to Takahata

137 minutes
Hand-Drawn
Japan

Studio Ghibli has instant prestige and that helps in every Oscar branch, but this slow-moving beauty about a magical child growing into an unhappy captive princess isn't everyone's thing 

Box Office: $.2
RT Score: 100%

Reviewed
& Laika Tribute  

97 minutes
Stop-Motion
USA

While it's been the least well received of Laika's unique stop motion features, the animation branch will surely enjoy its technical triumphs. But will they like the story enough for a nomination? And when can Laika finally win?

Box Office: $49+
RT Score: 74%

A boy in 1874 Edinburgh is born with his heart frozen solid. A cuckoo-clock is inserted in its place. But he must never fall in love!

Box Office: N/A
RT Score: N/A

Interview

95 minutes
CG
USA

Eye-popping color and a unique after-life backdrop (inspired by Mexican holiday Day of the Dead) will help it stand out but reaction to the movie as a whole has been mild

Box Office: $47+
RT Score: 78%

76 minutes
Hand-Drawn
USA

Plympton is insane but it's easy to love him. This one is about a wife who becomes her cheatin' husbands mistresses!

Box Office: N/A
RT Score: N/A

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE -FOREIGN
Giovanni's Island Hand-Drawn | Japan official site
Miniscule Valley of the Ants CG France | Belgium trailer

ALSO ELIGIBLE - AMERICAN
Henry & Me August 18th official site | on dvd
The Hero of Color City official site
Rio 2 (Blue Sky/Fox) April 11th
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Summertime/Clarius) May 9th
Penguins of Madagascar (Fox) Nov 26th official site
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Disney) July 18th
The Pirate Fairy (Disney)
Mr Peabody & Sherman (Dreamworks) Mar 7th

NOT ELIGIBLE. EITHER DID NOT SUBMIT OR WERE
INELIGIBLE OR HAVE NO US DISTRIBUTION

The Nut Job (Open Road) January 17th
Little from the Fish Shop
(Czech Republic) the daughter of a shop owner seeks help from a witch- the trailer
Boy and the World (GKids) - Brazilian hand drawn silent but for music. trailer
Tanta Hilda (France) a hand drawn oddity involving a plant museum - trailer
Thunder and the House of Magic (Belgium) abandoned cat and a magician's estate
The 7th Dwarf
(Germany) dwarves and an ice queen of some sort. trailer
Tarzan 3D (Germany) trailer

 

 

Animated Short - Predictions as of Nov 20th

The Bigger Picture
Daisy Jacobs
Official Site

UK
8 minutes in English

Feast
Patrick Osborne (debut film as director) & Kristina Reed

USA
6 minutes in English

Me and My Moulton
Torril Kove
(2 nominations | 1 win)

Canada
14 minutes in English

The Damkeeper
Robert Kondo (debut) & Dice Tsutsumi
(never nominated)
Official Site

USA
18 minutes in English

Symphony No. 42
Réka Bucsi
(debut film)

Hungary
10 minutes (no dialogue)

Billed as "a life-size animated short" the animator used life sized sets and tall painted characters within them a man's love life is told through the perspective of his ever hungry puppy Appears to be a humorous diary of a young girl with two sisters and an embarrassing dad A young pig meets a new classmate who changes everything. a surreal and unconventional short in 47 scenes that people seem to love
BUT WATCH OUT FOR THESE OTHER FINALISTS...
     

The Numberlys
William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg
(1 nom | 1 win)
Official Site / App

USA
12 minutes in English

A Single Life
Joris Oprins
(never nominated)
Official Trailer

The Netherlands
3 minutes

Footprints
Bill Plympton
(2 nominations)

USA
UNKNOWN

Duet
Glen Keane

USA
4 minutes

Coda
Allan Holly
Official Site

Ireland
9 minutes in English

An homage to Metropolis but also an app. So is it kind of a commercial for the app? From the makers of the winning Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Pia can travel through her life when she plays a vinyl record No page on IMDb and no mention of Plympton's official site. Weird. "a celebration of life through the hand drawn line" Death shows a drunken soul around as he stumbles through the city
 

 

Live Action Short - No Predictions Yet
We wait for the long semi-finalist list which they rarely make public

       
The Phone Call
Mat Kirkby & James Lucas
(never nominated)

Aya
Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis
(never nominated)

from Israel
40 minutes in English

Carry On
Yatao Lei
(never nominated)

USA | China
17 minutes in Chinese

Boogaloo and Graham
Michael Lennox & Ronan Blaney
(never nominated)

UK
14 minutes in English

Summer Vacation (Chofesh Gadol)
Tal Granit & Sharon Maymom
(never nominated)

Israel
22 minutes in Hebrew

Starring Sally Hawkins as a helpline worker who receives a mysterious call that changes her life. Kirkby previously directed music videos This romantic drama is about a man who confuses a woman for his assigned driver. With Danish star Ulrich Thomsen and Israeli actress / co-director Mihal Brezis A Chinese man tries to save his family during the withdrawal of forces in WW II Two boys in Belfast learn a lot from their pet chickens in this comic short The co-directors of the popular Israeli film The Farewell Party (reviewed here) which was not submitted for foreign film, have another shot here about a family on a seaside vacation
BUT WATCH OUT FOR THESE OTHER FINALISTS
     

Parvaneh
Talkhon Hamzavi & Stefan Eichenberger
(never nominated)

Switzerland
25 minutes in German

Baghdad Messi
Sahim Omar Kalifa &
Kobe Van Steenberghe
(never nominated)

United Arab Emirates | Belgium
19 minutes in Arabic

My Father's Truck
Mauricio Osaki
(never nominated)

Brazil
15 minutes in Vietnamese, English and Portuguese

Butter Lamp
Hu Wei & Julien Féret
(never nominated)

France | China
15 minutes in Tibetan

SLR
Stephen Fingleton & Matthew James Wilkinson
(never nominated)

UK | Ireland
22 minutes in English

About a young female Afghan immigrant in the Swiss Alps About a ten year old boy who is obsessed with soccer About a ten year old girl who skips school to help her father with his passenger truck Two photographers get Tibetan nomads to pose for photos a porn addict is on the trail of an anonymous photographer he only knows by his username
 

 

Documentary Short - Predictions as of October 22nd
8 Films have made the Finals from which 5* will be selected
(*though it's occassionally less than that)

Articles on Documentaries

 

CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1
(d. Ellen Goosenberg Kent)
Perry Films

WHITE EARTH
(d. Christian Jensen)

KEHINDA WILEY: AN ECONOMY OF GRACE
(d. Jeff Dupre)
Show of Force
THE LION'S MOUTH OPENS
(d. Lucy Walker)
Tree Tree Tree
JOANNA
(d. Aneta Kopacz)
Wadja Studio

47 minutes, English
Military, PTSD

Discussions of PTSD and the veterans hotline. (Kent has won 4 Emmys but no Oscar attention yet.)

HBO Site
Or Amazon $9.99

20 minutes, English
Environment, Oil

On North Dakota's oil boom through the eyes of three children and their mother. (Christian Jensen is also a cinematography and editor. Winner of a student Academy Award)

Trailer
Official Site

38 or 52 minutes, English
The Arts, Portrait

A profile of a visionary artist who specializes in portraiture of African American men and turns to women for his new project. Dupree also directed the popular art doc Maria Abramovic: The Artist is Present. (Dupre has won an Emmy but no Oscar attention yet)

Streaming on PBS

15 minutes, English
Disease, Portrait

An actress confronts the fact that she may have fatal Huntington's Disease. (Walker has received 2 Oscar nominations for her documentary work)

Official Site

45 minutes, Polish
Disease, Death, Portrait

The life of a Polish woman who began blogging when she was given three months to live. Debut film from Kopacz who takes a visual non-narration-based approach

Trailer

Three More Finalists
Tough to tell without having yet seen them. Perhaps they're stronger than the top tier projection?

 

More on Documentaries

More on Short Films

ONE CHILD
(d. Zijian Mu)
New York University
OUR CURSE
(d. Tomasz Sliwinski)
Warsaw Film School
THE REAPER
(d. Gabriel Serra)
Weary Traveler

39 minutes, Chinese
Grief, Disaster, Family

A look at three families who lost one child, their only child, after China's devastasting Beichuan earthquake. Mu is a masters student at NYU. He was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Student Academy Awards for this film

28 minutes, Polish
Disease, Family

A personal doc about the director's family. His newborn is diagnosed with an incurable disease

Trailer
Official Site

29 minutes, Spanish
Food, Death, Portrait

An exploration of the processes of an industrial slaughterhouse and a man named Efrain who works there and is referred to as "The Reaper"

Trailer

 

 

 

Documentary Feature as of November 3rd
complete list of 134 semi-finalists
 

Next month that super long list will be narrowed down to 15 films.
Perhaps some of the 20 featured below will make it???

Articles on Documentaries 

CITIZEN FOUR

IDA nomination, Gotham Nod

AFTERNOON OF A FAUN ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME THE OVERNIGHTERS RED ARMY
         
THE CASE AGAINST 8 NATIONAL GALLERY RICH HILL

MANAKAMANA

Gotham Nod

POINT AND SHOOT

IDA nomination, Gotham Nod

         
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON

IDA Humanitas Prize

WATCHERS IN THE SKY ART AND CRAFT JODOROWSKY'S DUNE
         
VIRUNGA

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

IDA Best Editing Prize

LIFE ITSELF

Gotham Nod

I AM ALI THE GREEN PRINCE
         
discarded OR not eligible apparently - maybe next year for some of them?
eligibility rules in this category are tough to navigate
THE LOOK OF SILENCE, 52 TUESDAYS, SILVERED WATER, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS, STRAY DOG,