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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!

 discuss on the blog

Predictions as of December 19th
The precursor weeks that happened since the last chart update suggest that Amy Adams might finally struggle to win her default spot in the lineup. The fifth spot looks like a war between Marion Cotillard & Jennifer Aniston.

Key: Clicking on names of actresses or films will take you to the other articles on those topics. For the purposes of recording wins and nominations, TFE only lists the major organizations.  For the critics awards (since there are 30+ of them now, some very small, it is a catch all listing if they've won something

4 nominations
Still Alice
(SPC)
Qualifier

Gotham Win, NBR

 

Rosamund Pike
never nominated
Gone Girl
(Fox)
Oct 3rd

Reese Witherspoon
1 nom | 1 win
Wild
(Fox Searchlight) 
Dec 5th 
Felicity Jones
never nominated
Theory of Everything
(Focus Features)
Nov 7th
Jennifer Aniston
never nominated
Cake
(Cinelou)
Qualifier

 Role
Alice, a professor with early on-set Alzheimers

Will she win?
Probably. Just when you thought Juli's Oscar story was up, she wows again. And in a year where few competitors have any kind of narrative or undeniable performance, it's hes to lose.

awards
NBRcritics groups
nom:
SpiritSAGGLOBE
BFCA,OFCS,

Role
Amazing Amy: "cool girl" or psychopath? You decide. Oscar voters will.

Arrived Girl:
The most discussed character of the year in the single biggest hit aimed squarely at adults. Oscar is unpredictable with thrillers and "unlikable" women but her icy "cool girl" hasn't been forgotten

awards
+ critics groups
nom:
 SAGGLOBEBFCA,
OFCS,

Role
Cheryl Strayed, a lost soul finds herself on the PCT

Tough times for women:
Reese does her best dramatic work in a very fine moving film about a woman who has let her life slip away in all kinds of ways but enthusiasm doesnt seem to be there for the film as a whole. We hope she's not a surprise snub

awards
n/a
nom:
 SAGGLOBEBFCA,

 

Role
Jane Hawking, wife of disabled genius

In her corner:
This Stephen Hawking bio is largely from the wife's perspective and pairing with Redmayne really upped her game. Plus you just can't argue that Oscar doesn't worship the "supportive" wives. It's not a showy role but that probably won't matter this year...

awards
n/a
nom:
 SAGGLOBEBFCA,

 

 

Role
A depressed scarred woman considers suicide after a friend jumps off a bridge

In her corner:
Oscar loves romcom queens to go serious by playing against type and they have been known to flip for grieving mothers. Plus she's good in the film. Whether "good" should be enough is a thorny different question but she's got the heat for a nod, now.

awards
n/a
nom:
 SAGGLOBEBFCA,

But Watch Out For...

Marion Cotillard
1 nom | 1 win
Two Days One Night
(SPC)
Dec 24th

Amy Adams
5 nominations
Big Eyes
(Weinstein Co)
Dec 25th

Hilary Swank
2 noms | 2 wins
The Homesman
(Roadside)
Nov 14th

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
never nominated
Belle
(Fox Searchlight)
May 2nd 

Emily Blunt
never nominated
Into the Woods
(Disney)
Dec 25th

Role:
Sandra, a seriously depressed woman, tries to save her job

In her corner:
She's amazing in this foreign contender (which goes without saying at this point given her track record) but
Oscar hasn't shown any interest in her since her international breakthrough win. Critics backed her at the last minute but then awards groups flocked to Aniston

awards
NYFCC, + critics groups
noms
 Spirit (for The Immigrant),  
BFCA, OFCS,

 

Role:
Margaret Keane whose husband took credit for her popular paintings

In her corner: She can do no wrong with the average Oscar voter so this would have easily nabbed her a nomination (since they love artists biopics) if there had been more enthusiasm for the film. But Aniston appears to be stealing her 'mainstream sweetheart' thunder

awards
n/a
noms
GLOBE

 

Role:
Mary Bee Cuddy, a lonely frontier spinster transports insane women across the country

In her corner:
Oscar loves her. Strong reviews for her work but people didn't seem interested in the odd but worthwhile film. Her characters surprising trajectory may not have helped her cause.

awards
n/a
nom:
n/a

 

Role:
Belle, the biracial daughter of a high ranking official

Where was the groundswell?
Oscar sometimes looks for fresh new stars in this category and this was a surprise minor arthouse hit chased by another well liked leading turn (Beyond the Lights) but there was never quite a tipping point of praise or attention. Still, she's built up some goodwill for next time.

awards
BIFA
nom:
NAACP, + Gotham (for another film)

Role
The Baker's Wife, childless and tempted in the Woods

What Happened?:
Her years of cinematic promise (from Prada to Edge of Tomorrow) still feel underappreciated but given that they opted to push her as a "lead" she was doomed since the film is a true ensemble. Someday, Emily, someday.

awards
n/a
nom:
GLOBE

 

Extreme Long Shots

Jenny Slate
never nominated
Obvious Child
(A24)
June 6th

Mia Wasikowska
never nominated
Tracks
(Weinstein Co)
Sept 19th

Scarlett Johansson
never nominated
Under the Skin
(A24)
April 4th

Keira Knightley
1 nomination
Begin Again
(Weinstein Co)
July 11th 

Shailene Woodley
never nom'ed
Fault in Our Stars
(Fox)
June 6th

The
character was maybe too abrasive for mainstream play but the Globe Comedy was a sorry miss.

awards
n/a
noms
Spirit , BFCA , Gotham,

Most people who saw the film agreed that her performance was special. But unfortunately not many people saw the film.

awards
n/a
noms
Australian, Gotham

She's awesome as a seductive alien but it would take a miracle (or multiple critics awards) to get something this outre in Oscar's sight lines.

awards
n/a
noms
Gotham

 It would have made a great Musical/Comedy lead nomination but the Globes weirdly skipped it. All Oscar traction has coalesced around another period drama for her, The Imitation Game.

awards
n/a
noms
n/a

She's turned into a box office commodity and voters aren't unfamiliar - she was clearly in the hunt for The Descendants. But this film skews too young and the campaign hasn't made waves

awards
n/a
noms
n/a

with thoughts for...

Helen Mirren - Hundred Foot Journey
Gena Rowlands - Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Michelle Monaghan - Fort Bliss
Sally Kirkland - Archaelogy of a Woman
Anne Hathaway - Interstellar
Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant (NYFCC win + Spirit Nom
Maggie Smith - My Old Lady
Angelina Jolie - Maleficent
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Beyond the Lights (Gotham Nom)
Chang Pei Pei - Lilting (BIFA nod)
Tilda Swinton - Only Lovers Left Alive (Spirit Nom
Rinko Kikuchi - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter   (Spirit Nom
Tessa Thompson - Dear White People (Gotham Nom
Essie Davis - The Babadook (Australian Nom, OFCS,) - INELIGIBLE FOR OSCAR