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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog


July 1st - Predicted Five
The Supporting Actress chart may be hiding some Lead contenders as well...  Seems like a very competitive year

Carey Mulligan
1 nomination
Oct 23rd

Cate Blanchett
6 noms | 2 wins 
(Weinstein Co)
Dec 18th

Alicia Vikander
never nominated
The Danish Girl
Nov 27th

Saoirse Ronan
1 nomination
(Fox Searchlight)
Nov 6th
Emily Blunt
never nominated
Sept 18th
 It's the right time in her career for her to ascend to Oscar regular leading lady status and it seems like the right time to tell this story. Or past time to tell it. (People will be rooting for it and the trailer looks great)
Cannes reception was as warm as it gets for something that some say is "chilly". Blanchett didn't win Best Actress at Cannes but that rarely correlates
 She's graduated to "it girl" status. If The Danish Girl moves people, their could be his & hers unconventional marital nomination as with the last Eddie Redmayne picture - if is happens again in 2016 we'll have quite a niche trend
She's just lovely in this Sundance hit, charting a young Irish immigrant's unsteady assimilation into American culture . The question is whether Oscar will be in the mood for an old fashioned melodrama   There's already a fun narrative -the studio wanted her part as an FBI agent assigned to work on a Mexican cartel case, reassigned to a man but the director refused. Can she finally win a signature part post Prada?

Tier 2 - Also Look Like Strong Contenders This Early
Lily Tomlin
1 nomination
Aug 21st
Meryl Streep
19 noms | 3 wins
Ricki & The Flash
Aug 7th
Jennifer Lawrence
3 noms | 1 win
Marion Cotillard
2 noms | 1 win
(Weinstein Co)
Blythe Danner
never nominated
I'll See You In My Dreams
(Bleecker Street)
May 15th
She's superb and hilarious in a true showcase part in this darkly comic indie from the writer/director of About a Boy. It'll need to be at least a minor hit but this could totally happen if they're feeling the "career tribute" vibes
 Streep is foolish to bet against - if she makes a movie they nominate her... but on the other hand. If her cameo in Suffragette is a huge deal, they can always direct their affection there if they feel this is too Hope Springs / It's Complicated light
 Oscar loves her with David O. Russell so they're pairing again, this time with a period drama about the inventor of the Miracle Mop. But can lightning strike thrice?   Out damn spot! Cotillard has another major showcase for her major gifts this year. But Shakespeare hasn't been Oscar's thing in a very long while. Still if she's on fire you never know...
 Blythe's senior-in- crisis drama has slowly and quietly amassed a big deal box office sum for something so tiny - $5 million and counting. It's clearly resonating with moviegoers.

Tier 3 - or maybe ?
Julianne Moore
5 noms | 1 win
Oct 2nd
Charlotte Rampling
never nominated
45 Years
(Sundance Selects)
Kate Winslet
6 nominations | 1 win
The Dressmaker
Maggie Smith
6 noms | 2 wins
The Lady in the Van
Dec 11th
Alicia Vikander
never nominated
Ex Machina, The Light Between Oceans, Tulip Fever
 A victory lap nomination or will Ellen Page, who has the better narrative given how hard she worked to make the movie happen, get the lion's share of press? If their chemistry is great maybe both of them? If the film doesn't pop, probably neither -- way too early to know
This film legend has never been nominated (for shame!) and this marital drama is winning raves. Sundance Selects sadly isn't an Oscar power but they did manage to surprise for Cotillard's nomination just last year.
 Should the film be good and nab a strong distributor, wouldn't it be sweet to see an Oscar comeback? She plays a vengeful fashionista and she's paired with another great actress (Judy Davis)   
She looks to be playing it a bit broad here in this serio comic tale of a homeless woman living in a van. But she's always been an awards magnet so who knows...   With 8 movies arriving in 2015, it could well be her year. but for now we can obsess over how great she is in Ex Machina though it's the type of role that Oscar and even critics (sigh) will pass over due to genre bias.
Tier 4 - Other Leads

Too genre for Oscar?
Mia Wasikowska - Crimson Peak OR Julia Roberts - Secret in Their Eyes
Going VOD simultaneous w/ release (i.e. not an Oscar move)
: Viola Davis - Lila & Eve
Will it open this year?
Charlize Theron - The Last Face, Zoe Saldana - Nina, Cate Blanchett- Truth
Golden Globe Comedy potential if not Oscar
Melissa McCarthy - Spy
Moved to 2016
Sally Field - Hello My Name is Doris