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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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Best Picture Predictions as of December 19th
No stampeding frontrunner (Boyhood is the critical darling but that doesn't always equate to the Oscar crown).  And a healthy fight for Best Picture placement. How many nominees will we get?

KEY: awards listed are best picture or ensemble related prizes only, "+ critics groups" indicates number of small or regional groups wins. Major festivals and organizations like Globe, SAG, Gotham, BFCA, AFI, BIFA, and two critics organizations (LAFCA & NYFCC) get their own mentions. Organizations that have publicity negotiated awards are not listed

Boyhood
(IFC Films)
July 11th

Birdman
(Fox Searchlight)
Oct 17th
Selma
(Paramount)
Dec 25th

Theory of Everything
(Focus Features)
Nov 7th

The Imitation Game
(Weinstein Co)
Nov 21st

 REVIEW
& podcast



An event movie of a different kind. But will it play on screeners with interruptions to limit its cumulative impact? Too small despite big idea or just right?

awards
Gotham (Audience
NY, LA, + critics groups
nominations

Spirit, SAG, GLOBE, BFCA, OFCS, AFI
box office
$24+
all Boyhood articles  

REVIEW
& podcast

Genius formal trickery, formidable acting, and engaging meta showbiz-ness. It's a very "now" picture. But is it too contemporary? Oscar likes time to catch up.

awards
Gotham, + critics groups
nominations
Spirit, SAG, GLOBE, BFCA, AFI
box office
$21+
all Birdman articles  

PREMIERE

Substance historical drama that also feels contemporary (issues still resonate, sadly enough). But only one picture about the African American experience has ever won.

awards
NBR (special prize), + 1 critics group
nominations
Spirit, GLOBE, BFCA,OFCS, AFI

box office
N/A
all Selma articles

REVIEW
& podcast

REVIEW
& podcast

Oscar loves stories about women in love with complicated brilliant men. This one delivers. They've been pushing the movie just the right amount and box office success is nothing to scoff at for this type of thing

awards
n/a
nominations
SAG, GLOBE, BFCA,
box office
$17+
all Imitation articles

 

 

REVIEW
& podcast

Fascinating true story and a WWII story at that. Bingo. But it already has detractors who think its too safe for very upsetting subject matter. Liked but is it really loved?

awards
TIFF People's Choice
nominations
SAG, GLOBE, BFCAAFI
box office

$2+
all Imitation articles  

 

SECOND TIER
Still very much in the conversation. Some of them will be nominated. But how many?
Whiplash
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Oct 10th

Grand Budapest Hotel
(Fox Searchlight)
Mar 28th

Gone Girl
(Fox)
Oct 3rd

Unbroken
(Universal)
Dec 25th

Into the Woods
(Disney)
Dec 25th

 

 

 

REVIEW
& podcast

Its fans are wild eyed disciples and the artists in the Academy will appreciate the "suffering to be the best" theme. But too small for major play? It hasn't broken out in the way many (including myself) expected

awards
Sundance,
nominations
Spirit, BFCA,OFCS, AFI
box office
$4+
all Whiplash articles

 

 

PODCAST
& second look

One of the biggest critical hits of the year and a darling among auteur releases. It would make an unusually manic and mannered Best Picture nominee but it's not out of the question.

awards
none yet
nominations
Gotham, SAG, GLOBE, BFCA, OFCS
box office
$59+
all Budapest articles

REVIEW
& podcast

Thrillers are never sure things with Oscar but this one's got the prestige factor and its an enduring obsessed over hit. Divisive, though.

awards
n/a
nominations
BFCA,

box office
$164+ (single biggest hit of the year that is not cg/fx/franchise driven)
all Gone Girl articles

MISC

 

WW II survival epic with Olympics inspiration thrown in sounds like it was created in a lab specifically for Oscar love. And the industry loves Angelina. Or do they? The past couple of weeks have been a wild rollercoaster on this one. For something conventional it sure is divisive. 

awards
n/a
noms
BFCA, AFI
box office
N/A
all Unbroken articles

TRAILER
& brief first impression

 

One of the greatest stage musicals ever written. But will that translate to a good film? We'll know soon enough. But it's sure to get a lot of attention and be widely seen (which helps regardless)

awards
n/a
nominations
GLOBE, AFI
box office
N/A
all Into the Woods articles

THIRD TIER
Can they find a way in? They could still surprise or regain luster whichever the case may be...

Foxcatcher
(SPC)
Nov 17th

A Most Violent Year
(A24)
Dec 29th
Interstellar
(Paramount)
Nov 7th
Nightcrawler
(Open Road Films)
October 31st
Ida
(Music Box Films)
Dec 25th

 

  REVIEW 
& 2nd opinion

Another chilling fascinating true story. Actors at the right moments in their careers for awards madness. But is it too chilly and self serious to win hearts as well as minds? It's had a hit and miss precursor season and the lack of BFCA support is a big ouch.

awards
Cannes (Director), Gotham (special prize)
nominations
AFI, GLOBE
box office
$3+
all Foxcatcher articles

PREMIERE
& podcast

Fans will call this a classic American family saga. Detractors might call it derivative 70s drama (set in 81, mind) but it migth not be done with awards. Its director and stars are all hot right now and if audiences like it (we'll know soon) it could still rally.

awards
NBR
nominations
--
box office
$N/A
all Violent Year articles

REVIEW
& podcast

Oscar likes Chris Nolan's movies. They like them a lot (well except in Best Director) But will they like this one's ambition enough to ignore its surprisingly mixed reviews? Despite those reviews and some audience griping its been steadily performing at the box office

awards
n/a
noms
AFI
box office
$168+
all Interstellar articles

REVIEW
& podcast

This dark drama about a spooky night owl who finds the best possible career fit for his demented drive as a crime scene videographer is memorable. It's been overperforming in precursor season. Could it be a surprise Picture nominee?

awards
1 critics group
noms
BFCA, OFCS

box office
$37+
all Nightcrawler articles

MISC

The year's most unlikely art house hit keeps winning mentions as well it should. But will voters remember they can nominate it here, and not just hand it Best Foreign?

awards
foreign film prizes only
noms
OFCS
box office
$3+

all Ida articles

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American Sniper (AFI top ten)
Love is Strange (Gotham & Spirit Nomination)
Pride (Globe Nomination & BIFA Win)
Noah (BIFA Nomination)
Mr Turner (BIFA Nomination)
Inherent Vice (Globe Nomination)
Under the Skin (Spirit & OFCS Nomination)
Mommy (OFCS nomination)
The LEGO Movie (OFCS nomination)
Two Days One Night (OFCS nomination)
Snowpiercer (+1 critics group)
St. Vincent (Globe Nomination)

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