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88th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes. Discuss on the blog

CHART AS OF JULY 4th

Tier 1 - July Best Guesses
THE DANISH GIRL
d. Tom Hooper
Focus
Nov 27th
THE REVENANT
d. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Fox
Dec 25th

SUFFRAGETTE
d. Sarah Gavron
Focus
October 23rd 

STEVE JOBS
d. Danny Boyle
Universal
Oct 19th
SICARIO
d. Denis Villeneuve
Lionsgate
Sept 18th

Why this one?
The Les Miz team reunited + Eddie Redmayne's career heat for this story of one of the first trans women to seek sex reassignment surgery

But...
Hooper has his detractors and the casting of Redmayne as a trans woman is sure to anger some

Why this one?
The current Best Director returns with Oscar good luck charm (if not for himself) Mr DiCaprio in this manly wilds of nature revenge drama. Can Inarritu win consecutive honors?

But...
Rumors of trouble on set could mean something. Or not. 

Why this one? 
The timing is perfect since gender politics and voting rights have both been hot topics for years now and this story longs to be told. The trailer was great.

But...
Oscar will have to misplace their aversion to feminine drama to give it its best shot at gold.
 

Why this one?
Oscar tends to be attracted to biographical true stories of Great Men as it were. The trailer was unexpectedly exciting.

But...
Will this be dramatic enough or trying too hard to feel that way? Is it too soon for this bio?

 

Why this one?
It's only a matter of time before Villeneuve has an Oscar hit. Cannes reception was solid and Emily Blunt is also due for a signature role. If this is it... watch out

But...
Cannes buzz and September hits don't always make it all the way to Oscar

Tier 2 - Also Possibly Formidable
BROOKLYN
d. John Crowley
Fox Searchlight
Nov 6th 
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
d. Ron Howard
Warner Bros. 
December 11th
YOUTH
d. Paolo Sorrentino
Fox Searchlight
Dec 4th
CAROL
d. Todd Haynes
Weinstein Co
December 18th
INSIDE OUT
d. Pete Docter
Disney/Pixar
June 19th

Why? 
Perfect release date for this old fashioned and handsome melodrama about an Irish immigrant in New York City. It impressed all types at Sundance including yours truly.

But...
Oscar will have to misplace their aversion to feminine drama to give it its best shot.
 

 

Why?
The release date change to December seems to suggest that they have faith in it. If it's a rousing sea adventure it'll stand out.

But...
Hemsworth isnt exactly bankable without his hammer and Howard hasnt been in Oscar play in quite awhile

Why?
People went crazy for it at Cannes and Oscar loved "The Great Beauty" from this same director

 But...
Might be a hard sell at the box office and you can't be seen as a flop even at the art house. Will big media pay any attention to it?

Why?
Todd Haynes, Blanchett, Mara, Reviews, Luxurious Period trappings. It has big selling points.

But...
Reviews lean towards "admiration" more than love and that can be a problem. Plus (broken record here) Oscar will have to misplace their aversion to feminine & gay drama too

Why?
Because everyone loves it

But...
The animated feature category is so firmly established and Pixar has been so rewarded there that that might feel like enough for Oscar.

Tier 3- Don't Discount...

JOY
d. David O. Russell
Fox
Dec 25th
BRIDGE OF SPIES
d. Steven Spielberg
Disney
Oct 16th
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
d. Quentin Tarantino
Weinstein Co
Dec 25th
I SAW THE LIGHT
d. Marc Abraham
Sony Classics
Nov 27th
THE 33
d. Patricia Riggens
Warner Bros
Nov 13th

Russel had three consecutive major Oscar hits. But no Oscar streaks last forever. What's the story like beyond being about the inventer of the Miracle Mop and riding on Jennifer Lawrence's star power?

Cold War stories are suddenly hot again. Oscar loves Spielberg and Hanks and The Coen Bros so this could be major. Plus it's got Billy Magnussen on his way up! But then "good on paper" doesn't always work for Oscar

The Academy really loved Tarantino's last two pictures. Will a third straight funny/serious violent manly period piece be another bloody charm? Or will they move on?

Oscar loves a musician bio, particularly when it's tragic. But Marvel moonlighting aside neither Hiddleston nor Olsen are bankable. We shall see.

Only if it's a hugely moving, shamelessly so or otherwise. But if it catches on... watch out. (Could help with Oscar's diversity problem, too. Female director and Latino cast.)

Tier 4 - Or Maybe...?
TRUMBO
d. Jay Roach
(Bleecker Street)
Nov 6th
SPOTLIGHT
d. Thomas McCarthy
(Open Road)
Nov 6th
THE WALK
d. Robert Zemeckis
Sony/Tri-Star
October 2nd
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
d. JJ Abrams
(Disney)
Dec 18th
CREED
d. Ryan Coogler
(Warner Bros)
Nov 25th

If Hollywood wants to tell it's own story again how about this blacklisting Hollywood drama starring Bryan Cranston

Thomas McCarthy has built up a lot of goodwill, The Cobbler aside, and this true story about journalism and the Catholic church with an all star cast could impress

Oscar went wild for this story when it was a doc. Might they respond as enthusiastically again. That said the promo material looks a bit chintzy - could be box office play only

(these are fan posters - Creed by E.J. -- until we get real ones)

They'll surely be nothing alike but both are attempted reboots of long stalled franchises that Oscar loved in the late 70s and then had little time for.

Please to note: This could only happen if they exceed expectations critically by a mile and are also massive unqualified hits

Tier 5 - Really, Too Early To Discount Anything

BLACK MASS - d. Scott Cooper, Warner Bros (09/18)
CRIMSON PEAK - d. Guillermo del Toro, Universal (10/16)
THE PROGRAM - d. Stephen Frears, TBA (08/01)
A BIGGER SPLASH- d. Luca Guadagino, Fox Searchlight (TBA)
THE MARTIAN - d. Ridley Scott, Fox (11/25)
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - d. Jeff Nichols, Warner Bros (11/25)
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES -d. Billy Ray (TBA 10/23)
MACBETH - d. Justin Kurzel (Weinstein Co, TBA)
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - d. George Miller (Warner Bros, May 15th)

and what surprises might the fall festivals hold still?

WILL IT ARRIVE IN TIME - OR WAIT OUT UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S RACE?
Silence (TBA) Martin Scorsese often takes his time
Untitled Howard Hughes Project (TBA) as does Warren Beatty who hasn't made a film since dinosaurs roamed the Earth

FALLING OUT
Tomorrowland (Disney) - Which wasn't met warmly enough at the box office or by critics
Me & Earl & The Dying Girl ( Fox Searchlight) - Which didn't regenerate that Sundance ecstacy when it met the real world
Freeheld (Lionsgate) - The buzz is nonexistent... might a trailer / poster / something revive it?
Ricki & The Flash (Sony/TriStar) - even if its great, it would take a lot for AMPAS to take it seriously beyond Streep. They have trouble with "light" pictures, with comedy, and with female driven movies
Demolition- (fox searchlight) moved to april 2016