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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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Predictions as of Aug. 7th
Jessica Chastain
2 nominations
"Anna Morales"
A Most Violent Year
(A24)
Nov 12th
Anna Kendrick
1 nomination
"Cinderella"
Into the Woods
(Disney)
Dec 25th
Emily Blunt
never nominated
"The Baker's Wife"
Into the Woods
(Disney)
Dec 25th
Keira Knightley
1 nomination
"Joan Clark"
The Imitation Game
(Weinstein Co)
Nov 21st
Emma Stone
never nominated
"???"
Birdman
(Fox Searchlight)
Oct 17th 
Why predict her?
Chastain is everyone's favorite new Streep - total chameleon in prestige projects. She plays the shady wife of upstanding Oscar Isaac who gets mixed up with crime in this 1981 set crime drama. Could also be considered lead but Oscar ignores category titles these days
Why predict her?
The Cinderella role won Laura Benanti a Tony nomination in the last Broadway production. Kendricks will nail the singing and she's all over the place this year which should help visibility and "it's her time" feeling
Why predict her?
One of the beautiful things about Into the Woods in each of its iterations is that the MVP and emotional center is unpredictable. That said, The Baker's Wife has the most traditional Oscar arc and isn't it time for Blunt to make good on that enormous promise?

In her favor...
Though she's divisive she keeps pushing herself and a supporting role (as former fiancee and friend to the gay lead) in a prestige film could be just the ticket.

But...
There are already criticisms that she is too glamorous for this part. 

 

 

In her favor...
Spider-Man aside --which is wasting some of her best movie years! --it feels like the right time to make a play for a first nomination and this film might have reach.

But... 
She'll have to stand out and with this category much depends on the film itself

Imelda Staunton
1 nomination
"Hefina"
Pride
(CBS Films)
Sept 19th
Carmen Ejogo
never nominated
"Coretta Scott King"
Selma
(Paramount)
December
Patricia Arquette
never nominated
Boyhood
(IFC)
July 11th
Marion Bailey
never nominated
"Sophia Booth"
Mr Turner
(SPC)
TBA
Naomi Watts
2 nominations
"Daka"
St. Vincent
(Weinstein Co)
Oct 24th

In her favor...
She's said to be a hilarious scene stealer in this film about a gay group helping a miner's strike.

But...
British comedies either hit big or don't hit at all

In her favor...
She was terrific in the little seen Sparkle so she's a breakout waiting to happen. This role has previously been played by greats like Angela Bassett and Cicely Tyson (but mostly on TV). Oscar loves true stories and they're more receptive to African American stories now

But...
Might be entirely focused on its men as so many historical movies are

In her favor...
She's the MVP of a highly regarded movie and brave enough to let herself age in one movie without any makeup but merely time.

But...
in the end this is really about the eponymous boy and attention focuses on Linklater

In her favor...
Mike Leigh movies generally have amazing casts and she's said to be "delightful" in the movie

But...
Maybe too much of a one man show for Spall?

In her favor...
The role is certainly attention grabbing and potentially memorable: Russian hooker with pink hair. 

But... 
will it be more than a sort of gimmicky amusement in this comedy about an irritable man and the young neighbor he befriends?

Uma Thurman
1 nomination
Nymphomaniac Pt. 1
(Magnolia)
March 6th
Kristin Scott Thomas
1 nomination
"Chloe Girard"
My Old Lady
(Distributor TBA)
TBA
Marisa Tomei
3 noms | 1 win
"Kate"
Love is Strange
(SPC)
TBA
Laura Dern
1 nomination
"Bobbi"
Wild
(Fox Searchlight)
Dec 5th
Viola Davis
2 nominations
"Susie Brown"
Get On Up
(Universal)
Aug 1st

In her favor...
She got people talking about her talent again and chased it with a buzzy appearance at Cannes

But...
this is not the kind of film they're likely to watch at all

In her favor...
After announcing retirement, an Oscar nom would be a sweet sweet farewell for such an electric talent. In My Old Lady she plays the depressed daughter of Maggie Smith (a scene-stealing role on stage)

But...
she'll need MVP reviews

In her favor...
She's wonderful again as the stressed niece of a gay man (John Lithgow) who is suddenly crashing in her home

But...
it's difficult to say how Oscar will react. It's a movie of delicate beauty.

In her favor...
She's playing a woman dying of cancer so that's baity enough. Plus Dern is always great.

But...
her role will be flashback only so it would require that this not just be "The Reese Show"

In her favor...
Playing the mother who abandoned the rock star, Viola only needs one scene to make a huge impact (see Doubt) and that's just about all she gets here tahnks to the strange interruptions in the editing

But... 
If "How to Get Away With Murder" is a huge hit maybe there will be a Viola love fest in Hollywood

Other Supporting Actresses
...with supporting & Oscar, the love for the film in general plays a much larger role

Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph or Reese Witherspoon - Inherent Vice
Anne Hathaway or Jessica Chastain - Interstellar (not that Nolan ever directs Oscar-worthy female parts)
Rosemarie DeWitt
- Kill the Messenger
Margot Robbie & Kristin Scott Thomas
- Suite Française
Judy Greer, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner or Emma Thompson - Men Women and Children (so many characters. Who shines brightest?)
Susan Sarandon or Dakota Fanning - The Last of Robin Hood (will the movie see release?)
Leighton Meester, Vera Farmiga or Melissa Leo - The Judge (though it's probably safe to assume that this one cares more about its male characters since father/son dramas generally don't make interesting room for women)

2014 or 2015 - release plans are murky at best at this writing...
Suffragette, Midnight Special, Far from the Madding Crowd, A Little Chaos, Pawn Sacrifice,