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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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Nominee Predictions - August 6th
Bennett Miller
1 nomination
Foxcatcher
Alejandro González Iñárritu
2 noms
(1 in this category)
Birdman 
Chris Nolan
3 noms
(not in this category)
Interstellar
Richard Linklater
2 noms
(not in this category)
Boyhood
David Fincher
2 noms
Gone Girl
Already respected and  well connected. Plus it's a serious critical darling already
They respond to his work when its brutal. Will they like this more audacious creativity?
Famously "snubbed" even when his pictures were in the running but eventually the Directors will include him
"Most Likely To..." at this point in the year since directors will surely admire his commitment and the results.
Both a critically lauded auteur and a mainstream hit-maker. But Dragon Tattoo might be tough to follow in this genre

J.C Chandor
1 nom
(not in this category)
A Most Violent Year

Wes Anderson
3 noms
(not in this category)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Jean-Marc Vallee
1 nom
(not in this category)
Wild

Mike Leigh
7 noms
(2 in this category)
Mr Turner

Morten Tyldum
never nominated
Imitation Game
This is only his third feature but what range thus far. Surely he has them talking.
I would have never thought that this film would be the one to do it but people sure love it.
Riding high off of a strong showing for Dallas Buyers Club. If they like this one as much he's probably in with momentum.
The writers branch likes him even more but this well reviewed bio could give him his third director nom.
Hollywood doesn't really know him yet but this film sure looks like it might hit Oscar's sweet spot.
James Marsh
1 nom / 1 win
(not in this category)
Theory of Everything
Angelina Jolie
2 noms | 1 win (not in this category)
Unbroken
David Ayer
never nominated
Fury
Ava DuVernay
never nominated
Selma
Jon Stewart
never nominated
Rosewater
He's already won an Oscar albeit not for a narrative feature. How is he with actors? She's either a shoo-in or a long shot. Tough to say but the film looks like it's trying really hard for Oscars He's done solid work in the past. Is this WW II tank drama the film to take his career up a notch? She's great with actors but this is a much bigger scale than she normally works. Will she pull it off and if she does will that boys club notice? If this is a resounding critical success he seems very likely to gain traction given his celebrity. But who knows...

Other Directors for 2014
...and you never know...

Ridley Scott - Exodus
Paul Thomas Anderson -Inherent Vice
Tim Burton - Big Eyes 
Werner Herzog
- Queen of the Desert
Ira Sachs - Love is Strange
Rob Marshall - Into the Woods

2014 or 2015 releases
Carol, MacBeth, Suffragette ???