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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 - September 25th
Richard Linklater
2 noms
(not in this category)
Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu
2 noms
(1 in this category)
Birdman 
Chris Nolan
3 noms
(not in this category)
Interstellar
Jean-Marc Vallee
1 nom
(not in this category)
Wild
Morten Tyldum
never nominated
Imitation Game

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Most Likely To..." at this point in the year since directors will surely admire his commitment and the results.
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
 Riding high off of a strong showing for Dallas Buyers Club. If they like this one as much he's probably in with momentum.
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Hollywood doesn't really know him yet but this film sure looks like it might hit Oscar's sweet spot.

David Fincher
2 noms
Gone Girl

Wes Anderson
3 noms
(not in this category)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Bennett Miller
1 nomination
Foxcatcher

Angelina Jolie
2 noms | 1 win (not in this category)
Unbroken

Ava DuVernay
never nominated
Selma
Both a critically lauded auteur and a mainstream hit-maker. But Dragon Tattoo might be tough to follow in this genre
I would have never thought that this film would be the one to do it but people sure love it.
Already respected and  well connected. Plus it's a serious critical darling already

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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

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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?
James Marsh
1 nom / 1 win
(not in this category)
Theory of Everything
J.C Chandor
1 nom
(not in this category)
A Most Violent Year
David Ayer
never nominated
Fury
Mike Leigh
7 noms
(2 in this category)
Mr Turner
Paul Thomas Anderson
Inherent Vice
He's already won an Oscar albeit not for a narrative feature. Will they like this largely conventional biopic as much as TIFF audiences did? This is only his third feature but what range thus far. Surely he has them talking. He's done solid work in the past. Is this WW II tank drama the film to take his career up a notch? The writers branch likes him even more but this well reviewed bio could give him his third director nom. Still, buzz seems to be dissipating 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...

Tim Burton - Big Eyes 
Rob Marshall - Into the Woods