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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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The Nominees
Wes Anderson
45 y.o. | 8 films
first nomination in this category
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu
51 y.o. |  5 films
2nd nomination in this category
Birdman 
Richard Linklater
54 y.o./17 films
first nomination in this category
Boyhood

Bennett Miller
47 y.o. | 3 films
2nd nomination
Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum
47 y.o. | 4 films
1st nomination
Imitation Game

 Articles

His time finally came.

wins
n/a
nominations
DGA,
OFCS, Globes, BFCA

They've loved his brutal work and now they've taken to his rare audaciously comic side. Plus: technical virtuosity .

wins
+ some critics group
nominations
Spirit, DGA, Globes, BFCA

 Articles 

They admired his decade plus commitment not to mention the fine results.

wins
Globes, NY, LA, + many critics groups
nominations
Spirit, DGA, OFCS, Globes, BFCA


Articles

The Cannes win signalled more honors to come. 

wins
Cannes
nominations
n/a

 Articles
His movie hit Oscar's sweet spot.

wins
n/a
nominations
DGA 

How'd they get nominated?
40% Early release. Time to solidify as his biggest hit, build goodwill
34% Overdue Career - there's no one else like him
16% Precursor support to remind Oscar about him especially that SAG ensemble nomination - he directs big casts so well with stylized perfection 
6% Best Picture heat
3% Ralph Fiennes, dahling
1% ski chase
45%Technical virtuosity
18% Creative left turn for acclaimed miserabilist 
12% Showbiz navel-gazing. What director can't relate to Riggan Thomson's foolhardy ambition and career panic?
10% Precursor support Well timed release
9% Best Picture heat
4% Oscar likes his movies
2% Girl on girl action for a branch that's 95% old men 
58% Conceptual bravery and commitment. He was making this movie for 12 years! 
11% Execution ...And it turned out so good, too!
10% Career Culmination. Dovetails so neatly with his time-centric best ("Before" series)
9% Best Picture heat
5% It's not Girlhood 
4% Summer release. Counterprogramming win
3% Super smart casting
33% Default. The Academy loves his movies
30% Extremely heavy tone + Big ideas = This Is Very Important
12% Trio of Actors
11% Cannes win = A+ stamp of approval
7% Controversies
6% Deeply concerned with masculinity. Oscar is too.
1% Channing Tatum in a singlet - what? there are some gay directors voting
34% Best Picture Heat
19% Campaigning.
18% World War II fetish - even Unbroken got 3 nominations
13% Timing. Came out of the gate strong at festivals but wisely held back a little before campaign ubiquity
9% Terrific cast elevating the material
7% All the liberal political oomph of 'don't hate on the gays' without any of the icky gay stuff! 
Will win: RICHARD LINKLATER  probably has this one given that 12 year commitment and courage. Unless the actors branch rallies for Inarittu or Harvey works vote collecting magic for The Imitation Game
Omissions: The internet is angriest about the great AVA DUVERNAY missing and so are we - she would have been the first woman of color nominated in this category. The DGA took a stand for Clint Eastwood and the Globes are saying 'what, no David Fincher?'
Should Win: That's up to you. VOTE !