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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 - Oct 25th
Richard Linklater
54 y.o. | 17 films
2 noms
(not in this category)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
2 noms
(1 in this category)
Chris Nolan
3 noms
(not in this category)
Damien Chazell
29 y.o. | 2 films
never nominated
Morten Tyldum
47 y.o. | 4 films
never nominated
Imitation Game



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.

 Hollywood doesn't really know him yet but this film could well hit Oscar's sweet spot. And though the performances are

Jean-Marc Vallee
1 nom (not in this category)

Wes Anderson
45 y.o. | 8 films
3 noms
(not in this category)
Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher
52 y.o. | 10 films
2 nominations
Gone Girl

Bennett Miller
47 y.o.| 3 films
1 nomination

Ava DuVernay
42 y.o. | 3 films
never nominated
Riding high off of a strong showing for Dallas Buyers Club. If they like this one as much he's probably in with momentum.
I would have never thought that this film would be the one to do it but people sure love it.
Both a critically lauded auteur and a hit-maker. But will they obsess over the  chilly Gone Girl as much as media voices did?


Already respected and  well connected. Plus it's a serious critical darling already

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?

Angelina Jolie
39 y.o. | 2 films
2 noms | 1 win (not in this category)
J.C Chandor
40 y.o. | 3 films
1 nom
(not in this category)
A Most Violent Year
James Marsh
51 y.o. | 4 films
1 nom / 1 win
(not in this category)
Theory of Everything
Mike Leigh
71 y.o. | 12 films
7 noms
(2 in this category)
Mr Turner
Clint Eastwood
84 y.o. | 34 films
10 noms | 4 wins | 1 honorary
(4 noms | 2 wins in this category)
American Sniper


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
This is only his third feature but what range thus far. Surely he has them talking.


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?

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


He hasn't had much luck since 2006 but he's always a threat if he makes another good film. We wait for the movie now to see.

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

Tim Burton - Big Eyes 
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Rob Marshall - Into the Woods
David Ayer - Fury