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“Unbroken” by Angelina Jolie: A May Oscar Predictions Update

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Now that we’re in the month of May, here I am again with some new and even more up to date Oscar predictions. They won’t be amazingly different from what I put up last month, but honestly, that’s kind of the point. We still have a very long way to go in the season and these new predictions will likely be almost entirely wrong anyway, but with each passing update I do feel a teensy bit more confident in backing these particular horses as opposed to the previous ones. If nothing else, this sort of shows where I’m coming from as the months pass and the race begins to evolve into something actually competitive, especially when precursor season begins.

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Much like last time, you can see that films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar are the ones that I have pegged to be the big winners at this year’s ceremony, with Unbroken still dominating at this early point in the season. A lot can and likely will change, but if you’re looking for an early horse to bet on, that’s the one in my eyes. There are some small changes, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s still about Unbroken here for me.

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I could go on about the tinkering that I’ve done, but I know at this point you mostly just want to see actual predictions, so here now is how I see the Academy Awards shaping up at this eearly juncture:

BEST PICTURE

1. Unbroken
2. Foxcatcher
3. Men, Women, & Children
4. Big Eyes
5. Boyhood
6. Gone Girl
7. Rosewater
8. The Homesman
9. Interstellar
10. A Most Violent Year

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Angelina Jolie- Unbroken
2. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
3. Jason Reitman – Men, Women, & Children
4. Tim Burton – Big Eyes
5. Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ACTOR

1. Jack O’Connell – Unbroken
2. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
3. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
4. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
5. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl

BEST ACTRESS

1. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
2. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
3. Michelle Williams – Suite française
4. Hilary Swank – The Homesman
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
2. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
3. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
4. Robert Duvall – The Judge
5. Takamasa Ishihara – Unbroken

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
2. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice
3. Rosemarie DeWitt – Men, Women, & Children
4. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
5. Hailee Steinfeld – The Homesman

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Foxcatcher
2. Big Eyes
3. Interstellar
4. Boyhood
5. A Most Violent Year

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Unbroken
2. Men, Women, & Children
3. Rosewater
4. Inherent Vice
5. Gone Girl

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. The Lego Movie
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
3. The Boxtrolls
4. Big Hero 6
5. Rio 2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. Unbroken
2. Into the Woods
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. The Homesman
5. Interstellar

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Unbroken
2. Interstellar
3. Gone Girl
4. Foxcatcher
5. Big Eyes

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. Into the Woods
2. Exodus: Gods and Kings
3. Maleficent
4. Unbroken
5. Suite française

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Unbroken
2. Gone Girl
3. Foxcatcher
4. Interstellar
5. Men, Women, & Children

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Foxcatcher
2. Into the Woods
3. Maleficent

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Interstellar
2. Godzilla
3. Into the Woods
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
5. Noah

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Interstellar
2. Godzilla
3. Into the Woods
4. Exodus: Gods and Kings
5. Fury

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Interstellar
2. Godzilla
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
5. Noah

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Unbroken
2. Interstellar
3. Big Eyes
4. Noah
5. Foxcatcher

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Muppets Most Wanted
2. The Lego Movie
3. Begin Again
4. Joe
5. Rio 2

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Life Itself
2. Ivory Tower
3. The Unknown Known
4. Finding Vivian Maier
5. Alive Inside

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Blue is the Warmest Color
2. The Assassin
3. Saint Laurent
4. The Congress
5. The Raid 2: Berendal

Next month I’ll have more new predictions up, so stay tuned for those!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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