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“Foxcatcher” by Bennett Miller: A June Oscar Predictions Update

foxcatcher Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Now that we’re well into the month of June, I’m coming to you again with some new and even more up to date Oscar predictions. They won’t be too different from what I put up last month, or obviously what I’ve written about in my articles on the Best Picture and Best Director fields, 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 mostly wrong anyway, but with each passing update I’m getting a bit more confident in backing these particular horses as opposed to the previous ones I’ve mentioned. If that sounds repetitive, well…that’s the nature of the beast right now. If nothing else, this sort of shows where I’m coming from as the months pass and the race begins to change and evolve into something truly competitive, especially when precursor season kicks into gear in the fall/winter.

Continuing the trend I’ve had all year, 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 biggest winners at this year’s ceremony, with Foxcatcher now dominating at this early point in the season, though with Unbroken still doing terrifically as well, at least in terms of nominations. A lot can and will still change, but if you’re looking for an early horse to bet on, it’s really either Foxcatcher or Unbroken right now. There are some small changes elsewhere in most categories, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s still about those two contenders here for me.

I could go on about the tinkering that I’ve done (there’s a noticeable change in Picture and Director, one of which goes against a recent article of mine, but I’m experimenting) this time around, 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 to look like at this eearly juncture:

BEST PICTURE

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

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
2. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
3. David Fincher – Gone Girl
4. Jason Reitman – Men, Women, & Children
5. Tim Burton – Big Eyes

BEST ACTOR

1. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
2. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
3. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
4. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
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. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
2. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
3. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
4. Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
5. Takamasa Ishihara – Unbroken

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
2. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
3. Rosemarie DeWitt – Men, Women, & Children
4. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
5. Jena Malone – Inherent Vice

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Unbroken
2. Men, Women, & Children
3. Rosewater
4. Gone Girl
5. The Fault in Our Stars

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. Interstellar
5. Foxcatcher

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Unbroken
2. Interstellar
3. Foxcatcher
4. Gone Girl
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. Foxcatcher
2. Unbroken
3. Gone Girl
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. Winter Sleep
2. Blue is the Warmest Color
3. The Assassin
4. Leviathan
5. The Raid 2: Berendal

Next month I’ll have more brand 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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