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“Gone Girl” by David Fincher: An August Oscar Predictions Update

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Welcome to August folks. Now that we’re well into the second half of 2014 and reaching the end of the summer, it’s time for me to come to you again with some new and (hopefully) even more up to date Oscar predictions. I sincerely hope that they’ll represent another bit of a change from speculation on towards educated guesswork now that awards season is fast approaching us. We still have a long way to go in the season overall, don’t me wrong, and these new predictions will likely be wrong more than right in the end anyway, but with each passing update I’m getting attempting to figure it all out and get more and more confident in backing particular horses as opposed to other ones that I’ve mentioned previously. If that sounds a bit repetitive to you, well…that’s still kind of the nature of the beast for this. If nothing else, this endeavor continues to sort of show where I’m coming from as the months pass and the race begins to change and evolve into something truly competitive and quantifiable, especially when precursor season kicks into gear later on in 2014.

Continuing the trend I’ve had all year so far, 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 among the most nominated at this year’s ceremony, though it’s now joined by Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman as well and David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Overall, my predictions are a bit different this time, in a purposefully experimental way. I’m predicting new winners in each of the major categories (and all of the technical ones as well, so it’s brand new winners all around), seeing how they look as compared to what I’ve been saying so far this year. It might not wind up particularly accurate, but until the festival season begins next month and more of these movies actually screen, we’re still guessing more often than not. It’s just a matter of trying to make the guesses more and more educated as the season progresses.

Obviously, you al know that I could go on about all of the major changes that I’ve made (basically all over the place, which translates to everywhere, at least in terms of winners) this time around, particularly with titles like MacBeth and Suite française opting to delay until next awards season, but I know at this point you mostly just want to see actual predictions, so here now is just how I see the Academy Awards shaping up to look like at this midway juncture in the year:

BEST PICTURE

1. Gone Girl
2. Unbroken
3. Foxcatcher
4. Men, Women, & Children
5. Boyhood
6. Interstellar
7. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
8. Rosewater
9. Big Eyes
10. Birdman

BEST DIRECTOR

1. David Fincher – Gone Girl
2. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
3. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
4. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
5. Jason Reitman – Men, Women, & Children

BEST ACTOR

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman
2. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
3. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
4. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

BEST ACTRESS

1. Jessica Chastain – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
2. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
3. Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes
4. Edward Norton – Birdman
5. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
3. Anna Kendrick – Into the Woods
4. Rosemarie DeWitt – Men, Women, & Children
5. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Boyhood
2. Foxcatcher
3. Mr. Turner
4. Interstellar
5. Birdman

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. How to Train Your Dragon 2
2. The Lego Movie
3. Big Hero 6
4. The Boxtrolls
5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Interstellar
2. Unbroken
3. Gone Girl
4. Foxcatcher
5. Birdman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Gone Girl
2. Foxcatcher
3. Unbroken
4. Interstellar
5. Boyhood

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Into the Woods
2. Foxcatcher
3. Maleficent

BEST SOUND MIXING

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

BEST SOUND EDITING

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2. Interstellar
3. Godzilla
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
5. Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Begin Again
2. The Lego Movie
3. Into the Woods
4. Muppets Most Wanted
5. Joe

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Blue is the Warmest Color
2. Winter Sleep
3. The Assassin
4. Leviathan
5. The Raid 2: Berendal

Next month I’ll have some more brand new predictions up, so stay tuned as usual 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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