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A Mid-November Oscar Predictions Update

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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today folks, or at least a bit shorter than usual in terms of set up. You all know by now that it’s time for my middle of the month Oscar predictions update piece. Sometimes, there’s only a tinker or two to be done, but today…today I have a seismic shift to include, namely in the arrival of Selma on the scene. It’s gone from being shut out (what was I thinking?) to contending for wins in multiple major categories. In fact, more than one of the big eight categories have new winners listed, so this is a definite change in thinking. Some of it might be short lived, but that’s what the upcoming new set of predictions next month is for, right? I’ve also added the three short form categories (Animated Short, Documentary Short, and Live Action Short), though I know that’s not quite as big a selling point. Still, they’re there now, so don’t ignore them.

Anyway, let’s get down to business, shall we? Without further delay, here is how I see the Academy Award nominations going at this current juncture, with once again my next in line picks listed for completion. Behold:

BEST PICTURE

1. Boyhood
2. Selma
3. The Imitation Game
4. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
5. Interstellar
6. The Theory of Everything
7. Gone Girl
8. Whiplash
9. Foxcatcher
10. Unbroken

Next in line: 11. A Most Violent Year 12. Rosewater 13. Into the Woods 14. Fury 15. American Sniper 16. Inherent Vice 17. Mr. Turner 18. Wild 19. Nightcrawler 20. Still Alice

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
2. Ava DuVernay – Selma
3. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
5. Christopher Nolan – Interstellar

Next in line: 6. David Fincher – Gone Girl 7. Damien Chazelle – Whiplash 8. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher 9. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken 10. James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTOR

1. David Oyelowo – Selma
2. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
3. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
4. Michael Keaton – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
5. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Next in line: 6. Jack O’Connell – Unbroken 7. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler 8. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper 9. Matthew McConaughey – Interstellar 10. Kevin Costner – Black or White

BEST ACTRESS

1. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
2. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
5. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars

Next in line: 6. Jennifer Aniston – Cake 7. Amy Adams – Big Eyes 8. Emily Blunt – Into the Woods 9. Hilary Swank – The Homesman 10. Jessica Chastain – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
3. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
4. Edward Norton – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
5. Tom Wilkinson – Selma

Next in line: 6. Robert Duvall – The Judge 7. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice 8. Logan Lerman – Fury 9. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods 10. Tyler Perry – Gone Girl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
3. Emma Stone – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
5. Laura Dern – Wild

Next in line: 6. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods 7. Katherine Waterston – Inherent Vice 8. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl 9. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler 10. Carmen Ejogo – Selma

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Boyhood
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Interstellar
4. Whiplash
5. Foxcatcher

Next in line: 6. Selma 7. A Most Violent Year 8. Mr. Turner 9. The Grand Budapest Hotel 10. Begin Again

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Gone Girl
2. The Imitation Game
3. Unbroken
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Rosewater

Next in line: 6. Wild 7. Inherent Vice 8. American Sniper 9. The Fault in Our Stars 10. Men, Women & Children

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Unbroken
3. Interstellar
4. A Most Violent Year
5. Gone Girl

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Gone Girl
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Boyhood
4. Interstellar
5. The Imitation Game

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. Foxcatcher
2. Into the Woods
3. Tusk

BEST SOUND MIXING

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

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Interstellar
2. Into the Woods
3. American Sniper
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. Fury

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Interstellar
2. The Imitation Game
3. Gone Girl
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Begin Again
2. Boyhood
3. The Lego Movie
4. The Fault in Our Stars
5. Noah

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Citizenfour
2. Life Itself
3. Red Army
4. Point and Shoot
5. Alive Inside

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Mommy
2. Two Days, One Night
3. Ida
4. Wild Tales
5. Leviathan

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

1. Feast
2. The Dam Keeper
3. Symphony No. 42
4. Footprints
5. Duets

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1. One Child
2. The Reaper
3. Joanna
4. White Earth
5. Our Curse

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

1. The Phone Call
2. My Father’s Truck
3. Carry On
4. Baghdad Messi
5. Summer Vacation

I’ll have some brand new predictions up next month, 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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