Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Oscar Predictions

Is Unbroken really an early favorite for Best Picture?

I've made a few changes since last month's predictions, but it's still too early to know anything for sure. While I've slightly warmed to Unbroken, Big Eyes and The Imitation Game, I've also softened on the prospects of Inherent Vice and, to a lesser extent, Gone Girl. Again, my predictions are based on the assumption that we won't see films like Carol, Suffragette and Macbeth this year. It's possible Far from the Madding Crowd will be released, but I've left it off for now.

BEST PICTURE:
Big Eyes
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Magic in the Moonlight
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Trash with The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR:
Tim Burton, Big Eyes
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Rob Marshall, Into the Woods
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar

Changes: Replaced Anderson and Fincher with Burton and Jolie

BEST ACTOR:
Ben Affleck, Gone Girl
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Jack O'Connell, Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Phoenix with Cumberbatch

BEST ACTRESS:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Hilary Swank, The Homesman
Michelle Williams, Suite Fran├žaise
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Changes: Replaced Bejo with Swank

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Johnny Depp, Into the Woods
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Changes: Replaced Brolin and Hoffman with Depp and Norton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Viola Davis, Get on Up
Marcia Gay Harden, Magic in the Moonlight
Anna Kendrick, Into the Woods
Kristin Scott Thomas, Suite Fran├žaise
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Changes: None

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Into the Woods and Trash with Foxcatcher (from original) and The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Big Eyes
Birdman
Interstellar
Magic in the Moonlight
A Most Violent Year

Changes: Replaced Foxcatcher with A Most Violent Year

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Big Eyes
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Into the Woods

Changes: Replaced The Grand Budapest Hotel with Big Eyes

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Gone Girl
The Immigrant
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Unbroken

Changes: None

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Big Eyes
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Jersey Boys

Changes: Replaced Grace of Monaco and Magic in the Moonlight with Big Eyes and Inherent Vice

BEST FILM EDITING:
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Inherent Vice with Unbroken

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Big Eyes
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Exodus: Gods and Kings and Inherent Vice with Big Eyes and The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
Begin Again
Into the Woods
The LEGO Movie
Muppets Most Wanted
Unbroken

Changes: None

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
Foxcatcher
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods

Changes: Replaced Maleficent with The Hobbit

BEST SOUND MIXING:
Fury
Godzilla
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Into the Woods

Changes: None

BEST SOUND EDITING:
Fury
Godzilla
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Changes: None

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Noah

Changes: None

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie

Changes: None

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Brazil
Belgium
China
France
Spain

Changes: Replaced Canada and Germany with Brazil and Belgium

6 comments:

  1. Nice changes overall. I will say this...I've read the Into the Woods script, and Depp has one scene and it is not very baity at all.

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    1. Thanks. Oh, really? Hmm, I guess he's not happening. The role was Tony-nominated, but I didn't know it was so minor.

      I admire your dedication by the way. I never go so far as to read the scripts of upcoming films.

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  2. Can't wait to see Unbroken! Wow so this is poised to be Jack O'Connell's big break eh? Interesting to see Swank in the running again, she sort of disappeared for a while.

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    1. Yeah, I think O'Connell could have a great year with Unbroken and Starred Up (a British prison film) coming out. I wonder if Swank will make the cut, but I'm sticking with her for now.

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  3. Looks good! I don't see Into the Woods getting much love for acting, but I could be wrong.

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    1. Thanks! You might be right about Into the Woods, but I think several of the ladies have a shot.

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