Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July Oscar Predictions

Will Fury play like Basterds with the Academy?

Little has changed since last month's predictions, though I am warming up to Fury and Mr. Turner as potential Best Picture nominees. I've also gone back to predicting The Imitation Game, while I've weakened on Into the Woods, Macbeth, Big Eyes and Magic in the Moonlight. Also, will The Fault in Our Stars really score a song nomination? Maybe. Will Channing Tatum go lead for Foxcatcher? Perhaps. I've left him in supporting (and Carell in lead) for now.

BEST PICTURE:
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Fury
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Big Eyes, Macbeth and Magic in the Moonlight with Fury, The Imitation Game and Mr. Turner

BEST DIRECTOR:
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar

Changes: Replaced Burton and Marshall with Fincher and Inarritu

BEST ACTOR:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner

Changes: Replaced Fassbender with Cumberbatch

BEST ACTRESS:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Carey Mulligan, Suffragette
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Michelle Williams, Suite Fran├žaise
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Changes: None

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher
Tom Wilkinson, Selma

Changes: Replaced Brolin and Waltz with Duvall and Wilkinson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Marion Cotillard, Macbeth
Jennifer Garner, Men, Women and Children
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Oprah Winfrey, Selma

Changes: Replaced Davis, Kendrick and Scott Thomas with Blunt, Garner and Winfrey

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

Changes: Replaced Macbeth with The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Mr. Turner

Changes: Replaced Big Eyes and Magic in the Moonlight with Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Big Eyes
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Changes: Replaced Inherent Vice and Macbeth with The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mr. Turner

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Birdman
Fury
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced The Immigrant and Into the Woods with Birdman and Fury

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Changes: Replaced Big Eyes and Macbeth with Maleficent and Mr. Turner

BEST FILM EDITING:
Birdman
Fury
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Foxcatcher and Into the Woods with Birdman and Fury

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Big Eyes
Fury
Interstellar
Theory of Everything
Unbroken

Changes: Replaced Foxcatcher and The Grand Budapest Hotel with Fury and Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"All of the Stars" from The Fault in Our Stars
"Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie
"Lost Stars" from Begin Again
"Something So Right" from Muppets Most Wanted
"The Witches Song" from Into the Woods

Changes: Replaced Unbroken with The Fault in Our Stars

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

Changes: None

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

Changes: Replaced Godzilla with Unbroken

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:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Song of the Sea

Changes: Added Big Hero 6 and Song of the Sea in case of 5 nominees

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Brazil
Belgium
China
France
Spain

Changes: None

8 comments:

  1. Original Song is shaping up to be a really cool category this year...hopefully!

    LOL, I already started reshaping my predictions for next month. So much seems to be changing. These are great, as always!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it could be a very interesting lineup.

      Ha, I have so many doubts!

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  2. Why less faith in Macbeth? I think Affleck may sneak in, it does seem like kind of he gets in, movie gets in double deal, his part looks huge

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    1. Macbeth is an interesting case. Shakespeare adaptations don't always go over well with the Academy, and I'm not sure how much it will factor into the Oscar race with so many baity films. Plus, there doesn't seem to be much noise around it, and I'm wondering if the film will get lost in the shuffle.

      Affleck could definitely sneak in. Maybe he gets in instead of O'Connell.

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  3. Heh, not Pitt again, I'm bored just looking at his photo. I hope Michael Keaton gets a nod, boy I've been hoping he'd make a comeback as a leading man. He's quite the underrated actor. I LOVE "Everything is Awesome"! It's well, awesome, and a fun song to get stuck in your head, ahah.

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    1. Haha, Pitt probably won't gain any traction this season, but his film might. ;) Keaton seems like a sure thing at the moment. Oh, I really hope "Everything is Awesome" gets nominated! It's a brilliant song, for sure.

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  4. Of these, I'm most interested in seeing Boyhood, Inherent Vice, Interstellar, and Mr. Turner.
    Birdman looks quite original from the trailer, and the fantasy elements such a departure from the director's realistic dramas.

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    1. I can't wait to see all of those! I'm most intrigued by Boyhood and Interstellar, though. I suspect one of those could be #1 film this year (if Under the Skin loses that spot). It's also great to have another Mike Leigh film coming out.

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