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Oscar Watching: FOXCATCHER for the Win?

Best Picture

Foxcatcher feels like the be-all and end-all right now, but expect Telluride and Toronto to throw a wrench into the season. Gone Girl comes from David Fincher, so don’t count it out despite its being a thriller. Mr. Turner has prestige going for it. (Also, never underestimate Leigh.) Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken might be a massive hit and a critics’ favorite. Big Eyes might bring Tim Burton back into the Oscar conversation – and net him his first nod as a director. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman presents a scathing satire of the industry, from what I hear. (Of course, this could go the way of Robert Altman’s The Player, no?) Selma centers on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts in the civil rights movement; Ava DuVernay’s helming helps. Interstellar should be another success for Christopher Nolan – and might land him his first directing nod. Lastly, Boyhood should have enough passionate support from directors.

1. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

2. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

3. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)

4. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)

5. Big Eyes (Tim Burton)

6. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

7. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

8. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

9. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

10. Trash (Stephen Daldry)
11. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)
12. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
13. St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi)
14. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)
15. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
16. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
17. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
18. Fury (David Ayer)
19. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)
20. Pride (Matthew Warchus)
21. The Judge (David Dobkin)
22. True Story (Rupert Goold)
23. Rosewater (Jon Stewart)
24. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
25. A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)


Best Director

With Foxcatcher in the lead, I’m expecting Miller to pick up his first Oscar. But we can also make strong cases for previous nominees like Fincher and Leigh. I’m sure Burton has passionate fans within the motion-picture academy, too. Linklater’s vision – not to mention the all-round acclaim for Boyhood – should net him a nod. And yes, I’m aware that I might be the only person who’s predicting the Oscars who just doesn’t see it happening for Nolan this year.

1. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

2. David Fincher for Gone Girl

3. Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner

4. Tim Burton for Big Eyes

5. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

6. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
7. Christopher Nolan for Interstellar
8. Angelina Jolie for Unbroken
9. Stephen Daldry for Trash
10. Ava DuVernay for Selma

Other Possibilities: Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent, James Marsh for The Theory of Everything, Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, David Ayer for Fury, J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year, Rupert Goold for True Story, Jon Stewart for Rosewater, David Dobkin for The Judge, Ira Sachs for Love is Strange, Matthew Warchus for Pride, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper

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Donovan Warren

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.