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Oscar Watching: FOXCATCHER for the Win?


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams is in a great position to win her first Oscar – biopic role, sixth nomination, The Weinstein Company, film drops on Christmas Day. (Of course, I’ve predicted Adams for the win before…) Rosamund Pike might be the acting breakthrough of the year with Gone Girl. Melissa McCarthy could be a factor for going against type in the Silver Linings Playbook-esque St. Vincent. Reese Witherspoon is looking for a comeback with Wild, among other films. Jessica Chastain is a critical darling whose acclaimed performance in the Eleanor Rigby film(s) could carry her all the way to the Oscar podium.

1. Amy Adams for Big Eyes

2. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

3. Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent

4. Reese Witherspoon for Wild

5. Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

6. Nicole Kidman for Queen of the Desert
7. Anna Kendrick for The Last Five Years
8. Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth
9. Julianne Moore for Still Alice
10. Jennifer Aniston for Cake

Other Possibilities: Mia Wasikowska for Tracks, Kristen Wiig for Nasty Baby, Meryl Streep for Into the Woods, Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig for Welcome to Me, Tessa Thompson for Dear White People, Charlize Theron for Dark Places, Maggie Smith for My Old Lady, Shailene Woodley for The Fault in Our Stars, Helen Mirren for The Hundred-Foot Journey, Brie Larson for The Gambler, Angelina Jolie for Maleficent, Anne Dorval for Mommy, Hilary Swank for The Homesman, Scarlett Johansson for Lucy


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell gives a transformative, against-type performance in a film that might win the big prize. I find it difficult to predict anyone else right now, really, but career love for Spall might carry him to the win. David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, which could go all the way, and Michael Keaton’s career narrative plays into the actor’s role in Birdman. Bill Murray might net his second nomination for his curmudgeon part in the dramedy St. Vincent.

1. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

2. Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner

3. David Oyelowo for Selma

4. Michael Keaton for Birdman

5. Bill Murray for St. Vincent

6. Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes
7. Jack O’Connell for Unbroken
8. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
9. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
10. Ben Affleck for Gone Girl

Other Possibilities: Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up, Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood, Robert Downey Jr. for The Judge, Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, John Lithgow for Love is Strange, Alfred Molina for Love is Strange, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar, Jonah Hill for True Story, Gael García Bernal for Rosewater, Miles Teller for Whiplash, Brad Pitt for Fury, Mark Wahlberg for The Gambler

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

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.