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Oscar Watching: FOXCATCHER for the Win?

THE IMITATION GAME

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Keira Knightley might emerge as the easiest and best way to represent The Imitation Game. Of course, Emma Stone might surprise us in Birdman, but maybe it’s Naomi Watts who steals the scenes there. Again, Arquette has lots of good ink – and is the only legitimate contender that’s been screened – but her nomination might be the reward. The stunning Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King – and has been on the verge of a breakthrough for the last few years.

1. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

2. Emma Stone for Birdman

3. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

4. Naomi Watts for Birdman

5. Carmen Ejogo for Selma

6. Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
7. Naomi Watts for St. Vincent
8. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
9. Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars
10. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year

Other Possibilities: Rooney Mara for Trash, Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods, Emily Blunt for Into the Woods, Oprah Winfrey for Selma, Krysten Ritter for Big Eyes, Jessica Lange for The Gambler, Niecy Nash for Selma, Laura Dern for Wild, Shohreh Aghdashloo for Rosewater, Imelda Staunton for Pride, Reese Witherspoon for Inherent Vice, Marisa Tomei for Love is Strange, Jena Malone for Inherent Vice, Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice, Dorothy Atkinson for Mr. Turner

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Ruffalo feels like the best bet at the moment, but what about co-star Channing Tatum, a box-office star whose recent breakthrough might have voters siding with him instead? Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, has the big villain role in Unbroken, so watch out for him there. Neil Patrick Harris might have a cinematic breakthrough with Gone Girl; ditto Tyler Perry. Hawke could contend here for Boyhood.

1. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

2. Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher

3. Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, for Unbroken

4. Neil Patrick Harris for Gone Girl

5. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

6. Edward Norton for Birdman
7. Tom Wilkinson for Selma
8. Tim Roth for Selma
9. Tyler Perry for Gone Girl
10. Martin Short for Inherent Vice

Other Possibilities: Domnhall Gleeson for Unbroken, Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken, Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice, Logan Lerman for Fury, Paul Jesson for Mr. Turner, Robert Duvall for The Judge, Jaeden Lieberher for St. Vincent, Robert Pattinson for Queen of the Desert, Matthew Goode for The Imitation Game, James Corden for Into the Woods, Martin Sheen for Trash, Albert Brooks for A Most Violent Year, David Oyelowo for A Most Violent Year, James Franco for True Story, Michael Peña for Fury

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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.