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Best Picture

Imitation gets a boost thanks to its audience award win at TIFF, certainly. But the season is just beginning – let’s see if David Fincher’s Gone Girl and/or Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice can change things upon their debuts at the New York Film Festival later this month; later releases could make an impression, too.

1. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

2. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

3. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

4. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

5. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)

6. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

7. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

8. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

9. Trash (Stephen Daldry)

10. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)
11. Big Eyes (Tim Burton)
12. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
13. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
14. St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi)
15. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
16. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
17. A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)
18. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
19. Fury (David Ayer)
20. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)
21. Pride (Matthew Warchus)
22. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
23. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
24. The Gambler (Rupert Wyatt)
25. Kill the Messenger (Michael Cuesta)

Best Director

Bennett Miller can still win this. Ditto Fincher, but will voters go with a film like Gone Girl? The directors branch will pull through for Richard Linklater, but will the motion-picture academy at large be as passionate about Boyhood? And watch out for Tyldum – especially if Imitation becomes the one to beat.

1. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

2. David Fincher for Gone Girl

3. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

4. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

5. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

6. Christopher Nolan for Interstellar
7. Angelina Jolie for Unbroken
8. Stephen Daldry for Trash
9. Ava DuVernay for Selma
10. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything

Other Possibilities: Tim Burton for Big Eyes, Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner, Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild, Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent, Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year, David Ayer for Fury, Ira Sachs for Love is Strange, Matthew Warchus for Pride, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Rupert Wyatt for The Gambler, Jon Stewart for Rosewater

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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.