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Best Actress in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore topped the rankings as soon as TIFF hit Still Alice found U.S. distribution with Sony Pictures Classics. As of this writing, the distributor has yet to announce a release date, but SPC plans to give the film a qualifying run – if not a legitimate cinematic release – before the end of the year. Moore is the most obvious choice, clearly, but this is far from over; Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Wiig might enter the fray if their TIFF players Cake and Welcome to Me get U.S. distribution.

1. Julianne Moore for Still Alice

2. Amy Adams for Big Eyes

3. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

4. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

5. Reese Witherspoon for Wild

6. Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
7. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
8. Hilary Swank for The Homesman
9. Anne Dorval for Mommy
9. Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent

Other Possibilities: Kristen Wiig for Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Shailene Woodley for The Fault in Our Stars, Mia Wasikowska for Tracks, Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, >, Brie Larson for The Gambler, Anne Hathaway for Interstellar, Angelina Jolie for Maleficent, Nicole Kidman for Queen of the Desert, Keira Knightley for Begin Again, Jennifer Lawrence for Serena, Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Beyond the Lights

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Best Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne’s compelling, physically demanding turn in Theory gives him an edge over the competition – like I said, My Left Foot. But will the British contingent of the motion-picture academy split support between him and Cumberbatch – and perhaps even Timothy Spall if SPC bothers to push him this season?

1. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

2. Michael Keaton for Birdman

3. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

4. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

5. David Oyelowo for Selma

6. Bill Murray for St. Vincent
7. Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher
8. Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes
9. Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
10. Ben Affleck for Gone Girl

Other Possibilities: Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood, Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up, John Lithgow for Love is Strange, Alfred Molina for Love is Strange, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar, Miles Teller for Whiplash, Brad Pitt for Fury, Mark Wahlberg for The Gambler

Who among the supporting players stands out?

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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.