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Oscar Watching: Toronto Wins in THEORY


Best Actress in a Leading Role

RADiUS-The Weinstein Company picked up Anna Kendrick-led tuner The Last Five Years… and set it for release in February 2015. No mention of an awards-qualifying release, so that’s not happening. Jones gained some serious traction here – and she might end up winning the whole thing. The tides might turn for McCarthy if St. Vincent becomes a favorite outside of Murray. And Anne Hathaway is apparently going lead for Interstellar, so there’s that. Anyway, here’s hoping for some TIFF acquisitions to shake things up.

1. Amy Adams for Big Eyes

2. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

3. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

4. Reese Witherspoon for Wild

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

6. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
7. Hilary Swank for The Homesman
8. Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent
9. Julianne Moore for Still Alice
10. Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth

Other Possibilities: Kristen Wiig for Welcome to Me, Anne Dorval for Mommy, Mia Wasikowska for Tracks, Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Shailene Woodley for The Fault in Our Stars, Nicole Kidman for Queen of the Desert, Brie Larson for The Gambler, Anne Hathaway for Interstellar, Angelina Jolie for Maleficent, Keira Knightley for Begin Again, Jennifer Lawrence for Serena, Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Beyond the Lights, Maggie Smith for My Old Lady, Tessa Thompson for Dear White People


Best Actor in a Leading Role

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 Sony Pictures Classics bothers to push him this season?

1. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

2. Michael Keaton for Birdman

3. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

4. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

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, Andrew Garfield for 99 Homes, 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

Anyone know where the supporting races are going?

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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.