Oscar Watching: Going INTO THE WOODS


Best Picture

Gone Girl emerged as the favorite of the weekend – and gave director David Fincher his biggest opening weekend in the process. But will it stand out enough to get into the mix when all is said and done? Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was already one to watch, but the recent teaser promises something special. And just when Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher seemed to be slipping out of the conversation, Sony Pictures Classics books it as the AFI Fest’s closing film.

1. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

2. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

3. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

4. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

6. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

7. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

8. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

9. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)

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


Best Director

Fincher can get in, but will the directors branch feel like recognizing new, different names this year?

1. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

2. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

3. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

4. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

5. Christopher Nolan for Interstellar

6. David Fincher for Gone Girl
7. Angelina Jolie for Unbroken
8. Ava DuVernay for Selma
9. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
10. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year

Other Possibilities: Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Stephen Daldry for Trash, 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, Chris Rock for Top Five, David Ayer for Fury, Ira Sachs for Love is Strange, Matthew Warchus for Pride, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Rupert Wyatt for The Gambler, Jon Stewart for Rosewater

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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.