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Oscar Watching: Taking a Gamble?


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Gone Girl’s strong second weekend bodes well for its Oscar campaign, and while Rosamund Pike’s performance in the film is appropriately chilly, voters might be cool on it for that reason. Also, Fox Searchlight sees potential for a nod here, and will consequently campaign up-and-coming actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her performance in Belle. It’s the kind of film that should play well on screener – perhaps better than it does on the big screen; Mbatha-Raw has an undeniable screen presence and leads the music drama Beyond the Lights – which could be a box-office hit – later this year. In other words, don’t count her out.

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 A Most Violent Year
7. Hilary Swank for The Homesman
8. Emily Blunt for Into the Woods
9. Anne Hathaway for Interstellar
10. Anne Dorval for Mommy

Other Possibilities: Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle, Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Brie Larson for The Gambler, Rosario Dawson for Top Five, Shailene Woodley for The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent, Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins, Mia Wasikowska for Tracks, Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, Angelina Jolie for Maleficent, Keira Knightley for Begin Again, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Beyond the Lights

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Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper could land his third consecutive nod for American Sniper if that works out well – in more ways than one, the two-time nominee has never looked better.

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. Bradley Cooper for American Sniper
7. Bill Murray for St. Vincent
8. Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher
9. Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
10. Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year

Other Possibilities: Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, Ben Affleck for Gone Girl, Chris Rock for Top Five, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Mark Wahlberg for The Gambler, Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar, Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up, James Corden for Into the Woods, John Lithgow for Love is Strange, Alfred Molina for Love is Strange, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Miles Teller for Whiplash, Brad Pitt 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.