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Oscar Watching: J.C. Chandor for AFI

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Best Picture

David Fincher’s Gone Girl played well for critics and as it opened the New York Film Festival, but genre and tone could still be an issue with some voters. Of course, this is Fincher we’re talking about, so don’t underestimate Gone Girl. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuts at the fest on Saturday; we should know then whether to keep the film in our predictions.

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. Trash (Stephen Daldry)

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

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Best Director

No movement here, really. And does anyone know what’s going on with Stephen Daldry’s Trash?

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. Stephen Daldry for Trash
9. Ava DuVernay for Selma
10. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything

Other Possibilities: J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year, 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, Chris Rock for Top Five, 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.