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Oscar Watching: J.C. Chandor for AFI

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Even with the deafening blogosphere hype for Patricia Arquette, this is far from over. She makes sense as a winner, but so does Keira Knightley, who might emerge as a way to honor The Imitation Game if it loses elsewhere. Ditto Emma Stone with Birdman. Chastain’s role in Interstellar – which some say is a fusion of Stanley Kubrick’s clinical approach to filmmaking and Steven Spielberg’s heartstrings-tugging grandeur – should be a strong vehicle for conveying emotion. The same goes for Mackenzie Foy, whose performance might mark a breakthrough moment… head to the IMDb page for Interstellar and look at the cast list if you don’t mind potential spoilers.

1. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

2. Emma Stone for Birdman

3. Jessica Chastain for Interstellar

4. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

5. Carmen Ejogo for Selma

6. Laura Dern for Wild
7. Mackenzie Foy for Interstellar
8. Carrie Coon for Gone Girl
9. Jessica Lange for The Gambler
10. Gabrielle Union for Top Five

Other Possibilities: Vanessa Redgrave for Foxcatcher, Rooney Mara for Trash, Naomi Watts for St. Vincent, Anna Kendrick for Into the Woods, Emily Blunt for Into the Woods, Oprah Winfrey for Selma, Katherine Waterston for Inherent Vice, Imelda Staunton for Pride, Viola Davis for Get on Up, Naomi Watts for Birdman, Reese Witherspoon for Inherent Vice, Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars, Niecy Nash for Selma, Ellen Burstyn for Interstellar, Kristen Stewart for Still Alice, Rene Russo for Nightcrawler



Best Actor in a Supporting Role

J.K. Simmons delivers the kind of performance that can – and often does – win, but Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, Martin Short, and Tom Wilkinson, among others, might also give “that kind of performance” this year. (And where else will Whiplash be a factor? It’s gaining ground, but it might be too small for the motion-picture academy, nonetheless.) This looks like Edward Norton or Mark Ruffalo right now.

1. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

2. Edward Norton for Birdman

3. J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

4. Takamasa Ishihara, a.k.a. Miyavi, for Unbroken

5. Tom Wilkinson for Selma

6. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
7. Neil Patrick Harris for Gone Girl
8. Tim Roth for Selma
9. Martin Short for Inherent Vice
10. David Oyelowo for A Most Violent Year

Other Possibilities: Domnhall Gleeson for A Most Violent Year, Albert Brooks for A Most Violent Year, Tyler Perry for Gone Girl, Garrett Hedlund for Unbroken, Josh Brolin for Inherent Vice, Logan Lerman for Fury, Jaeden Lieberher for St. Vincent, Matthew Goode for The Imitation Game, James Corden for Into the Woods, Martin Sheen for Trash, Michael Peña for Fury, Robert Duvall for The Judge, Charlie Cox for The Theory of Everything, Michael Caine for Interstellar, Robert Duvall for The Judge

Can J.C. Chandor score a second screenplay nomination?

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