thoughts//2015 OSCAR POSSIBILITIES

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It's never too early to take a stab at the next year's Oscars, is it? Maybe so. At this point last year I thought The Counselor and The Butler would have made a larger Oscar imprint (both were completely left out). The Monuments Men had a lot of buzz, but it ended up getting pushed to 2014.
I also thought American Hustle would more than likely be the year's big winner. While it nabbed a huge amount of nominations, it was basically shut out on Oscar night. I successfully predicted that Gravity would be a big winner, but I didn't quite realize it'd have such big competition from 12 Years a Slave.

2014 has already had a handful of duds, but a couple of surprises, like The Lego Movie and The Grand Budapest Hotel, could still show up at the 87th Academy Awards. Some great directors, performers, and stories are hitting the big screen this year, so it could be a repeat of the great offerings we saw in 2013.

Take a look at the list below and we'll see in the next 9 months, or so, if any of these made the actual cut. A lot of these will undoubtedly change, get shifted around, or be completely eliminated as the summer season and awards season approach. It'll be interesting to see which films will come from nowhere like last year's Dallas Buyers Club or which performers will captivate like Lupita Nyong'o and Cate Blanchett.

What movies are you most excited to see? Who do you think has a chance to win? Am I crazy for even attempting to predict this so soon?

Best Picture
BIG EYES (The Weinstein Company)
EXODUS (20th Century Fox)
FOXCATCHER (Sony Pictures)
FURY (Sony Pictures)
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (20th Century Fox)
INHERENT VICE (Warner Bros.)
INTO THE WOODS (Walt Disney Pictures)
THE SEARCH (Warner Bros.)
TRASH (Universal Pictures)

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, INHERENT VICE
Stephen Daldry, TRASH
Angelina Jolie, UNBROKEN
Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD
Bennett Miller, FOXCATCHER

Best Actor
Christian Bale, EXODUS
Steve Carrell, FOXCATCHER
Ralph Fiennes, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Jack O'Connell, UNBROKEN
Joaquin Phoenix, INHERENT VICE

Best Actress
Amy Adams, BIG EYES
Jennifer Garner, MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
Carey Mulligan, SUFFRAGETTE
Reese Witherspoon, WILD
Michelle Williams, SUITE FRANCAISE

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, INHERENT VICE
Robert Duvall, THE JUDGE
Edward Norton, BIRDMAN
Mark Ruffalo, FOXCATCHER
J. K. Simmons, WHIPLASH

Best Supporting Actress
Annette Bening, THE SEARCH
Viola Davis, GET ON UP
Anna Kendrick, INTO THE WOODS
Meryl Streep, INTO THE WOODS
Kristin Scott Thomas, SUITE FRANCAISE

Best Original Screenplay
BIG EYES
BIRDMAN
FURY
INTERSTELLAR
THE JUDGE

Best Adapted Screenplay
EXODUS
GONE GIRL
INHERENT VICE
TRASH
UNBROKEN

Best Animated Feature
BIG HERO 6 (Walt Disney Pictures)
THE BOOK OF LIFE (Sony Pictures Animation)
HOME (Dreamworks Animation)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (Dreamworks Animation)
THE LEGO MOVIE (Warner Bros.)

My predictions leave out a lot of buzzed about films that will probably have a larger impact, like David Fincher's Gone Girl or the musical adaptation of Jersey Boys. I'm also relying on Exodus being a big player. I would've also counted on Darren Aronofsky's Noah, but it isn't looking to be too big of a hit. There are also some great comeback performances to look forward to this year, like Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, plus the (hopeful) return of past favorites like Reese Witherspoon. 2014 could shape up to be a pretty exciting year.

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