This is one of a few categories that it doesn’t matter how bad your film is received, you can still wiggle your way into a lineup, and even win. Right now, Into the Woods has everything going for it but the likes of Exodus: Gods and Kings or even Maleficent can break up that party. TIFF has offered up some possibilities with “Pawn Sacrifice” and “Madame Bovary.”
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Into the Woods
Nominated for nearly everything she touches.
2. Inherent Vice
70's cool clothes.
3. Exodus: Gods and Kings
Biblical tale with lots of costumes.
4. Big Eyes
Don't be surprised to see her name twice this year.
Anna B. Sheppard
Cause Disney will make this happen. Fantasy film.
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. Mr. Turner
Cannes word was all about the visuals and Spall's performance. Could be a no-brainer.
7. The Theory of Everything
Oscar loves their costumes from overseas.
Ruth E. Carter
Civil rights era. Could be showy.
Warner Bros. will push for this and other techs.
10. Get on Up
An Academy favorite.
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero
12 Fury- Anna B. Shepard
13 The Two Faces of January - Steven Noble
14 Unbroken - Louise Frogley
15 The Homesman – Lahly Poore
16 The Imitation Game – Sammy Shelton
17 Miss Julie - Consolata Boyle
18 Queen of the Desert- Michele Clapton
19 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Kurt and Bart
20 A Little Chaos – Joan Bergin
21 Foxcatcher - Kasia Walicka-Maimone
22 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – Ann Maskrey and Bob Buck
23 Guardians of the Galaxy – Alexandra Byrne
24 The Hundred Foot Journey – Pierre Yves-Gayraud
25 Pawn Sacrifice - Renée April
26 Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Albert Wolsky
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.