2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
(UPDATED: OCTOBER 21, 2014)
“Life Itself” may be the frontrunner right now but you can make a big case for so many including “The Overnighters,” “The Case Against 8,” “Citizenfour” and “Keep On, Keepin’ On.” We have to wait until the shortlist comes.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Life Itself Magnolia Pictures
A movie about one of the pioneers of movie loving. It's probably the one but we have to wait.
2. Citizenfour Radius-TWC
NYFF play. Received stellar notices.
3. The Case Against 8 HBO Films
Don't underestimated something that will make you cry.
4. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me IFC Films
Another doc about someone in the film community with her passing so recent.
5. Keep On Keepin' On Radius-TWC
A silent contender about a blind piano prodigy.
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. Red Army Sony Pictures Classics
7. Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me Area 23a
Musical documentary which is popular with voters.
8. Tales of the Grim Sleeper HBO
9. The Salt of the Earth Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics backing.
10. The Overnighters Drafthouse Films
A dark horse getting a big push from its awards campaign.
ALSO IN CONTENTION
11 Lambert & Stamp
12 Merchants of Doubt
13 Alive Inside
14 The Dog
15 Finding Vivian Mayer
16 Dancing in Jaffa
17 Kids for Cash
18 Food Chains
19 Time is Illmatic
20 Jodorowsky’s Dune
21 The Great Invisible
22 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
23 Merchants of Doubt
24 Fed Up
25 Rich Hill
27 Watchers of the Sky
28 Point and Shoot
29 Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger
30 Jodorowsky’s Dune
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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.