This is the category for double dipping from the same film. “Into the Woods” has Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick, “Men, Women, & Children” has Jennifer Garner and Judy Greer, “Birdman” has Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, “Inherent Vice” has Maya Rudolph and Jena Malone, and “Selma” has Oprah Winfrey and Carmen Ejogo. Then there’s anyone from “Carol,” “Mr. Turner,” and “Suite Francaise” that could surprise in the form of Sarah Paulson, Lesley Manville, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. Julianne Moore
Map to the Stars
FOR HER: 4 Oscar nominations later this brilliant actress is still without. After winning at the Cannes Film Festival, this could finally get her that long overdue recognition.
AGAINST HER: We've been down this road before and she always comes up short. Also, she could be campaigned lead.
2. Emily Blunt
Into the Woods
FOR HER: With performances like "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Young Victoria," and "Looper" under her belt, it's surprising this hasn't happened yet. A lead-ish role in supporting could do the trick.
AGAINST HER: Will they buy the campaign? The role was nominated Lead at the Tonys.
3. Patricia Arquette
FOR HER: She takes on much of the emotion of the film on herself. She could be a great representation for the film.
AGAINST HER: The film is smaller and rather ambitious and the Academy has been known to ignore those types of films unfortunately. The campaign will be key.
4. Anna Kendrick
Into the Woods
FOR HER: Previous nominee for "Up in the Air" and continues to consistently deliver in blockbusters like "Pitch Perfect." This could be a winning ticket for her based on the role.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition, namely Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt who could both swing in this category.
5. Jennifer Garner
Men, Women, & Children
FOR HER: Mrs. Ben Affleck gave her finest performance in the last Jason Reitman film in which she starred. She was also probably a near miss last year for "Dallas Buyers Club" based on how great that film did.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition.
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6. Jessica Chastain
A Most Violent Year
FOR HER: Another interesting role that Chastain may be able to sink her teeth into (based on the rumors). It looks to be her year again.
AGAINST HER: Too many roles, especially if they're all good, will leave the Academy confused on a choice.
7. Judy Greer
Men, Women, & Children
FOR HER: This great actress has been a dependable supporting player for years. I'm sure she siphoned votes from Shailene Woodley for "The Descendants." Teamed up with Jason Reitman might give her some much needed recognition.
AGAINST HER: Internal competition with Jennifer Garner. Will she get the shaft?
8. Felicity Jones
The Theory of Everything
FOR HER: The supportive wife role is on full display here. Is there enough for Jones to crack the five?
AGAINST HER: This could go lead or be all about Redmayne.
9. Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game
FOR HER: Is in quite a bit of films this year. This Weinstein film could be her ticket to nomination #2.
AGAINST HER: Too many films can be overkill or cause a vote split.
10. Emma Stone
FOR HER: The film looks like an interesting mix of drama and weirdness. With the Cameron Crowe film out of the picture, is this her chance?
AGAINST HER: Naomi Watts, if she's a standout.
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11. Vanessa Redgrave
The mother role got some good ink. The "Atonement" and "Coriolanus" snub lingers.
12. Kristen Scott Thomas
She has this and "My Old Lady." One nomination under her name is not enough.
13. Shohreh Aghdashloo
The "repeat" by the magazine that went back in time had voters choose her over Renee Zellweger. That has nothing to do with this but there's some respect for her out there still.
14. Carmen Ejogo
Playing Coretta Scott King, another very well known supportive wife.
15. Naomi Watts
As a love interest, she may have some key scenes.
16. Laura Dern
Has this, "The Fault in Our Stars" and "99 Homes." She's a busy lady these days.
17. Kristen Stewart
The Clouds of Sils Maria
The Cannes reception was good and she's proven herself before in films like "Into the Wild." Is she putting her stardom to good use?
18. Oprah Winfrey
Cause her name is Oprah.
19. Jane Fonda
This is Where I Leave You
This Oscar-winner doing something funny and sexy. The old men could be drooling.
20. Jena Malone
Cause somebody has to breakthrough in supporting. Could be her.
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.