2014 Oscar Predictions – Lucky Seven Performances To Look Forward To

Which performances are we eagerly awaiting for the second half…

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12YearsaSlave_BenedictCumberbatchWe’re ankle-deep in the summer.  There are lots to look forward to on the horizon.  Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity was announced as the opening film for the Venice Film Festival, and the crews behind the Toronto and New York Film Festival are gearing up to unveil their potential slate of films that may or may not have awards chances.

Lots of award prognosticators are letting loose on their Oscar Predictions and putting themselves out there for certain films and performances.  I’ve updated my list on the Academy Award Predictions pages.  As we inch closer to the fall season, it’s important to start putting some things in perspective.  Are certain films even going to see the light of day in 2013?  Are studios serious about some of the films that have on their plates?  Joseph Braverman wrote a brilliant piece on ten performances that will likely have no shot at Oscar attention but felt it necessary to give it their time in the spotlight.  Joey Magidson’s annual Highlights of 2013 piece cited some of the films he felt strongly about at this point.  Finally, I threw my own thoughts and spoke about the films and performances that have presented themselves so far.  A varied amount of opinions on what the year has offered.

In the next few months, there are lots to look forward to.  Some that critics have seen at film festivals, others that haven’t had a screening yet.  Go through the list to see some of my most anticipated performances for the second half.  Next week I’ll chime in with the film side:

What do you think?

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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My TOP10 of most anticipating performances:
1. Marion Cotillard – “The Immigrant”
2. Joaquin Phoenix – “Her”
3. Léa Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos – “La vie d’Adele” (eng. “Blue is the Warmest Colour”)
4. Leonardo diCaprio – “Wolf of Wall Street”
5. Kate Winslet – “Labour Day”
6. Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
7. Naomi Watts – “Diana”
8. Michael Fassbender – “Frank” (probably, dark horse!)
9. Berenice Bejo – “The Past”
10. Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”

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My seven would probably look like this:

1. Michael Fassbender in Twelve Years a Slave
2. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate
3. Cameron Diaz in The Counselor (I want to see if she can pull off such a dark role)
4. Oscar Isaacs in Inside Llewyen Davies
5. The entire cast of American Hustle
6. Scarlet Johansson in Don Jon (She looks great in the trailers)
7. Joaquin Phoenix in Her

Honorable mentions to Cotillard in The Immigrant, Bullock in Gravity, the cast of The Wolf of Wall Street, and McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.



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