Oscar Predictions

academy_awardsThis week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of AwardsCircuit.com has put together a fall preview of all the films you need to see before the year is over, awards worthy or not.

Many of intriguing premises, while others are waiting in the wings for distribution and/or a release date.  Most of, if not all the studios are represented, from all genres, and all languages.

The final set of Oscar Predictions have been altered since August 22, and will likely not be touched until mid or end of Toronto.  I anticipate some push backs to 2015, and other films and performances to not live up to the hype.  I’ll wait for the dust to settle on many of the big festivals before offering up major indications.

We will have major representation from every festival this season, with the exception of Telluride, but will keep you posted on all the developments with review rounds up and such.  Happy Awards Season and make sure to include any inclusions and/or thoughts in the comment section.


    • You forgot about what I think is going to be the indie sleeper of the year!!! ‘The Toy Soldiers’ it hits theaters Nov 14 its a fabulous movie with Oscar Worthy Performances by Chandler Rylko, Najarra Townsend, and Constance Brennerman!!!

  1. 1. Interstellar
    2. Birdman
    3. Gone Girl
    4. Foxcatcher
    5. The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby
    6. Unbroken
    7. Men, Women, & Children
    8. Whiplash
    9. Two Days, One Night
    10. Rosewater

    • Are these your picks for Best Picture or your most anticipated films of the year? Or the 10 Films you think we need to see this fall?

      • Sorry about that. Those would be my most anticipated of the year, but it would look like a very interesting prediction list for sure. But just imagine if these were the ten films that actually made it…. It wouldn’t happen, but it would be a nice mix of predictably great and unexpectedly agreeable, if all goes well for those films. No, my Best Picture picks look more like:
        1. Foxcatcher
        2. Unbroken
        3. Interstellar
        4. Gone Girl
        5. Boyhood
        6. Birdman
        7. The Theory of Everything
        8. Into the Woods
        9. The Imitation Game

  2. The ones I’m looking forward to the most (in no real order):

    Gone Girl
    The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (His and Her)
    Map to the Stars
    Inherent Vice

  3. I’ve seen Tracks and it’s pretty good, it doesn’t seem to have oscar vibe though.
    It’s more like a slow, natural movie with no hollywood elements, it seems to be very faithful to the real story.

  4. Two things about ‘Whiplash’.
    1 – “after shockingly defeating Richard Linklater’s now universally beloved Boyhood” – Boyhood was in the Premiere section of Sundance 2014, not U.S. Dramatic so it was not eligible for the U.S. Dramatic prize.

    2 – “This is Miles Teller’s second year in a row starring in a film that won that aforementioned accolade” – Last year, in 2013, ‘Fruitvale Station’ won the the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, which Teller was not it. He was in ‘The Spectacular Now’, which won acting prizes for Teller and Woodley.

    Top 10 Most Anticipated
    1- Birdman
    2- Interstellar
    3- Gone Girl
    4- Foxcatcher
    5- A Most Violent Year
    6- Inherent Vice
    7- Fury
    8- Big Eyes
    9- Maps to the Stars
    10- Into the Woods

    Having seen ‘Whiplash’ at Sundance this year, it is still the best movie I have seen all year. Teller and Simmons are incredible and the movie an absolute knockout.

  5. Really happy to see Kill the Messenger on here, it’s one of my most anticipated. Looks great to me, regardless of festival presence.

    Agreed about Theory of Everything being a “trendy” pick right now, but I also think that Jones might just be the thing that sticks. Love her!

    I’m gonna have to pass on Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. Rocket raccoon was ok, but everything else…eh. Not for me.

    And is there anyone who doesn’t want to see a Foxcatcher at this point? Haha

  6. 10 performances i’m looking forward in this fall festival season:

    1. Michael Keaton / Birdman.

    2. Jessica Chastain / Miss Julie.

    3. Steve Carrell / Foxcatcher.

    4. Jessica Chastain / Eleanor Rigby (preferably all 3 versions).

    5. David Oyelowo / Selma.

    6. Jack O’Connell / Unbroken (by the way, Jack is so amazing in “Starred Up”, which premiered last week in my country).

    7. Rosamunde Pike / Gone Girl.

    8. Naomi Watts / While We’re Young.

    9. Gael Garcia Bernal / Rosewater.

    10. Shohreh Aghdashloo / Rosewater.

  7. Ten most anticipated:

    1. Interstellar
    2. Foxcatcher
    3. Birdman
    4. Gone Girl
    5. Inherent Vice
    6. The Cobbler
    7. The Imitation Game
    8. Big Eyes
    9. Boyhood
    10. Kill the Messenger

    Also, I took issue with The Soloist being a ‘stinker’. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I quite liked that one.


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