OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

Awards or not, these are the films you should seek out based on buzz, intrigue, and simple anticipation…

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 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.

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Joey Magidson

Happy reading!


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

Robert MacFarlane

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

Bruno Teles

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.


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-… Read more »


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

Genadijus Lesiuk

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.

Jamie Teller

I’d put Birdman at #1 instead, but otherwise, good work.

Anthony Moseley

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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