OSCARS 2014: Films With the Strongest Chance at Acting Nods

What films will dominate the acting categories of your own personal awards…?

foxcatcherTOP TEN TUESDAY: As Cannes gets more and more press (and I get more and more jealous), I’ve decided to focus this edition of Top Ten Tuesday to the remaining slate of films set to open later this year.  Below, you will find my ten most anticipated films of the year featuring what I believe will inhabit strong acting performances.  In other words, films with the most acting potential for myself.  Many of these have actors who have strong enough resumes under their belt to warrant consideration on my Oscar Prediction charts, some of them I’m fully expecting to be omitted and overlooked no matter how great they are.

Last year, in my annual Davis Awards citations, fifteen out of twenty spots in my acting categories were omitted from the Academy Awards (or Oscars).  Three out of four acting winners weren’t even nominated.  I’m sure there are many out there with a complete Oscar-less lineup.  The list down below are on my radar and fully in contention for my love by the end of the year.

Can any of you predict your own personal acting winners?  Check my list. 

What do you think?

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Still think they should have gotten Glenn Close instead of Streep for Into the Woods, but I love the musical so much, I’m willing to root for it until given a reason not to. Also what are they going to do about the running time on this long, long (you think Les Mis was long, just wait) stage show.

Jamie Teller

Nymphomaniac SHOULD have a chance. Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, Uma Thurman, and Jamie Bell are all astounding in it. But of course, the Academy will probably never know it existed.

Sam Coff

Seems legit


Gonna do this in terms of individual performances, not movies… Each movie will only be named once though.
Most Anticipated Performances of 2014:
1. Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
2. Michael Keaton – Birdman
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Johnny Depp – Into the Woods
5. Hilary Swank – The Homesman
6. Matthew McConaughey- Interstellar
7. Robert Downey Jr. – The Judge
8. Judy Greer – Men, Women, & Children
9. Amy Adams – Big Eyes
10. Reese Witherspoon – Inherent Vice

Robert MacFarlane

My most anticipated performances;

1. Brendan Gleeson in The Cavalry
2. James Gandolfini in The Drop
3. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
4. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
5. Michael Keaton in Birdman
6. Oscar Issac, Jessica Chastain, and Albert Brooks in A Most Violent Year
7. Emma Stone in the untilted Cameron Crowe movie
8. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes
9. Mia Wasikowska in Map to the Stars
10. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover

Joey Magidson

I’m obviously crossing my fingers for Men, Women, & Children.

Manning Franks

After these reviews out of Cannes, I would be surprised if Foxcatcher didn’t get at least two nominations for its actors. The Academy seems to love Miller so far. And especially excited about Carrell and seeing what he could do with a creepy character like that.

Anthony Moseley

Even though I don’t think he has a snowball’s chance in hell of being nominated, I’m interested in seeing how Adam Sandler fares in Men, Women, & Children and The Cobbler. Both Jason Reitman and Thomas McCarthy are solid directors and I’m sure Sandler is looking to prove his detractors wrong after the string of god-awful films he’s done recently.


Carrie Coon for Gone Girl could be a surprise.
Also, if you are going big with Trash, Rooney Mara for Supp. is something to consider.

Roberto Hevia

Can’t wait to see Birdman… Seems awesome


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