Last year’s Oscars was historic: for only the fourth time, Best Picture was awarded to a film not nominated for Best Director. “Argo‘s” ascent followed an unusually tumultuous season in which the lead seemed to change hands multiple times through the fall: “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Les Miserables,” and “Lincoln” all seemed like major contenders to win.
Will this year’s Oscars race be equally eventful?
It is easy to predict who will prevail at the Oscars after the nominations are revealed next January. But can you forecast 11 months out who will take to the stage of the Dolby Theater?
First, take a look at our previews for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress. Be sure to click on each film and person to read more about that contender.
Then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual slate of nominees. (Sign in via Facebook or register for a free account in under a minute.)
Remember to pick 10 films for Best Picture and five each of directors, actors and actresses. And while you are there, make predictions for the winners of the ACM Awards and MTV Movie Awards as well as the nominees for the Primetime and Daytime Emmys.
Directors who have previously helmed Best Picture-winners who are back in the mix include Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street“), Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis“), Ridley Scott (“The Counselor“), and Woody Allen (“Blue Jasmine“).
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Films inspired by true stories are popular with Oscar voters. Such film opening this year include “Captain Phillips,” “Diana,” “Foxcatcher,” “Grace of Monaco,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Rush,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Bling Ring,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Monuments Men.”
Literary adaptations with a chance to succeed this year include “A Most Wanted Man,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Twelve Years a Slave.” “August: Osage County” is based on a Tony-winning play. And Spike Lee‘s “Oldboy” is inspired by a popular manga graphic novel, whih was also adapted into a 2003 film by Park Chan-wook.
While big-budget productions don’t always turn out to be awards vehicles, among such projects this year are films by Oscar nominees Guillermo Del Toro (“Pacific Rim“) and Neill Blomkamp (“Elysium“), and Oscar champ Peter Jackson (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“).