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  • BrokenFan
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    #157186

    9 seems to be the magic number but whatever. 

    Foxcatcher
    Unbroken
    Birdman
    Inherent Vice
    Selma
    Gone Girl
    Interstellar 
    Into the Woods
    Boyhood
    Wild 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    • Big Eyes
    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Foxcatcher
    • Gone Girl
    • Inherent Vice
    • Interstellar
    • A Most Violent Year
    • Unbroken

    Possible Upsets

    • Fury
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Into the Woods
    • Mr. Turner
    • Wild
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    Macbeth
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    Well, it depends on what mood the AMPAS is in, and what type of trope they are going to award:

    THE BRITISH PERIOD DRAMA: Mr. Turner
    THE HISTORICAL STRUGGLE DRAMA: Selma
    THE INDIE HIT: Boyhood
    THE QUIRKY, OFF-THE-WALL DARK COMEDY: Inherent Vice or Birdman
    THE UNDERDOG OVERCOMING ADVERSITY DRAMA: Unbroken or Wild
    THE CRIME FILM: Gone Girl or Foxcatcher
    THE MUSICAL: Into the Woods
    THE SCIENCE FICTION JUGGERNAUT: Interstellar 
     
    I know, it seems inappropriate to reduce them to such mere descriptions, but that’s what they are sadly – just a whole bunch of categories that the AMPAS gives Best Picture to. But to be honest, I would be happy with any of these films getting in and winning – of course if they’re good. 

    Anyone think we’re going to have a third straight year where Best Picture and Best Director are won by two different films? I can see something like Foxcatcher winning Best Picture, and someone like PTA, Richard Linklater or Mike Leigh winning Best Director. 

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    BrokenFan
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    #157190

    I think it’ll be more like Unbroken winning BP and Bennett Miller winning BD if anything.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #157191

    I wonder what the other Critics awards are going to deem their favourites?

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    ActingDude17
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    Birdman
    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher
    Gone Girl
    The Imitation Game
    Interstellar
    A Most Violent Year
    Selma
    Unbroken

    Alternates: Fury, Inherent Vice, Mr. Turner, Wild

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    All-Seeing Eye
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    #157193

    I see the split unfolding again. Lately winners haven’t been sweeping.

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    seabel
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    Am I the only one feeling that MR. TURNER will do very very very well with AMPAS? I’m seeing about 6-7 nominations for it.

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    I think the locks are:

    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher

    Probables:

    Selma (if it’s released this year? Even if it isn’t terribly good, with the subject matter and a black woman director, it gets a higher profile)
    Interstellar (Nolan channels Spielberg… I hope, though, he is channeling Kubrick) 
    Wild (Vallee got a Best Picture nomination for DBC in a highly competitive field last year.. maybe I should have added him in for director, after last year’s snub, he could get in if Wild is good)

    I should be more patriotic, but I don’t feel any British films will make it in this year. In the UK, whenever we win an Oscar (King’s Speech) we start headlong producing films that (to quote David Thomson) “interest two men and a dog”. I’m afraid the Cumberbatch film about Turing will follow in the unfortunate footsteps of The Fifth Estate. Mike Leigh might get Mr. Turner in there, but I have my doubts. 

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    Nessie
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    I wonder what the other Critics awards are going to deem their favourites?

    Well I suppose their favourites will be Boyhood and all the other films this year that get a 100/100 rating on metacritic (probably will be several??) 

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    Malick
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    Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
    Rosewater
    Unbroken
    Fury
    Interstellar
    Mr. Turner
    Selma
    Boyhood 
    Foxcatcher

    Other top-tier Contenders 
    Into the Woods 
    Trash  
    Men, Women & Children
    The Imitation Game  

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    BrokenFan
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    I’m surprised at the lack of mention for Imitation Game. It’s Harvey’s main horse. and I also don’t get why it keeps getting compared to The Fifth Estate, when they’re two completely different projects with the same star. Unless it gets scathing reviews at TIFF, Harvey can still pull a Philomena out of it and score a few nods.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    In my mind, there is only one ‘lock’ so far, Boyhood. I have high hopes for many films, particularly Birdman, Fury and Foxcatcher, but they are all unseen by the general audience. I remember Diana last year getting a lot of buzz, and then people saw it. On paper, though, Unbroken looks pretty solid.

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    I have a feeling that this year, we are going to see a more simple film prevail as Best Picture – after the intense drama of Argo and 12 Years a Slave, I think something less dramatic will win – so I am putting my money on Birdman, Boyhood or Inherent Vice to win Best Picture 

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    BrokenFan
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    Hmm….. These are just speculations, but I’d love to hear some thoughts on this listing. 

    1st tier ( top 1 – 5) 
    Foxcatcher  
    Birdman
    Selma
    Unbroken
    The Imitation Game

    2nd tier (top 6 – 10) 
    (any of these can round out the remaining spots)
    Interstellar
    Boyhood
    Gone Girl
    Inherent Vice
    Fury
    Into the Woods 
    American Sniper

    3rd tier (top 11 – 15):
    (waiting in the wings to replace any of the previous spots)
    Big Eyes
    Wild
    Theory of Everything
    Rosewater
    Trash
    A Most Violent Year
    Mr. Turner
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    St. Vincent
    Elenor Rigby

     

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