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What actors and films completely off Oscar’s radar do you think deserve more attention?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #163593

    This may have been addressed before, but I was wondering what hopeless causes everyone is rooting for this awards season.

    By hopeless, I just mean that they’re not positioned for Oscar and probably never will be. To be in the Oscar race, it helps to be a good movie, but it’s usually more important to have an advantageous release date, a strong campaign, an Oscar-friendly director or cast, etc. A hundred great films can come out in any given year, but if they don’t get a push, it’s almost game-over for them.

    Some favorites on my list:

    A pair of British veterans in a strongly actor-driven dramedy about a sophisticated married couple starting to come apart in Paris. On paper, “Le Week-End” should be an Oscar movie, at least for its lead actors Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, and for the screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. This is one of the very best movies the academy won’t be watching.

    I’ve had the chance to see “Venus in Fur” both on stage and on screen, and Roman Polanski‘s adaptation is just as good, if not better in some ways. But even if the film itself was never going to catch fire, there’s no reason Emmanuelle Seigner shouldn’t be getting talk for a Best Actress nomination.

     “Enemy” is completely weird, but I think it’s the best Denis Villeneuve best film I’ve seen, and one of my favorite Jake Gyllenhaal performances. It’s a weird, dual-role story about a teacher who enounters an actor who looks exactly like him. It’s surreal and mysterious — I don’t know if I fully understood it — but it’s thoroughly satisfying. The kind of weird movie that’s fun to think about instead of frustrating.

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    Halo_Insider
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    Daniel, have you seen Nightcrawler yet? If so, which Gyllenhaal performance do you think would most warrant attention?

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Daniel, have you seen Nightcrawler yet? If so, which Gyllenhaal performance do you think would most warrant attention?

    As luck would have it, I’ll be seeing “Nightcrawler” tonight, so I’ll let you know. 

    Sight unseen, it looks like “Nightcrawler” is by far his likelier bet. It screened at the Toronto Film Festival, it’s getting significant promotion, and more people will see it. I hope it’s also good, because I like these offbeat choices Gyllenhaal makes more than his more mainstream work.

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    TomHardys
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    #163597

    Jennifer Anniston, Cake. This is the ideal year for her to campaign for an Oscar nom (maybe even a win).

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    ScandalWife
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    #163598

    The skeleton twins- wiig, hader

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    manakamana
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    #163599

    There are three Iranian (or at least Farsi-languaged) movies I really love from this year: Closed Curtain by Jafar Panahi (which he made under house arrest), Manuscripts Don’t Burn (secretly filmed in Iran with the cast and crew remaining anonymous), and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (the best black and white feminist Iranian vampire western you’ll see this year!). 

    Acting-wise, I think Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin deserves to be remembered, along with Tilda Swinton in both Only Lovers Left Alive and Snowpiercer. And definitely Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    KyleBailey
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    I think there has been a thread like this already for this year’s dark horses. 

    Before I Disappear is an upcoming IFC movie based off the Oscar winning short “Curfew” that I saw at the Florida Film Festival that I think people should watch out for. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Totally agree with the mention of Enemy. It was a fantastic film, but it doesn’t seem that Oscar-friendly.

    Frank was a terrific little indie film, but won’t get any attention from anyone.
    Calvary, despite a terrific performance from Brendan Gleeson, won’t get the attention it deserves either.
    Also, Snowpiercer will be totally ignored, despite being a considerably better than average action film. I also thought that Om Puri from The Hundred Foot Journey would warrant a nomination, but is not on anyone else’s radar.

    And sadly, I don’t think that Grand Budapest Hotel will make a big splash in any race except maybe Screenplay. For all the ones I mentioned though, there are other excellent films that are in the conversation. Gone girl and Boyhood are very worthy, and I’m looking forward to seeing the real contenders emerging from now on.

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel, in like every category.

    Chef, the same.

    Snowpiercer, the same. Especially Tilda Swinton for Supporting Actress.

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    KyleBailey
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    I also think Snowpiercer and The Skeleton Twins are deserving of love. Grand Budapest will get in some of the tec categories and writing and really hoping Picture so I hope we are underthinking its power 

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    Bradley Cooper- American Sniper

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    Andrew Eng
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    Here are some of my picks that won’t get major nominations, but should be at least considered.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Best Picture
    Best Director-Anthony and Joe Russo
    Best Actor-Chris Evans
    Best Actress-Scarlett Johansson
    Best Adapted Screenplay-Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

    Edge of Tomorrow

    Best Actress-Emily Blunt

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Best Picture
    Best Director-Dean DeBlois
    Best Adapted Screenplay-Dean DeBlois

    Neighbors

    Best Actress-Rose Byrne

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Best Picture
    Best Director-Bryan Singer
    Best Actor-James McAvoy
    Best Adapted Screenplay-Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg, and Matthew Vaughn

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    24Emmy
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    Carrie Coon, Gone Girl (unless you consider her on the radar)

     

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    OnTheAisle
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    For me the finest film so far this year is Ida, the stunning Polish film. It was haunting and beautiful.

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    Riley
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    Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon from Canadian submission Mommy might end up my Best Actress and Actor.

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