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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #118208

    My favorite part of critics’ award season is not finding out which of the campaigning Oscar contenders pulls ahead, but seeing what movies and performances (if any) they pick that are completely not on the radar and maybe never will be. As someone who loves a lot of films not many other people except critics are likely to have seen, I’m hoping they dare to be relatively obscure in some categories.

    Anybody else?

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    DominicCobb
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    #118210

    The Place Beyond the Pines
    Don Jon
    Escape From Tomorrow
    Upstream Color 

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    Gabriel
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    #118211

    Upstream Color
    Blue is the Warmest Color
    Frances Ha
    Laurence Anyways

    Each film’s lead actress deserves a Best Actress nomination.

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    AMG
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    #118212

    The Place Beyond The Pines – Gosling/Cooper, Screenplay, Picture, Director
    Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Exarchopoulos, Seydoux, Screenplay, Picture, Director
    Short Term 12 – Larson

    The Way Way Back (if it counts as a left field choice?) – Carrell, Janney, Rockwell, Screenplay, Picture

    (Looking at top categories alone) 

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    Riley
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    #118213

    I would love to see Jeff Nichols’s Mud pick up some Best
    Picture nominations; writing and directing nominations would be fine by
    me.  That is one of the best films of the year and not just because of
    Matthew McConaughey, who I do not think is actually nomination-worthy in
    it and is just being elevated into awards discussion for it because of
    the state of his career at this moment.

    Spring Breakers was a cool experiment, so some technical nominations would be nice and James Franco should be winning.

    Only God Forgives was like Drive but with a misguided central vision.  It should not be picking up picture and director nominations like Drive, but it was still technically brilliant.

    And if a hundred-million-dollar blockbuster counts, I would be happy to see my personal favourite The Great Gatsby everywhere (DiCaprio, Edgerton, cinematography, costumes, director, effects, picture, production design, score, song, sound editing).

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    babypook
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    #118214

    Wow happy to see mentions for The Place Beyond the Pines! Anybody from that cast, and some tech noms etc. would be very cool.
    Also The Way Way Back. Love this film, and a mention for Sam Rockwell, as one example, would make me happy. And I agree re Mud. I’ll have to think about this because there are so many others (that I’ve seen so far that are certainly in the “left field” categories.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #118215

    The Hunt, Prisoners, The Way Way Back, and The Place Beyond the Pines. They aren’t part of the main discussion, which is really dissapointing. I think they were all Great films, but might always be on the edge of the radar.

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    Beau S.
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    #118216

    Melissa Leo in Prisoners

    Brie Larson in Short Term 12

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    Smileynate
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    #118217

    Scarlett Johannsen- Don Jon

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    Tye-Grr
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    #118218

    LEFT FIELD FYCs:


    ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’
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    Best PIcture
    Best Director
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Editing
    Best Actor:
    -Ryan Gosling (yes, I personally consider him LEAD, but if he got into supporting I’d be just as happy)
    Best Supporting Actor
    -Dane DeHaan
    -Bradley Cooper
    -Ben Mendelsohn
    Best Supporting Actress:
    -Eva Mendes 


    ‘Stoker’
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    Best PIcture
    Best Director
    Best Cinematography
    Best Editing
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Original Score
    Best Costume Design
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Actress
    -Mia Wasikowska
    Best Supporting Actor
    -Matthew Goode
    Best Supporting Actress
    -Nicole Kidman 

    ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’:

    Best Picture
    Best Editing
    Best Supporting Actor
    -Zachary Quinto
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Visual Effects
    Best Hair & Makeup

     

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    AMG
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    #118219

    Oh yeah, Prisoners too! Somehow forgot that one, but Melissa Leo, Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal for acting nods & a BP wouldn’t go a miss either

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    CanadianFan
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    #118220

    – Le Passe for picture, screenplay, lead actress and supporting actor.

    – Before Midnight for everything

    – Sam Rockwell in The Way, Way Back (supp. actor)… maybe Allison Janney

    – Original screenplay for This is The End

    – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints for cinematography

    – Lead actor nod for Mads Mikkelson (The Hunt)

    – Acting noms for Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now)

    – James Franco for Spring Breakers

    – All Is Lost for cinematography

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #118221

    To mention some of my own, I’d love to see some love for “The Hunt.” I think Mads Mikkelsen has an outside shot from a couple of critics groups, like maybe the National Society.

    Probably not a chance in hell, but I’d be thrilled if Francois Ozon’s “In the House” could pick up a prize or two for that fantastic screenplay.

    Not totally left-field, but unlikely: “Enough Said.” Nicole Holofcener deserves some recognition. Her best bet is probably for writing.

    The lead actors from “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Johan Heldenbergh and Veerle Baetens, are really terrific. Would like to see them pick up a nod here or there.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    LEFT FIELD FYCs:
    ‘Stoker’
    :

    Best PIcture
    Best Director
    Best Cinematography
    Best Editing
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Original Score
    Best Costume Design
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Actress
    -Mia Wasikowska
    Best Supporting Actor
    -Matthew Goode
    Best Supporting Actress
    -Nicole Kidman

    I also think “Stoker” deserves some awards attention. It’s bound to be written off as a genre film, but it’s one of the most stylishly made films of the year. I loved the production design, cinematography, editing, and the three main performances (Wasikowska, Goode, and Kidman) deserve to be in the conversation. 

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    Leonardo
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    #118223

    GLORIA

    Best Actress – Paulina García
    Best Foreign Language Film

    PRISONERS

    Best Supporting Actor – Jake Gyllenhaall

    FRUITVALE STATION

    Best Actor – Michael B. Jordan

    BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR

    Best Picture
    Best Actress
    Best Foreign Language Film

    ALL IS LOST

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Actor
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Editing
    Best Sound Mixing 
    Best Sound Editing
    Best Score
    Best Song
     

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