‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ will snag 5 Oscar nominations, Experts say

We have a message for all you Oscar watchers out there: Don’t check out of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” just yet.

Sure, it may have opened way back in March, but thanks to a fresh Oscar campaign the colorful Wes Anderson film will still be on voters’ minds when it comes time to mark their ballots. In fact, the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s 24 Oscar Experts foresee no less than five Oscar nominations for “Grand Budapest Hotel.”

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For the past two and a half months, it has floated in between the 8th and 10th spots in the Best Picture rankings of our Experts, but yesterday it got bumped down to 11th place by “Selma.” It could bounce back up any time. Meanwhile, here are the five Oscar categories our Experts think “Grand Budapest Hotel” will reap nominations:

Best Production Design3/1 odds
Adam Stockhausen was nominated at last year’s Oscars for “12 Years a Slave”

Best Costume Design11/2 odds
Milena Canonero is a three-time Oscar winner for “Marie Antoinette,” “Chariots of Fire” and “Barry Lyndon”

Best Original Screenplay10/1 odds
Wes Anderson was nominated for screenplay Oscars for “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Also, his “Fantastic Mr. Fox” was up for Best Animated Feature.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling12/1 odds
Mark Coulier won an Oscar for “The Iron Lady”; Julie Dartnell won for “Les Miserables”

Best Cinematography16/1 odds
Robert Yeoman would be a first-time Oscar nominee

I asked Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil what to make of “Grand Budapest Hotel’s” Oscar chances and he roared back, “Oscar watchers would be foolish to dismiss it, which they may be tempted to do given its quirky oddball tone. The film has enormous heart and that is what academy members respond to most. Plus, it has hints of political and social messages, thus making it feel important.”

“Grand Budapest Hotel” has also been a huge box office hit, reaping $170 million worldwide. It’s been a hit with critics, too, scoring 92 score at Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite none of the cast members gaining much traction on our charts, O’Neil was swift to remind us that the film still has an “Academy-friendly cast” with past winners F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton and former nominees Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and Harvey Keitel.

See all of O’Neil’s Oscar predictions here. Compare them to the Experts’ predictions, Editors’ predictions, Top 24 Users’ predictions and All Users’ predictions.

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