As latest odds comes in, we are still unsure of the quality of some of the films in contention and when giving odds, it is often the case that it is the main contenders (about 12 in categories with 10 nominees and 7 in categories with 5 nominees) that are given odds under 100/1. So, that means that there are plenty of films in contention that are 100/1 at the Oscars and these are the ones that could cause an upset and get nominated. Odds from GoldDerby.com as of 30/9/14.
Best Picture: Whiplash- The winner at Sundance and a favourite at Cannes and Toronto, this music drama is sure to get at least a nod for J.K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor and I can see it also getting nominated for Best Picture.
Best Director: Ava DuVernay- Selma- There hasn’t been any footage released from this Martin Luther King biopic at time of writing, but it could potentially be a big player during awards season, with Best Picture and Best Actor (David Oyelowo) both at 33/1, and DuVernay could be the first Black woman to be nominated at the Oscars for Best Director.
Best Actor: Jack O’Connell- Unbroken- Unbroken is currently my pick to win Best Picture and this is a film reliant on a terrific central performance. Unbroken is only O’Connell’s 3rd major role but this young British actor can easily spring a surprise and be nominated here.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore- Maps to the Stars- She could lose out because she will most likely be nominated for Still Alice, but if that falls through, she could still be nominated for Maps to the Stars. She won Best Actress at Cannes, and expect at least a Golden Globe nomination.
Best Supporting Actor: Domhnall Gleeson- Unbroken- Another young British actor, he is unlikely to be nominated, but is much more likely than the rest of the field in a poor year in this category.
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain- A Most Violent Year- Chastain is heavily involved in this year’s awards season, with her appearing in contenders such as Interstellar, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Miss Julie and A Most Violent Year, but the latter is her real chance at a nod, even though she probably won’t.