With an Oscars host announced, the awards season is gearing up and is ready to be one of the most competitive in years. There is a wide range of films in contention for the coveted Best Picture gong, including quirky dramas, biopics, thrillers and blockbusters all ready to battle. Here are the likely nominees, as of 16/10/2014.
1. Unbroken- Currently second favourite at the bookies, Unbroken is my pick to win as it has all the ingredients to make the perfect Oscar baiting film. It’s yet to have it’s premiere, but with the footage seen so far, Angelina Jolie’s biopic is likely to be a major contender.
2. Boyhood- The bookies favourite in the category, Boyhood is sure to be a contender as it is a truely wonderful film and brilliant achievement. It may be hindered by it’s summer release in limited cinemas, but it has enough magic to stick in the memories of the awards voters.
3. Birdman- With it’s popularity increasing all the time, Birdman has a limited release in the U.S. this weekend, where the Academy voters will see if it is worthy of all it’s buzz. Expect nods in major categories, with Michael Keaton likely to win Best Actor, but it won’t win.
4. Foxcatcher- With it’s showings at almost every festival going, Foxcatcher is gaining a lot of love from critics. Unfortunately, most of the praise is going to the acting so expect nods for Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, but don’t expect any major wins.
5. The Imitation Game- Having grown through the rankings following it’s Toronto win, The Imitation Game is likely to score a nomination here aswell as nods for it’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, but it’s likely to go home empty handed.
6. Interstellar- Everyone is very excited to see Christopher Nolan’s latest, and could be the only Blockbuster to be a major contender. It will win a sack load in the technical categories but unless it knocks everyone’s socks off, it won’t win any major awards.
7. Gone Girl- It’s impressed most after it’s worldwide release, but has gone down in the rankings recently as you can’t see it winning anything, but a handful of nominations will be a good result for them.
8. The Theory of Everything- Despite currently losing a head to head rivalry with The Imitation Game, it is likely to score a few nominations, especially for it’s stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
9. Selma- Still completely unseen, we can’t really judge Selma yet, but the premise of a Civil Rights film about Martin Luther King will surely be a hit with the Academy.
10. Inherent Vice- In the last month, Inherent Vice has had it’s first trailer release and it’s worldwide premiere at NYFF, to mixed reviews. This has led to a drop in buzz, but it should hold on for a nod.
Other Contenders: The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper, Whiplash, Into the Woods, Fury.