It’s early and we haven’t seen footage from all the films in contention, but thanks to Toronto International Film Festival last week, the Best Picture race is heating up and it is all to play for. These are my picks, as of 18/9/14, for the films to be nominated for Best Picture.
1. Unbroken- This biopic has all the ingredients for a Best Picture win: a former winner behind the camera, a true life story, a survival film, a sports film and an inspirational story. From what I’ve seen of Angelina Jolie’s first film, it looks like Oscar bait, and if Jack O’Connell delivers a great performance, it has a great chance of taking it.
2. Boyhood- This film is a masterpiece and is currently favourite to win as Linklater has delivered a real original that has been well received by critics and audiences alike. A summer release may come back to haunt them, but it’s in with a shout and should still win Best Director, Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress.
3. Foxcatcher- Bennett Miller’s new film has had audiences excited for it’s release since it’s well recieved showings at Cannes, Telluride and Toronto. Expect nods for Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, but will just miss out on the big one.
4. Birdman- Since it’s Venice premiere, Birdman has shown it’s a real contender in the big catergories during awards season. Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone will all pick up nominations, but the biggest award it will pick up will be Best Cinematography.
5. The Imitation Game- A dead cert to win Best British Film at the Bafta’s, this biopic has had a lot of buzz after winning at Toronto, but will be short here. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly will both be nominated.
6. Gone Girl- It comes out in two weeks, but with no premiere so far, it’s credentials can’t be shown, but expect nods for Best Director and Best Actress for Rosamund Pike.
7. Interstellar- This will be it’s only major nomination, but expect the board to be swept in the technical catergories.
8. Inherent Vice- With only 2 seconds of footage released we don’t know what it’ll be like, but with Paul Thomas Anderson as director and a fine cast including Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon, it will surely be great.
9. The Theory of Everything- Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will both be nominated but this scientist biopic won’t win any.
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel- Still holding on after a March release, it may get knocked off by the time nominations are announced.
Still in Contention: Selma, Fury, Into The Woods, Wild, Whiplash, Mr Turner.