Best Actor Contenders- September 2014

We’re starting to get a clear idea of who will be in the running for Best Actor for 2015 and it is likely to be dominated by first time nominees.

1. Steve Carell: Foxcatcher- Yes, Academy Award Winner Michael Scott, and with his latest role in psychological drama Foxcatcher, it has a real chance of being true. Steve Carell transforms to give the comedian a chance at picking up Oscar gold and is already a dead cert to pick up a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

2. Michael Keaton: Birdman- Another unlikely name in the hat, Keaton’s been given a role of a life time and will see him win the Golden Globe in the Comedy/Musical catergory.

3. Eddie Redmayne: The Theory of Everything- The British actor has had a lot of praise from Toronto for playing Stephen Hawking and is likely to pick up a nomination here.

4. Benedict Cumberbatch: The Imitation Game- He may lose a bit of steam as the lesser performance of a struggling real life British genius, but the Sherlock star should still pick up a nomination.

5. Timothy Spall: Mr Turner- The winner at Cannes is losing a bit of buzz and is the first contender to premiere in the UK, but should still hang on to a spot.

Other Contenders: David Oyelowo: Selma, Ben Affleck: Gone Girl, Joaquin Phoenix: Inherent Vice, Chadwick Boseman: Get on Up, Ralph Fiennes: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bill Murray: St. Vincent.

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Best Picture Contenders- September 2014

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.