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Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper,” by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game,” by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice,” by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything,” by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash,” by Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman,” by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood,” by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher,” by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler,” by Dan Gilroy

Best Cinematography
“Birdman,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Robert Yeoman
“Ida,” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner,” Dick Pope
“Unbroken,” Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Documentary Feature
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper (La Parka)”
“White Earth”

Best Film Editing
“American Sniper,” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood,” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game,” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash,” Tom Cross

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie,” by Shawn Patterson
“Glory,” from “Selma, by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn”
“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights,” by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again,” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game,” Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar,” Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods,” Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner,” Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts

Best Live Action Short Film
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“The Phone Call”

Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and my Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman,” Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar,” Richard King
“Unbroken,” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar,” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice,” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods,” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent,” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner,” Jacqueline Durran

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida” (Poland)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher,” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Best Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

The 87th Academy Awards will air on February 22.

Oscar Logo

Here are my best guesses for this Oscar nominations. They will announced Thursday morning at 5:30am PST. This year has been the least exiting of the last 5 years I have been covering the Oscars. I just had trouble getting into with no real fantastic movies this year.

Here is a shot in dark based on industry buzz and those officially campaigning for an award:

Best Picture
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Sniper
The Theory of Everything
Night crawler

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
David Oyelowo, Selma

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Supporting Actor
JK Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Meryl Streep, Into the woods
Emma Stone, Birdman
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel

Original Screenplay
Grand Budapest Hotel

Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Thoery of Everything

Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

American Sniper
Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design

Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods

Sound Mixing
Into the Woods
American Sniper

Sound Editing
American Sniper
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods

Costume Design
Into the Woods
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner

Original Score
Gone Girl
Theory of everything
The Imitation Game
Grand Budapest Hotel

Animated Feature
The Lego Movie
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
The Song of the Sea

Foreign Film
Force Majeure
Wild Tales

Life Itself
Last Days in Vietnam
The Case Against 8
The Overnighters

Make-up and Hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gaurdians of the Galaxy

Glory (Selma)
Split the Difference (Boyhood)
Everything is Awesome (The Lego Movie)
Opportunity (Annie)
Lost Stars (Begin Again)

Visual Effects
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy

Animated Short
The Bigger Picture

Documentary Short
The Lions Mouth Opens
One Child
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse

Live Action Short

The Phone Call
Carry On
Boogaloo and Graham
Baghdad Messi

This years Nieman Marcus Christmas Book has a trip to the Oscars and tickets to the Vanity Fair party for $425,000. This price also covers hotel accommodations, dinner at Chateau Marmont and a wardrobe for the trip. Send me an email if you plan on attending. I would love to talk to anyone who purchases this trip and get your opinion on the Best Sound Mixing category.


Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

GONE GIRL opened the New York Film Festival on Friday night. It was billed as the World Premiere of GONE GIRL, but technically it was shown  to a small group of critics last week including the Hollywood Foreign Press. Regardless, the reviews coming out of NYFF have put GONE GIRL into the Oscar race….maybe. David Finchers adaptation of the book by Gillian Flynn is a dark and gritty film that usually turn off Oscar voters. The reviews have been mostly positive.

Positive reactions from Twitter:

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Not everyone felt the same way:

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Currently GONE GIRL has an 82 on Metacritic and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. These numbers will sway one way or the other as the film opens October 3rd, but GONE GIRL may be too divisive for the Oscar race. The majority of the audience at film festivals are critics, NOT members of the Academy. Critics darlings rarely translate to the Oscar world.  New Regency is planning a full on Oscar campaign and we know that the Academy loves Ben Affleck. Time will tell if GONE GIRL has the legs to make to the end. Fall has only just begun.

The Telluride Film festival wrapped up on Monday. Telluride is known to be more relaxed than most of the festivals. It has had a good track record for debuting the years Best Picture winner.

Birdman poster

BIRDMAN-The most Oscar buzz to come from Telluride is BIRDMAN. It is a safe bet to say that Michael Keaton will earn his first Oscar nomination for his performance as a faded film star best-known for playing a superhero, who hopes to stage a comeback on Broadway.  Fox Searchlight is going full on Oscar campaign. It played in Venice, it will skip Toronto, but will close out the New York Film Festival.  If you buy into the early hype, BIRDMAN could go on nominations in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Editing.
BIRDMAN opens October 17th.

WILD movie poster

WILD-Movies about solo survival-in-the-wilderness, or space, may be getting stale (GRAVITY, 127 HOURS, ALL IS LOST). The reviews for WILD were mixed, but most agreed that Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern could be Best Actress contenders.
WILD opens December 5th.


THE IMITATION GAME-Struck some a Best Picture contender. Benedict Cumberbatch‘s performance as code-breaker Alan Turing will definitely land a Best Actor nomination.
THE IMITATION GAME opens November 21st


ROSEWATER- Written and directed by John Stewart is about A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison. Early reviews were mostly positive, but as Open Road also plays ROSEWATER in Toronto film John Stewart may end up adding an Oscar to his collection of 20 Emmys.
ROSEWATER opens November 7th


FOXCATCHER-May be too dark for the academy, but great reviews coming out of Telluride. Director Bennet Miller won the Best Director prize at Cannes, and is already a strong Oscar contender. Sony Pictures Classic is making sure that FOXCATCHER is seen in Toronto, The New York Film Festival and London Film Festival. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are all being positioned for acting nominations.
FOXCATCHER opens November 14th. 

The Homesman Poster

THE HOMESMAN- A western directed by Tommy Lee Jones has mixed reviews (RottenTomatoes 71%), but Hilary Swank is getting some attention for her portrayal of a woman who helps escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. Harvey Weinstein promised Swank a Best Actress Oscar for AMELIA in 2009.  She might have better luck this year.
THE HOMESMAN Opens November 7th.

The countdown has begun. Next years Oscars will happen February 22, 2015.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy’s return to their standard pattern after pushing the show back to March 2 this year because of the Olympics.

2015 Oscar nominees will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, which follows the academy’s recent plan. 2014 nominations were announced Jan. 16. Voting for the 2015 nominees will begin on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2015.

The Academy Awards’ annual luncheon for nominees is set for Feb. 2, 2015.

Final Oscars voting will commence on Feb. 6, 2015. Voting will end Feb. 17.

Regardless of which actors and actresses win on Sunday night, everyone has their own personal favorites. Here are some of mine:

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

Leonardo Dicaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) **spoiler***

Forest Whitaker (The Butler)

Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)