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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

The grand daddy of them all remains a mystery. “Boyhood”
was sailing pretty smoothly for a while there — winning buckets of
critics’ group prizes and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture –
Drama. But it lost the PGA, DGA and SAG’s big prizes to “Birdman,” and both
of those films have to contend with the soaring box office (and — to
quote my colleague Anne Thompson — the “steak eater appeal”) of both
“American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game.” It seems like momentum is
being split all over the place, leaving us with the most uncertain Best
Picture race in nearly a decade. While we’re perhaps predicting with our hearts a bit more than we should, but we’re leaning toward “Boyhood” pulling off the big win.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
“American Sniper” (Clint Eastwood)
“Boyhood” (Richard Linklater)
“Birdman” (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson)
“The Imitation Game” (Morten Tyldum)
“Selma” (Ava DuVernay)
“The Theory of Everything” (James Marsh)
“Whiplash” (Damien Chazelle)

Will Win: “Boyhood”
Could Win: “Birdman”
Should Win: “Boyhood”
Shoulda Been Here: “Gone Girl”

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Comments

Chris Kopke

Why don’t we have movies that people actually saw where are all the marvel movies? cause those sad rejects are crap I know the oscars are gone but put a movie that actually makes money

VINITH

OSCAR GOES TO "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING"

Cece

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Tomas Ramirez

Sorry but Birdman is the winner!!

Aditya

Exodus and Noah are bullshit.

C

Anybody watching this right now and thinking about how much crap the academy was getting for its nominations not being black? And now watching and thinking every presenter is black? And when common and John legend won for best song they just kept taking talking talking…at this point I would not be surprised if Selma won best picture to appease all the complainers, and it’s kind of sad.

alex

Birdman is nuanced enough to become a classic

athena padgett

I was so not impressed with Boyhood. Sure, it was an interesting way to make a movie. But the movie itself was well..boring. Birdman hands down

dustin

why don’t you have a dark horse winner instead of should win or should’ve been here. Whiplash or Grand Budapest should win too.

jim

the academy does not like Clint, and the means no like American Sniper.

Kristen

Can someone please explain to me the appeal of boyhood? I saw it last night and thought it was terrible. It had the quality of a made for tv film, for the most part was poorly acted, had no plot, with no likeable characters to even make up for its lack of plot, had no moral or meaning and was a waste of 3 hours (that could have been cut down easily, but then again the whole movie could have been cut because there was no plot and therefore no reason for any of the scenes to exist)

Anthony

Ben Affleck is significantly less talented than the Aflack Duck

michael donahue

are you kidding me boyhood whats the big deal it took 12 years too make and it sucked big deal so they spread a story out over 12 years about a boys upbringing and maturity and they paid everyone for 12 years good for them it should be a loser BIRDMAN

KristenT

Gone Girl?!?!?! Are you serious. The book was so poorly written and the movie was silly. OMG Gone Girl. I will not rely on your insight nor reviews.

Ash

Boyhood is 12 years a gimmick with no story what-so-ever. If we are awarding BEST PICTURE to a gimmick than Blair Witch Project should have gotten one too.

Filip

Brett, you’re probably trolling but just incase you’re not. Exodus and Noah was the most mediocre blockbusters of the year

Sheldon Gaskell

Boyhood is boring. Whiplash or Birdman. Also, Selma is so good. I was very surprised it didn’t receive more nominations. Honestly, all the films this year pale next to last year’s list, but oh well. Go Birdman!

Jenifer Cass

Where is The Judge? Great movie!

Andrew D. Ford

Birdman was moving for actors because it involves them on a deeper level and the film was well made but it takes more than that and a wierd birdman inner voice to impress me. I hear American Sniper acting executed itself profoundly and will put my bet on that for now because making war good is harder to do.

Michael Jones

Boyhood – 40 F-bombs, 20 Sh-bombs, drunk adults verbally abusive to children, drunk Father beating his wife down to the ground, and slimy political pandering in all directions, low quality trash. Who out there in America wants this puke -rubber stamped- by the Academy as true “Art” for the entire world to enjoy? What a great example for America!

Chris

Personally, I think Whiplash was uncontested.

Bingedrinker

The only nice thing about Birdman is the continuous camera shot. The story is pretentious at best.

John Donahue

Whiplash is by far the best picture of the year. Birdman-Boyhood? Are you kidding me?

Darien

Forget about Gone girl. Should win Boyhood? Are you kidding. Probably the most overrated film ever. Yes, It took twelve years of production, but the whole product was twelve years of emptiness. The film is good, true, but it’s no masterpiece, much less an Oscar material.

Max

Shoulda Been Here: "Gone Girl"?? Are you kidding me? Interestellar is a hundreed times better than Gone Girl

David

So now you assholes are hating on Boyhood!? F*** off

krishna jagan

what’s this big fuss about BOYHOOD,,,,American sniper is the best

Brent

My bad I might have gotten a little out of hand there. I’m just trying to say that with Boyhood the film is so much more than just the face value. Sure you can watch it and just see something boring but if you look a little deeper you can find something truly incredible.

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Miranda Grace

Have just seen Boyhood – I thought it was absolutely tedious – poor acting – like a reality TV show where nothing happened – not my kind of film at all – will be really disappointed if it wins Best Film

Brent

Not sure how you can see Boyhood was bad. It had sequences so you can’t say it was plotless or meandering. The symbolism was incredible too. At the end when Mason Jr. declines the beer from his dad reflects the negative impact alcohol has had on his life. Oh yeah, you didn’t catch that, did you? Most of all, this is a study of the human condition. It was a funny, poignant, and accurate look at the human condition resonating through the post-modern American dream family living in 21st century America. If you didn’t love Boyhood, I guess you guys are better off with Transformers.

chris

I saw them all, and Whiplash was the best picture. Boyhood should have been name Boorhood. The movie is a gimmick film that lacks content. Nothing happens and I waited 2 hours and 40 minutes for it to start. Imitation Games is also a competent film. The real shame here is Gone Girl wasn’t nominated. American Sniper was just jack hammer propaganda dummied down for an even dumber audience.

Walter

Are you guys kidding about Noah? This movie was raked through the coals by critics and fans alike.

Chris

I agree that Gone Girl should have been on the list, as well as Wild. Kim Dickens and Carrie Coon should also have received some recognition for their stellar work in Gone Girl. Boyhood was an interesting concept in filmmaking, but it did not translate to a powerful film. I sincerely hope the academy doesn’t buy into the 12 year of filming gimmick (The Artist -black and white silent gimmick). My vote is on Birdman or The Imitation Game.

Rick

I’d say in order of should win is American Sniper, Theory of Everything, Boyhood. Boyhood is an innovative coming of age story, but its empty, Theory is an amazing story, Jane was the light in Steven’s cosmos, but its a selfish story, but American Sniper, it’s timely, its now, its amazing, its tragic, the whole movie I was expecting disaster and it came when least expecting. Saw this movie when it came out and I still think about it.

Gern

Boyhood was such a great idea and it was well executed…but it was soooo booorrring!

MrElm00

Boyhood was good, but the gimmick of the 12 years only takes it so far. Birdman should win.

Kevin

Whiplash was by far my favorite film of 2014 and I’d love to see it win but I know it will not. my second choice would be Boyhood, but Whiplash is a WAY better film

tara393

Boyhood was slow , Imagine Game and American Sniper both good. Birdman great acting , storyline not so much. Haven’t seen Foxcather

MURX

Boyhood should win
unfortunatelly American Sniper WILL win.
God bless the jury !

COONDOG

IF BOYHOOD IM PUTIN A BULLET IN MY HEAD THAT MOVIE IS THE WORST SRCEENPALY AND EDITING PICTURE I HAVE EVER SEEN

M

Unbroken was one of the best films I’ve ever seen. This should have been on the list of nominations for best film.

Alison

Boyhood is one of the most boring films I’ve ever seen. I truly hope Selma gets the recognition it deserves.

Patrick

Whets kill the messenger or night crawler

Aguilar

I take it you haven’t seen Whiplash. That will win.

Sam

I would really like to see the Imitation Game win!

Mike

I wanted to claw my eyes out after 2hr and 46mins of Boyhood.

M.T

Oh for god’s sake! The Academy is so old-fashioned, they robbed Nightcrawler just like they did with Drive (but the Oscars only like cute movies)…In that list there are only 2 great movies: Birdman and Whiplash. The rest is boring and forgettable…

Aidan

Just want to point out that Brett made his comments in March before any of the movies he was talking about were released so you can’t shit on him for movies he knew nothing about and thought could have potential

Jeremy

Boyhood? More like Borehood.

Karla Ruiz

12 years* sorry

Karla Ruiz

The fact that Boyhood was filmed in 2 years does not make a good film.

Cassius

Boyhood is a very mediocre movie. One person said: "What a great move!", and everybody jumped on the "what a great movie!" bandwagon. The ones that should be runner ups for best picture are Birdman, Whiplash, and Grand Budapest Hotel.

Wade

For as much praise as Boyhood is getting, I cannot see it winning. It’s a good movie, and Richard Linklater should win best director, but I just don’t think the film was impressive enough for all of the glorification that it’s getting. Either The Grand Budapest Hotel or Birdman are going to pull off what critics will call a "shocker" on award night. My money is on TGBH, which is the movie that everyone constantly underestimates.

Jade

The director of "Boyhood" should win, for the unique concept of filming over 12 years, but the film itself should not win, as it was a very generic, run of the mill "slice of life" film. Had it been filmed the usual way with different actors playing the kids at different ages, there’s no way it would have been recognized by the academy. The Imitation Game SHOULD win and I’ll be very disappointed if it doesn’t.

Jessica

Birdman was my favorite to watch. The Grand Budapest was fabulous and fun to watch also. The others were boring and lacking in some way. I agree that Gone Girl should have been listed here. American Sniper was a disappointment (very slow and boring)..whiplash kept my interest but really it was JK Simmons that made that movie spectacular. Boyhood is a great idea that took much effort but it was also lacking and slow. The Imitation Game was excellent and changed the way I view WWII, but again slow at times. I hope Birman wins, and everyone in it.. Michael Keaton would be robbed if he does not win. Selma and Theory of Ev. I still have yet to watch.

Rory

Birdman. You freakin Neanderthals.

Ellen

Best Picture – Birdman!

Ethanq180@gmail.com

what about nightcrawler it was way better than gone girl

Sofiya

Imitation Game, a hundred times over Boyhood. Boyhood is sinfully boring!

Aaron

Annie, Exodus, or Noah? You are a joke Brett. Where the hell is Foxcatcher?

Frederick Lynch

Why would a movie about growing up get nominated, because it was filmed over a 12 year span? What makes it Oscar worthy?

Edward Jenkins

Selma will win because of political correctess.

Max

Interesting Oscar Info.

Milena

Were’s Hunger Games Mockingjay part 1!!!! #thebest#JenniferLawrence

Gone Home

Gone Girl was a piece of drivel. I could not find a single caharachter I could relate to or even start to like. Poor story, poorly brought to screen.

E.

The winner will be most likely:
1. Boyhood
2. Birdman
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
There’s no chance for The Imitation Game. Selma got shut out, even if not literally. The Theory of Everything is Beautiful Mind 2.0, so no. American Sniper made a good showing, but no, it’s not gonna win. Whiplash, ditto.
I’m predicting TGBH to surprise and do quite a mess here and clean the table, because who knows?

Richard

Selma is such a bad movie, it’s overrated because of the racial issues going on

Luis

1. Birdman (by Alejandro G. Inarritu)…
2. Boyhood (by Richard Linklater)…
3. The Imitation Game (by Morten Tyldum)…
4. Selma (by Ava DuVernay)…
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (by Wes Anderson)…
6. The Theory of Everything (by James Marsh)…
7. Gone Girl (by David Fincher)…
8. Foxcatcher (by Bennett Miller)…
9. American Sniper (by Clint Eastwood)…
10. Interstellar (by Christopher Nolan)…

Arthu

most amazing movie "unbroken"

death eater

The Theory Of Everything is actually the most likely winner over all. I have seen the actor and I am more than 90% sure he will take the best actor in a leading role prize with him to England. Mark my comment , I’d have said this before the golden globes but wasn’t here

Zachary

Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Interstellar Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash

Wade

I believe Selma is getting more credit than it deserves. Selma will get its nominations but the road ends there. I’ve seen Selma and it felt like a dry and empty shell of a movie that felt uninspired and had very little emotion. Not to mention the numerous historical inaccuracies that plagued the film. Selma may have had buzz surrounding it a month ago, but that was primarily because of everything happening in the news (Ferguson mostly). The buzz around Selma is on the decline and I don’t see it picking back up before Oscar night. This race is between far better films (Birdman, Boyhood, and The Grand Budapest Hotel). In lesser years, Selma might have taken it, but this year has too many frontrunners to give it breathing room.

TheBatman

Awwww man! Interstellar should be on here!

Ray

No, Annie is not on this list. Why would it?

Tyrone Johndon

If Selma is not a lock for best picture consideration. Then throw out the awards

nia

I have a hard time accepting that The Hobbit isn’t even being considered.

Andy

Ubroken was a real piece of shit and Angelina whored herself out for those oscars. Please take a movie with a boatload of bad reviews and a rating of $9% on RT off!

DJ

Boyhood and Force Majeure have something in common other than being on every critics and pundit’s list of the best movies of 2014. They are both boring, pretentious pieces of crap. I’ve seen student films that were far better in every respect.

AJ

As long as either Boyhood or Birdman wins it, I’ll be satisfied. A great year for movies though. My favorites in descending order would probably be Boyhood, Birdman, Whiplash Nightcrawler, and Gone Girl.

Alex

Boyhood was ok, apart from the 12 year thing the screenplay is far from great, specially that white savior thing they did with Patricia’s character. As a latino myself I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off at that restaurant scene. I laughed, cringed and felt insulted at the same time. Poor screenplay decision, giving it best picture is ridiculous.

Keith

there’s no reason to put Selma on the eight spot, it wasn’t nominated for a Bafta because the movie only opens February 6.

jrose

Brett and Hudsucker are trolls, right? Anyway, I’d be shocked if Selma doesn’t get nominated. First rate filmmaking plus important subject matter equals an Oscar nod.

James

dear peter knegt, stop being so dumb. you should come up with your own predictions, now that Selma wasn’t nominated for a Bafta, you changed the movie position on this list from #3 to #8 ? If your predictions are only based on this, indiewire should quit doing it.

Will

I love Indiewire as much as the next person, but you guys totally lose cool points with me, because everytime a new list of nominations are announced (wether is the Bafta, or the Golden Globes, etc) you always change your predictions in accordance to what they are.

Alex Dupont

Unbroken is out of discussion, not even as a dark horse. Interstellar?

Petewhite

Where is Pride on this list?

shawn

Boyhood was not that great. The acting was too scripty.Nightcrawler was a much better film.

jayandrade

My final predictions

– "Boyhood" (for the win (?))
– "Birdman" (if not for Boyhood…)
– "The Imitation Game" (Harvey’s baby)
– "The Theory of Everything" (Without the disastrous direction probably would be ‘The King Speech’ or ‘A Beautiful Mind’ of this year)
– "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (one of the top3 movies of the year)
– "Selma" (deserving)
– "Whiplash" (Academy can´t miss the indie)
– "American Sniper" (Probably the best movie of the year)
-"Gone Girl" (The popular movie nominated)

If is ten…
– "Foxcatcher" but I will rather "Nightcrawler"

Jen

Peter, you’re fired.

Matthew

It’s a battle between Boyhood and Birdman this year. Although I’m sure it’s going to be Boyhood, I’d love Birdman to win. I agree with the Riley, this year has been great for films. I think the nominees will be: Birdman, Boyhood (winner), Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, and Gone Girl if there are 10.

AP

Why is Unbroken still on any Oscar lists? It’s got a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, for Pete’s Sake. Stop with this movie already.

Logan

Last year ‘Philomena’ won no precursor, yet was so good, I felt it had to be an Oscar nominee, and it was. I’m wondering
if ‘Into the Woods’ will be this year’s Philomena.

Joe

How unfortunate that Mr. Turner has become a dark horse.

ONLY TWO

It’s going to be Boyhood or Selma.

Anderson

Wild needs to be on this list.

Ida Tarbell

None of these have any chance. Annie is a comic book without comic book effects, starring black people, a new ploy that started last year with the Butler & 12 years a slave. Neither film was that good, but got a civil rightsy run for awards anyway. Exodus and Noah are attempts at gross Cecil B. DeMille theatrics. They’re unwatchable. Gone Girl is not oscar material. What’s Knight of Cups, a porn film?

acutebujp

"Does Knight of Cups have any chance?" same wonder and I

Jamie

What about Whiplash??

RS

Does ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ have any chance?

Pham Hong Quan

Unbroken will and should be in technical categories only.

Calum

Brett, the reason those three have not been included is due to one reason, apologies for saying it, but not a single one of those contains the factors suitable for a best picture winner, let alone a nominee.

Riley

imho there will be 10 this year. Fantastic year for film! The nerd in me wants Captain America The Winter Soldier to be on here so bad! But here’s my predictions… Birdman, Boyhood, Imitation Game, Theory of Everything, Selma, Grand Budapest Hotel, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler. Birdman or Boyhood will win.

Reed Gill

Knight of Cups probably won’t be released in time. Maybe next year though. Brett, bubi, you need to sharpen your taste in film. Personally I’m hoping Birdman, Boyhood, TGBH, Foxcatcher, or Gone Girl. It’s criminal that Under the Skin likely won’t get nominated for much. Same goes for Inherent Vice.

Marilyn McDonell

Plan to see as many as I can before Global and Academy Awards. Saw Theory of Everything (a real tear jerker) and The Imitation Game which was superb!

GREG

American Sniper won’t make the list–liberals consider it patriotic, military–so it’s out. Exodus and Noah are religion–so definitely out.

ws

What I’ve learned from reading indiewire: everybody hates Christopher Nolan and loves the weird indies that nobody will ever watch. It turns out the academy voters completely ignore the "masterpieces" that everybody in here seems to love.

Cole

Unbroken might be doing well at the box office, but reviews wise the movie sucks. So many critics hated the movie and I am wonderign why Angelina Jlie got a directing and Best Movie nominations at the Crtics Choice Awards. If she gets into the Oscars, then we know how much brown-nosing and campaigning she did to get her untalented ass there. She doesn’t deserve any directors or best picture Oscar beofre real, talented hard working directors. This will show what a joke the Academy has become if Unbroken gets multiple nominations.

Howard

"Sorry, Interstellar"? You’re the one who’s going to be sorry when the movie gets nominated. So now that the Critics Choice Awards nominees were announced, Indiewire starts to think that "Nightcrawler" could possibly be nominated? that’s insane.

John

Oh, how about "Left Behind"? It seems pretty locked in. Maybe they’ll nominate "Transformers: Age of Extinction", I know it’s more iffy, but I think it has a solid shot as well. My dark horses are: "Blended" and "Let’s Be Cops"

JD

There giving Grand Budapest too much credit

Tom

What a putrid list… Typical hollywood dreck that shouldn’t be considered at all. Boyhood is crap. Among the worst of the year. As is Birdman and Theory of Everything. Most of these movies are in my top 10 worst of the year. You have the worst film of the year as a front runner? I’m speaking of Imitation Game. What a lazy "film". Out of what you have listed I would nominate Foxcatcher (which I give 2/5) and Nightcrawler (2.5/5). Also whiplash is very overrated… Simmons tries so hard to be R. lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket and it just fails miserably. Enough with nominating mainstream films. Nominate real indies. That’s where the most brilliant filmmaking lies.

Jeffrey

Ida is a good film, I don’t think a film should be able to be nominated for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. That’s double-dipping.

Feli

After I saw this short video seems that this is my favorite top…
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Sam

Why is "unbroken" getting any kind of love? The reviews for it aren’t really great. It’s doing we’ll so far at the box office due to the popularity of the book, but just because it makes money doesn’t mean it’s good, much less deserving of awards!!! If it gets nominated before Budapest? Or Foxfire? Or gone girl? Or big eyes??? Then it will be the last confirmation I need to know that the oscars are rigged.

Muhammad

What about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Caleb

Where is Inherent Vice?????

bman

LOL at Unbroken as a possible nomination, hell, the Interview has better reviews than Unbroken!

Matt

IDA should be nominated for Best Picture

Owen

The nominees for Best Picture aren’t based on critics reviews, so get ready because Interstellar’s getting a Best Picture nomination.

PeteJ

What about big eyes? I love Tim Burton, although I haven’t seen the movie yet…

Seun Ajayi

What about Belle? It’s an awesome movie and not even cliche.

raihan

The Judge not on the list why?

Terence

Bookies say "Boyhood" is a lock so it’s a waste of time speculating …

Beth Thomason

Maleficent, Noah, Son of God, God’s Not Dead, Heaven is For Real, Interseller, Hundred Foot Journey, Unbroken, Fury, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Game Stands Tall !!!

Daniel Delago

‘Ida’ and ‘Force Majeure’ are both brilliant.

Jeffrey

It’s nice to see I’m not the only one who thinks Unbroken won’t get nominated.

Chandre

Where is Annie?

ezra

Where the heck is Wild?

E.

I think what would be an amazing biopic is one where the characters are handled properly like in a fiction film, and it’d take place for a couple of days or a week instead of the usual Oscar bait timeline. Just a crazy thought of mine :) (Don’t know if such film already exists)

E.

Which film would you rather rematch about twenty years from now: Interstellar or, say, The Theory Of Everything? Don’t get confused by the buzz. This has happened before; Crash over Brokeback Mountain and Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas. And how many loves How Green Was My Valley over Citizen Kane? Think about the cinematic experiences you had this year, and choose the favorite. That’s how the Academy should proceed. Unbroken, whatever you think of the credits behind it, won’t probably stand the test of time like Boyhood, Birdman, Gone Girl and the above mentioned Nolan cosmic masterpiece will.

FPace

Nightcrawler should be on here…and Jake for best actor.

pete

Unbroken might still get nominated because the Academy has a boner for Angelina, but the reviews are so mediocre, it’s still a long shot. I think Interstellar is a safe bet for a nomination. Into the Woods is a big hell no. Rob Marshall directed probably the worst Best Picture winner ever and then followed it up with what was supposed to be similarly successful, but was a huge steaming turd. I don’t foresee great things for Into the Woods.

Nithat

Amazing how Unbroken is still high on the list. That movie was called underwheliming and disappointing by critics. Due to the failure of the director-Angelina Jolie- who did not even put Louis Zamperinis talk of faith and religion in the book. Angelina is not talented in directing! No matter how famous of a star she is, she has zero talent in the field of directing!

Pat

Is Rosewater still in it for anything?

KhalidRafi

You’re crazy if you think Interstellar and Foxcatcher won’t make the lineup

Manuel

Naming Interstellar a "dark horse that could rally" tells everything about your notion of movie criticism!!! ahahahah

Ramen

Really? where is Nightcrawler?

mary thoidou

Another interesting awards season

Chris Holowicki

No Nightcrawler? It has the exact same rating consensus as Birdman, and has done WAY better critically than the likes of Gone Girl and Interstellar

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not even a dark horse for nightcrawler…?

Mark DeCastro

What about Fury?

Reed

Brett is clearly joking. What this list really needs is "Ida", though I doubt the Academy will nominate it for Best Picture.

Damien

The reviews for Unbroken are not very good. I would suggest putting it way below or simply taking it off the list. Gone Girl, Intersteller, Whiplash, Birdman, Selma, Foxtacher, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Eveyrthing will end up getting most of these Best Picture slots. Unbroken was all hype and did not deliver the goods simply.

KhalidRafi

If there’s any justice in the world Birdman will win and Interstellar will easily make the line-up

Bobby Z

Foxcatcher has no business being so low. Really you think Mr. Turner has a better chance?

Jeff Jewell

Its a shame that Snowpeiecer wasn’t a wide release with a massive marketing campaign. It is brilliant. Direction, picture, actor and supporting actress would be lock nominations, in my book.

j2020

The Imitation Game will win (Harvey always win something big and he will not make it in any acting categories) Boyhood, Birdman, Unbroken, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, Whiplash & Into the Woods, will make the cut. Foxcatcher, Mr Turner and American Sniper… if ten is the number

declan

Sorry, I was wrong, I’ve changed my mind the Oscar goes to The Imitation Game…

smart

Birdman should win. It’s a very original story this plot and it was done just beatiful. It shouls also win best original screenplay, best director, best actor(Michle Keaton), best supporting actress (Emma Stone) and cinematography.

Gabriel Bryant

Nightcrawler didn’t have a shot?

Gustavo

What about Nightcrawler?? fabulous movie

Laylee

Brett, You have no knowledge of movies past explosions and jump scares. Interstellar and Gone Girl, hopefully Inherent Vice; too, will be brilliant movies and will kick stupid Annie’s ass.

Darryl

Surprised Nightcrawler isn’t on the list but I guess it’s not a topic that deserves consideration. I’ve seen Boyhood and it certainly doesn’t hold a candle to Whiplash. Not even close. Gone Girl is too mainstream – people are falling in love with it because its Affleck. But seriously it needs to be taken out of the conversation. Same with Interstellar. Gravity won last year. We’re not nominating another space movie. Grand Budapest was good but not Oscar material. I hear Birdman is great so I’m putting it on my list to go see. So far Whiplash has it won by a mile.

Rose

Jersey Boys, loved, loved this movie, would like to see it at least nominated!!!

Dave, The Regular Guy

Hi Pete K! Two of your four picks for "locked in" are not, in reality, "locked in". You’re still great, though! In an indie way!

declan

The Oscar goes to one of these four: (1) Interstellar, (2) The Theory of Everything, (3) Gone Girl, (4) Foxcatcher…

MT

Is this a joke?? I think you have a lot of hate with Interstellar and i don’t understand why, but this movie is amazing, for me top 4 with no doubts. And i ask you why you love so much Gone Girl? This movie is a totally flop. And Exodus is also a good shot, i think it will surprise…Foxcatcher will be nominated and should be much higher than David Fincher’s flop. I saw the teaser of Into The Woods and i don’t know why but i have a felling that will be dissapointed. And finally…Top Five?? Are you kidding me?? With that, you lost all your credibility.

Ishaan

Am I the only one who thinks the movie Frank should be nominated for Best Picture?

Dimitri

If Boyhood or Birdman don’t win, it would truly be a travesty of enormous proportions.

Belinda J. Pugh

Excited to see who is nominated.

Macready Mullet

Why is Nightcrawler not here, by far the best movie of the year

Michael

The trio to beat but you have 4?

YEAH

This competition is between, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, and Into The Woods :-)
I really want Into The Woods to win!!

PatrickH

Most pundits don’t think Selma is going to win. Also, an average rating of 10 on RT means nothing when there are only 5 reviews of the film– a couple of which don’t even give a numerical score. (As a comparison, Boyhood has 208 reviews with an average score of 9.4.) A simple Google search will find you a couple lukewarm Selma reviews. In any case, I suggest people wait for at least 50 reviews before they get too ecstatic about the film’s chances.

Lacky

Annie, Exodus and Noah… imposible.

Jeffrey

Selma will not win Best Picture. Because after last year, I think the Academy is aware of the possibility of becoming too predictable. Also, I don’t know how in the world Tom Wilkinson got cast as Lyndon Johnson. Whose decision was that?

Brett

I could see Selma going for some acting nods and a screenplay nod

nihal

the winner will be selma. 5 reviews and its 10/10 ave rating on rottentomatoes. thats an incredible ave rating, as usually ave for best picture is in the 8’s.

Joe

indiewire’s seriously overestimating the success of Selma. Biopics are hit or miss (usually miss these days), and Get On Up was just one example. Not predicting big honors for it at this point.

Nick

Mr. Turner above American Sniper?!?! Who wrote this crap???

Joshua

No one has seen or reviewed Unbroken so how is it ranked to high on the sites as a sure contendor? I don’t think gonna get that many noms. This is Jolie second attempt at directing and her first film wasn’t even that good. It flopped when it came out. Unbroken has a lower chance then movies like Foxcathcer, Interstellar, Gone Girl, Whiplash. Infact I would say that Gone Girl is the movie who you should be putting in the top 5, if not put it at no 1.

BOO

My top 9:
Selma
Unbroken
Boyhood
Birdman
Imitation Game
Gone Girl
Whiplash
Mr. Turner
Interstellar
=========
Horses:
Foxcatcher
Theory of Everything
Into The Woods

BOO

I called it. I CALLED IT: SELMA WILL WIN. Guess when I called it? I’ve had the film at #1 on my list for over a month. Director and Actor as well.
It seems to me that this year at least, Indiewire’s predictions are matching mine as the year develops, and that my predictions were right first. For example: Grand Budapest Hotel I never thought was getting on, and I knew Mr. Turner would be nominated, and that Selma would be a top contender. Granted, I may have underestimated Imitation Game before it screened. Usually once a film has reviews I can predict it. I will give this guy credit for calling Foxcatcher a possible snub, which I am starting to consider. Next step, Theory of Everything will not be nominated. Will it come true? I’m like the only one who thinks it right now, but we will see.

Seth

Nightcrawler just came out and was quite good. It was a writer/director original and it good favorable critic reviews. Also, Jake Gyllenhaal does an incredible performance. He’s speculated to get several acting nods.

May

I think Interstellar will get the award….. It’s emotions, acting, and CGI was amazing.

Ramon Gawlitta

I can’t believe THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is so far down the list.

PatrickH

I actually preferred Nightcrawler to Gone Girl, though I’d probably give both the same rating, if I were to use the cliched, 4-star rating system. Also, I finally saw Birdman. Add it to Boyhood, and you’ve got the only two "4-star" American films this year (so far). As an aside, does anybody think a film like The LEGO Movie could sneak into the race? I know some Pixar films have made it onto the list in the past, and the critical response to The LEGO Movie was pretty extraordinary. I think it’s currently sitting at #2 among the best reviewed films of the year at RT.

Randy Brookfield

"Boyhood" – no question.

Edkargir

Men, women and Children should sweep the Razzies . Boyhood is by far the best film of the year . Birdman second best. I’d like to see a foreign film like Winter sleep or 2 Days 1 might being nominated for bp I think they are better than. gone girl and instellar.

Bob

Best Picture Nominee Predictions

Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper, and Nightcrawler. Runner Ups are Unbroken, Whiplash, Still Alice, Wild, and Selma.

Bob

Nightcrawler….should be on this list…high on this list to….

Mercy Bona Pavelic

My money is on Birdman for Best Feature Film

Rowan

I really think Begin Again should be on this list. A thumbs up to Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly.

Conner

Gone Girl, Whiplash, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Selam have a high chance then Unbroken at getting this award. Its obviuous Jolie must be paying websites to give Unbroken high ranking over these movies. As usauly she is needy for an Oscar and probably will end up buying her own awards

Josh

It will never beat Birdman or Boyhood, nor should it, Rise of the Planet of the Apes deserves a spot on this list. I feel stupid even typing that, but it’s the truth.

RyanG

Where is Snowpiercer???

Ezra

Birdman is taking it. There’s no doubt in my mind anymore.

CJ

Does anyone know of a good website for ‘theater near(ist) for a movie search? Trying to find Birdman.

The_Grave

I fail to see how Gone Girl and Foxcatcher are "iffy". They seem like sure bets to me.

BOO

Theory of Everything is a totally overrated contender by everybody and it is not getting on. Still think Mr. Turner is getting on because of the RAVE REVIEWS and the fact that its an old person movie from a 7 time nominated director. I mean they nominated Philomena last year! PHILOMENA!

Truong Nguyen

Ridiculous article. Basically every new movie that will come out from now out are Oscar contenders for best picture??? Seems like this year is a very boring year. None of these movies excite me like 12 years of slave!!!!

Naya

UNBROKEN- GONE GIRL- SELMA- THEORY OF EVERYTHING- INTERSTELLAR

chuy

Add Nightcrawler to the race

Angie

What about Nightcrawler? It’s been getting raving reviews, and has a higher score than most of the movies up there on Rottentomatoes.

Adam Cross

Boyhood was so underwhelming and annoying I hope it doesn’t win anything.

james

Nightcrawler for lead actor,supporting actress,screenplay and make up

Jerry

Whiplash all the way!

Nathenalie

How on earth can Unbroken be ranked having a higher chance at the Best pic nom then Gone Girl? Gone Girl got rave reviews before and after the movie movie out for tons of things. We don’t even know anything about Unrboken, and knowing how Angelina Jolies movie ITLOBAH was a failure I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie sucks badly.

kelly hughes

St Vincents?

Nick

Unbroken, Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything. As im writing this Interstellar only has a 69% on RT. So yeah if that doesn’t get nominated i’ll replace it with Whiplash or Into the Woods.

Brett

I know it’s unlikely but what if there’s a tie for Best Picture?

Brett

American Sniper, Big Eyes, Birdman, Boyhood,Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Imitation Game, Interstellar, Into the Woods, and Unbroken are my 10 predictions

PatrickH

26 reviews are in for Interstellar on RT. 69%. I’m not sure I would have it as part of the "Quartet to Beat", considering the reviews are pretty underwhelming, and it’s an action picture. Whiplash was a solid film and could be nominated. Boyhood is still the only film I’ve seen this year that I would award 4 stars. Expect a Battle of the Bs come Oscar time.

ok but

I guess you should take a more serious look at Gilliams’ Zero Theorem

Edward Sargent

brilliant storyline great acting ,first movie this year I did not want to end.5 stars

Susan Buckner

WHIPLASH!!! Should be sweeping all categories . You should watch all before making predictions, don’t ya think?

Gene

How could you leave off "Love is Strange" with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina!

-

I really hope Boyhood doesn’t win. It is good but I think it’s possibly getting overrated because of the fact that it was shot over 12 years. It’s certainly not worthy of the 100 score it has on Metacritic

Brett

The only thing about Noah that’s worth a nod is Emma Watson she was excellent

Shirley

Noah? Sorry that movie doesn’t have a chance.

pete

WhipLash won both the Grand Jury & Audience Award at Sundance. It will be a factor.

Areyoutalkingme?

Winner: Boyhood
|||Nominees: .Birdman .The Imitation Game
.Gone Girl .Unbroken .Foxcatcher .Interstellar .Selma .Inherent Vice
|||Possibly: .The Theory of Everything .American Spiner .The Grand Budapest Hotel .Into the Woods .Mr Turner .Whiplash .A Most Violent Year .Fury

Leda

I can’t believe "You’re not you" isn’t on this list. If you haven’t seen it you are truly missing out.

Phard

Kill the Messenger should be on this list.

Stephen Smith

I saw Whiplash at the London Film Festival and it completely blew me away. I’ve also seen Birdman and Gone Girl and it’s better than both of them.

Pam

What are your thoughts on St. Vincent as an Oscar nominee?

Niklas

I don’t think Noah and Annie have Annie chance for Best Picture :/

Buz G

Just saw the movie Judge. Robert Downey Jr. should be a shoe-in for the best actor oscar

Ross

What about ‘The Judge’ with Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall?

Brett

It’s not the end of the year yet but I predict the winner will be Birdman

aka

William Monahan is not the director of The Gambler, he is the writer.

Ronnie D.

There’s no chance that Gone Girl gets nominated but Foxcatcher does not. Gone Girl was sorta entertaining, but that’s it, whereas Foxcatcher is a once a decade film.

JeffA

Why are all the links broken, disappointing.

deborah

Boyhood is pretty amazing! I agree. But is it oscar-like? Maybe not…

Christ

Noah was shit… Religious nonsense movies are too silly to be included.

Ronnie D.

It would be very upsetting if Gone Girl were to be nominated but not Foxcatcher, as Foxcatcher was incredibly powerful and unique with incomparable acting, while Gone Girl didn’t even know what kind of movie it wanted to be, let alone be anything that anyone will remember in a few months.

Andrew Werling

I haven’t seen it yet but I wonder what people think of "Under the Skin"? It’s at the top of my must-see list right now.

Devin

whiplash – definitely – great movie

Bill king

Nymphomaniac pt.1&2 and Snowpiercer

Bob

First Predictions:
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Foxcatcher
Birdman
Interstellar
Gone Girl
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper
Big Eyes
Runner Ups:
Nightcrawler
Fury
Mr. Turner

Synophile

Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Interstellar The Theory of Everything, Unbroken

Synophile

Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken

Jeffrey

Men Women and Children is the first legitimate bomb of Jason Reitman’s career.

Kevin

Why is "Fury" on this list?

Walter

God, I hope the person who asked about Noah and Exodus is a comedian.

Sergio Salazar

I think "Men, Women and Children" by Jason Reitman is being overlooked.

Alan Arkin'

Where’s "Noah"? It’s waiting for the votes to come in two by two… because it’s only going to get four votes.

anthony

Affleck: Easily the most laughable director currently working in feature films

Jonathan

"Noah" doesn’t deserve inclusion on this list.

THEJoeDub

Best Picture Predictions (assuming 10 nominees):
1.) Interstellar 2.) Foxcatcher 3.) Boyhood 4.) The Imitation Game 5.) Birdman 6.) Unbroken 7.) Gone Girl 8.) Inherent Vice 9.) A Most Violent Year 10.) Theory of Everything … Wildcard #1: The Grand Budapest Hotel Wildcard #2: Nightcrawler

Justin Jaeger Fan

Justin Jaeger, I just want to say two things: First, thank GOD I read your comment before commenting myself… And second, you’re my hero because you said literally everything I wanted to say after reading the first few comments LMAO! Well played, sir… But I’ll also offer to Kami and her "perfect nine" prediction this: YOU’RE INSANE! Granted the comment is from March, but the certainty with which Kami speaks about the films she lists, IDGAF about that. Noah–more like NOah. Jersey Boys– HAHAHA! Suffragette– NOPE. Into the Woods– NOPE. Your ‘perfect nine’– NOOOOPE! #sorrynotsorry

Jazz

Just saw "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" – Outstanding and should be on nomination list!

Eli Whicherwocher

Ok, no matter how good movies like "Guardians of the Galaxy", " The Lego Movie", "Hobbit 3" "Godzilla" and "Exodus" are, they simply aren’t going to win. My money is on Foxcatcher or Unbroken, although I would like to see Boyhood win due to its unique entertaining style.

Brittney Carr

Godzilla IS the best picture.

JJFFKK

1. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. Foxctacher (Bennett Miller)
3. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)
4. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
5. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
6. Fury (David Ayer)
7. Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
8. Gone Girl (David Fincher)
9. Big Eyes (Tim Burton)
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
11. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
12. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)
13. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
14. Selma (Ava DuVernay)
15. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)
16. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
17. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee)
18. Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman)
19. A Most Violent Year (JC Chandor)
20. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

Reini Urban

I wouldn’t miss out on "The Drop". Better than "Boyhood" and "Foxcatcher" imho.

tmack

Wow. I’ve not seen any of these films. Have they opened yet? Will they ever?

Ezra

I think Nightcrawler and Calvary are two strong bets.

Justin Jaeger

To the three dumbasses down below: No, Knight of Cups is not coming out this year; No, Exodus and Noah will not be nominated; And no, Annie isn’t getting shit because the movie will be shit.

Jeffrey

Nightcrawler is more likely to get an Original Screenplay nomination. It’s not the type of film that usually gets nominated for Best Picture. It could be amazing, but the Oscars are very steeped in a films grounded in tradition.

BOO

Please, someone give me one reason that Mr. Turner is not a lock. One. Incredible reviews, maybe even the best of the incredibly accomplished and oscar nominated director. Why would his best movie not be nominated with 9 slots available?

Bob

Nightcrawler is now being praised as well. Meeds to be high on this list now it seems.

Oli

I’d say Dan Gilroys Nightcrawler looks excellent! I know it’s his directorial debut but even still, It’s looking fantastic!

Christian

You forgot a number 6. I am really excited for Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, Birdman and the Imitation Game. Although the last one looked more promising on paper than in the trailer. This is gonna be a great year for film.

Brett

I’m thinking The Cobbler will get a 2015 release, kind of like Crash: Even though it was released at a film festival in 2004, it got a wider release in 2005

smartone

What about one of the best reviewed movies of the year that also is the highest grossing films – Guardians of The Galaxy? Hollywood might give this movie a best pic nom to remind people that good movies can also make alot of money

Bill Murray

I really think there should be another barometer for Best Film of The Year. The OScars is an award ceremony for the Southern California filmmaking community.

Ang LEe won best director for coaxing a brilliant performance out of a 3D tiger okay?

Lets please take a step back from the Oscars truly rewarding the brightest, boldest and best.

tim jackson

Where is # 6?

Rose

Can you add the tentative US release dates to these as you’ve done in the past?

Tina

Belle was excellent. No knods?

BOO

Move Wild up. Wild will be a strong contender in Actress and Supporting Actress, will probably also be nominated for Screenplay. Reviews are very good, movie looks very good, Dallas Buyers Club was a hit, too. 20 is disgusting. It should probably even be on your top 10.
Also Grand Budapest Hotel SHOULD NOT be 5. No way. Probably not even going to be nominated, really. If you think about it this way, for how much it matters, the only other nominations it’s going for are screenplay and art direction, and it might not get even one or both of those. The academy didn’t nominate Moonrise either. I’m also calling no on Fury and The Imitation Game, but I can’t say they are bad picks.
Thank you for putting Mr. Turner on. Some people are dumb and don’t think its getting nominated.

Jeffret

I wouldn’t see Selma even if it got every major nomination. Hollywood needs to try something new, something stylish for once.

Dave Pugh

You call Ben Afleck a recent Oscar winner for Best Director. Nope. He has never even been nominated. And Paul Thomas Anderson has only one directorial nomination under his belt, not four. This strips you of any credibility in your predictions

Tony

Men, Women, & Children

Brett

American Sniper by Clint is getting a 2014 release, put that on the list

Jeffrey

The Academy’s strong bias against musicals will likely relegate Into the Woods an also-ran if indeed that film is fortunate enough to get a Best Picture nomination. Maps to the Stars is getting very mixed reviews and probably wouldn’t be a strong contender even if it got nominated. Obviously you can’t predict everything the Academy is going to do, but this isn’t a very strong year for movies, which is why it seems to so evident as to which films are likely to be nominated.

aka

There are many flaws with this list

1. An adaptation of a Tony Award winning musical adapted by an Oscar nominated director and starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp is in my opinion what would qualify as a "strong Oscar contender."

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Judge both need to be on this list

3. As well as The Equalizer, Men, Women, and Children, Eleanor Rigby, Kill the Messenger, and Get on Up

4. It’s Maps to the Stars, not Map to the Stars

5. The Fault in Our Stars, Love is Strange, and Maps to the Stars will never get nominated for best picture. The Fault in our Stars and Love is Strange don’t boast enough acclaim and Oscar pedigree to make the cut. Maps to the Stars is out of the Academy’s comfort zone.

Brett

Interstellar
Boyhood
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
A Most Violent Year
Unbroken
Big Eyes
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods

Brett

Trash has a stronger chance than a space epic by Christopher Nolan… *laughs*

Andrew

I wonder if Oscar bloggers "nudge" the conversation in a particular direction? Every year, before many of these films are seen, many of you have similar if not the same titles on your lists. Why then, not nudge some less likely films such as Under The Skin into the conversation early? I find that if a film isn’t mentioned in early Oscar conversations, it’s forgotten.

Jeffrey

I don’t think While We’re Young is even coming out this year.

Paul

What about night crawler

Splendor

A Most Wanted Man is amazing, it should at least be on the list.

Jeffrey

Knight of Cups might not even get released this year.

Brett

I believe Hobbit 3 is possible.

Brett

Big Eyes
Boyhood
Interstellar
Inherent Vice
Unbroken
X-Men Days of Future Past
Into the Woods
Gone Girl
Foxcatcher
Birdman

aka

I think people are being a bit bullish on Boyhood. Regardless of how brilliant it is, it is a 3 hour film being released in summer by a film studio who has no idea on how to form an Oscar campaign.

Jay

The Fault in Our Stars should not be on this list at all. It would never get nominated for Best Picture.

Brad

Grand Budapest Hotel will not be nominated for Best Picture I can guarantee it. It was released too early. Maybe if it was released Nov/Dec then it would have chance but that simply isn't the case here.

JP

'Snowpiercer' anybody?

ALVIN

Dawn of The Planet of the Apes is getting extremely strong reviews and has a subject material far darker and deeper than anything that was (blockbuster-esque) released this summer. And Andy Serkis and the lesser known Toby Kebbell (who plays Koba) should be recognized for their incredible motion-capture performances which outshine everything else in the movie. Roger Ebert himself had acknowledged its predecessor 'Rise' to be Oscar-worthy. I hope this superior sequel gets acknowledged by the awards circuit, as well as Serkis and Kebbell.

ted

why the f do u ppl try to predict oscar movies before youve seen them. like there is no way to tell how good a movie will actually be until some ppl have actually seen it. at the start of the year, jersey boys was on this list because of the director and cast. it got crap reviews though, and has made all of you who said "jersey boys will be a strong contender!" looking like fools. moral of the story is you cant judge a film until youve seen it.

Brett

Exodus looks great, it should be on this list!

Sydney

I want The Fault in our Stars to win. Go Fault in our stars. I think the Oscars need to listen to the younger generation. I have never seen this movie that they think will win but nothing can beat TFIOS. And if anyone has anything about my comment I would love to hear it.

Andrés

Come on, take out of the list The Fault In Our Stars, even a baby knows The Academy don't like that kind of movies; it's nothing, not even a dark horse.

Jeffrey

It's very unusual for the Academy to go to ten Best Picture nominees. They didn't do it last year, which I found surprising. These would be my nine picks, based purely on a hunch.

1. Foxcatcher
2. Boyhood
3. Unbroken
4. Mr. Turner
5. Birdman
6. Big Eyes
7. A Most Violent Year
8. Trash
9. Interstellar

Maximilian

1. Inherent Vice
2. Foxcatcher
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Unbroken
5. Boyhood
6. Interstellar
7. Fury
8. Birdman
9. Big Eyes
10. A Most Violent Year

11. Mr. Turner
12. Gone Girl
13. The Imitation Game
14. Into the Woods
15. Wild
16. Kill the Messenger
17. Maps to the Stars
18. Exodus
19. Get on Up
20. The Judge

Psychic

boyhood is going to win it's a masterpiece. period.

James M.

I hate to sound like a film snob, but this is why casual moviegoers, whose attendance is limited to summer tentpoles and Nicholas Sparks adaptations, should not engage in serious discussions about film.

On second thought, I love being a film snob.

James M.

Streep's role in Suffragette is a cameo.

Danielle

Are you serious about The Fault in Our Stars???? I mean seriously?? Do you think a teen romantic flick can make through AMPAS and it's members? God!! The Oscar's is gonna loose it's reputation and prestige if they have this nominated.

Brett

Updated list:
Big Eyes
Interstellar
Unbroken
Into the Woods
Inherent Vice
X-Men
Gone Girl
Boyhood
Get on Up
Foxcatcher

Ccb

The Fault In Our Stars? Are you kidding me????

BOO

Are you freaking kidding me? Fault in Our Stars is a "best bet" but Whiplash is a dark horse?
Mark these words: TFiOS is not getting nominated for Best Picture. Budapest probably won't either. Whiplash might, but it's nonetheless a better contender than those two.
Also Jersey Boys should at least BE here.

Daniella Isaacs

"Intersteller?" Meh. Christopher Nolan really seems to have peaked with "The Dark Night," I'm afraid.

Dan Humphrey

Ben Affleck is not a recent (or ever) best director winner. He hasn't even ever been nominated for best director. Proofreader!

Lauren

Joy by David O. Russell

You have to expect that one to be a contender.

Thomas

Interstellar? Easily one of the strongest contenders on this list. Have you seen the cast. It has 5 oscar winners, and most of the main cast has at least been nominated.

JEFFREY AITKEN

A Canadian film called The Grand Seduction should win all the awards. It's about a small village that needs a doctor, and what the people don 't do to get one.
The problem is, it hasn't been promoted enough. It is brilliantly funny. Oh what a movie.

Brett

Top 15:
1. Big Eyes
2. Foxcatcher
3. A Most Violent Year
4. Interstellar
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Unbroken
7. Get on Up
8. Jersey Boys
9. Exodus
10. A Most Violent Year
11. Gone Girl
12. Inherent Vice
13. Boyhood
14. Mr. Turner
15. X-Men Days of Future Past

Brett

Wow you didn't put Interstellar as a strong contender?

Brett

I think it's possible we could get another animated film in the Best Picture category and those possible animated films are Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2

NewYorker

my prediction are
Big Eyes
Boyhood(think it could be the first IFC Film to get nominated for Best Picture)
Foxcatcher
Fury
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Inherent Vice
Unbroken

Hackman

Top 20:
1. Inherent Vice
2. Foxcatcher
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Unbroken
5. Interstellar
6. Boyhood
7. A Most Violent Year
8. Big Eyes
9. Fury
10. Gone Girl

11. Birdman
12. Mr. Turner
13. The Judge
14. The Imitation Game
15. Into the Woods

16. Exodus
17. Wild
18. Sils Maria
19. Jersey Boys
20. The Homesman

Brett

Why is Jersey Boys removed?

Brett

I saw the new X-Men movie and I think it should be nominated

Spencer

I think that both The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2 should be seriously considered for a Best Picture nomination. The Lego Movie is a magnificent and genuinely heartfelt film, that completely took me by surprise when I first saw it. Based on its universal acclaim and buzz, DreamWorks should begin the Academy Awards campaign for HTTYD 2. I don't understand why that film was not in main competition at Cannes; it really should have and it would generate much more buzz for the film.

Here are my ten choices and most of which I would like to see later on this year:

* Big Eyes
* Foxcatcher
* Gone Girl
* How to Train Your Dragon 2
* Inherent Vice
* Interstellar
* Into the Woods
* Mr. Turner
* Unbroken
* X-Men: Days of Future Past

Mark

Disney is not the agency to be adapting Into the Woods. It is way too dark and adult of a play to be handled by them.

Josh

Interstellar for the win! I think Lego Movie should win best animated as well.

Annonymous

I think How To Train Your Dragon 2 should be nominated

Brett

Judging by the not so great reviews of Map to the Stars, I'd probably replace it with Men, Women, and Children, Life, The Cobbler, Exodus or Third Person

Brett

My uncle knew Mark Schultz's (Foxcatcher) brother

Nick

Top 10

1. Foxcatcher
2. Unbroken
3. Interstellar
4. Inherent vice
5. Gone girl
6. Mr. Turner
7. Fury
8. The judge
9. Boyhood
10. A most violent year

Johnathan

When does The Cobbler come out?

Helen

The Grand Budapest Hotel has to be nominated!

Louis

My top 10 picks

1) Inherent Vice – PTA + Joaquin Phoenix = Winning formula
2) Jersey Boys – Strong first trailer, acclaimed legendary director, beautiful story
3) Gone Girl – Never count on David Fincher
4) Unbroken – Oscar-bait film at its best
5) Serena – Dark horse, Bradley Cooper – Jennifer Lawrence formula could work wonders again
6) Whiplash – Indie favorite, Sundance winner, could be here if sustains momentum
7) The Judge – A story that has huge potential, plus RDJ is very likable and appealing
8) Foxcatcher – True story bait, Steve Carell looks fantastic + Bennett Miller's history
9) The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson's best film yet.
10) A Most Violent Year – I don't know much about this project, but it sounds good on paper.

Azrin

Jersey Boys for me looks set to be a massive contender. The trailer alone blew me away and Eastwood is an Academy favorite. With a cast that includes Tony-winner John Lloyd Young at the helm, I'm hoping the film will be a hit with both fans and critics alike and pick up a few oscars along the way.

Brett

From what I can tell by the trailer of Jersey Boys I think it'll go Ferris Bueller on us and the characters will always talk to the camera

Hackman

Top 15:

1. Inherent Vice
2. Interstellar
3. Unbroken
4. Foxcatcher
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Gone Girl
7. A Most Violent Year
8. Big Eyes
9. Boyhood
10. Fury

11. Birdman
12. The Imitation Game
13. The Judge
14. The Homesman
15. Exodus

kami

My new and improved prediction

Big Eyes
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Homesman
The Imitation Game
A Most Violent Year
Mr. Turner
Unbroken
Whiplash

I wil wait for adding Lost River and Maps to the Stars after cannes premiere. I have high hopes from Gone girl, Inherent Vice and Intersellar at box office but oscar maybe only one could make it. campare it to last year, competition is so boring.

For Foreign Countries that could make it in best picture would be

Coming Home
Saint Laurent
Clouds of Sils Maria
The Search (maybe)

Ash

Strong Contenders
Foxcatcher
Gone girl
Inherent Vice
Intersellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lost River
Jersey Boys
Unbroken
Mr Turner
Trash

James

The Rover should be on this list, it looks amazing. Guy Pearce looks like he has a chance also for this movie

Seamus

Great read, but I noticed you said Affleck won best director. While he probably should have, Ang Lee was the one who actually took home the award.

I can't wait for all of these releases, the first half of the year always feels like an eternity.

Brett

Possible nominees:
Big Eyes
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into The Woods
A Most Violent Year
The Search
Suffragette
Trash
Unbroken
Birdman
Boyhood
Carol
Fury
Get On Up
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
Whiplash
Far From The Madding Crowd
The Homesman
Jersey Boys
Magic in the Moonlight
Map To The Stars
Rosewater
Suite Francaise
Theory of Everything
While We're Young
Wild
X-Men Days of Future Past
The Railway Man
Life
Men, Women, and Children
The Cobbler

Sean

What about Serena?

Brett

Third Person looks good, it is from the director of Crash (btw I'm one of those few people who thinks Brokeback Mountain is overrated and thought Crash deserves Best Picture, although it's my second pick next to Good Night and Good Luck)

Jay

Jersey Boys looks pretty good.

Stephen Case

Heaven is for Real should be in consideration for Best Picture not only because of its great acting and bring the book onto the silver screen, but it also strengthens your faith with Christ.
Before I walked to the silver screen, I had a weak faith in God. I am in the Christian faith, but I always felt like I needed a tighter bond with Christ. As I watched the film, I began to notice something. Surely, the theater was half filled after all, but I noticed a change in myself. My faith with Christ grew stronger, and stronger, and stronger as I continued to watch the film. I felt a strong Holy presence within my spirit. This movie melted my heart to the very core and now it burns within me and right now I have a strong faith with Christ. That is why Heaven is for Real should win Best Picture for the 87th Academy Awards.

Bill

NOAH better be nominated. Aronofsky is amazing!

Brett

I also believe the new X-Men movie is possible to be the first superhero film to be nominated since that one looks like it's supposed to be taken seriously than other Marvel movies

Johnny Q

TOP 9:
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Boyhood
Unbroken
A Most Violent Year
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
Fury

2ND TOP 9:
The Imitation Game
Birdman
Big Eyes
Exodus
Suite Francaise
Wild
The Judge
The Homesman
Sufragette

POSSIBLES:
Noah
Exodus
Child 44
The Search
Get on Up
Knight of Cups
The Search
Into the Woods
Theory of Everything
The Giver
Nymphomaniac
Love & Mercy
Imagine
Maps to the Stars
Grace of Monaco
Kill the Messenger
Jane Got a Gun
Trash
Serena
Magic in the Moonlight
Carol
True Story
Men, Women and Children
While We're Young
Nightcrawler
Black Sea
Dom Hemingway
Clouds of Sils Maria
The Fault in Our Stars
The Cobbler
Transcendence
Maleficent
Frank
The Rover
Chef
Locke
Night Moves
The Drop
Wish I Was Here
X-Men – Days of the Future Past

Brett

Top 10 picks:

1. Big Eyes
2. Jersey Boys
3. Interstellar
4. Gone Girl
5. Unbroken
6. A Most Violent Year
7. Exodus
8. Inherent Vice
9. Foxcatcher
10. Into the Woods

M.

Where is 'Kill The Messenger' ?

Brett

What about Draft Day?

Brett

I believe the third Hobbit movie is possible

Guy Jones

All Possibles:

Inherent Vice
Interstellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Unbroken
A Most Wanted Man
Fury
Noah
Exodus
Child 44
Big Eyes
Birdman
The Homesman
A Most Violent Year
Suite Francaise
Get on Up
Knight of Cups
The Search
Into the Woods
Wild
Theory of Everything
Boyhood
Nymphomaniac
The Judge
Love & Mercy
Imagine
Maps to the Stars
Kill the Messenger
Jersey Boys
Jane Got a Gun
Trash
Magic in the Moonlight
Carol
True Story
Men, Women and Children
While We're Young
Black Sea
Sils Maria
The Fault In Our Stars
The Cobbler
The Railway Man
Transcendence
Frank
Chef
Locke
Night Moves
X-Men: Days of the Future Past
Sufragette

Bob

Best Picture

Foxcatcher
Big Eyes
Interstellar
Inherent Vice
Unbroken
Gone Girl
A Most Violent Year
Suffragette
The Imitation Game

Other Possible Nominees:

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Search

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Christophor Nolan – Interstellar
Bennet Miller – Foxcatcher
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
JC Chandor – A Most Viloent Year

Other Possible Nominees
Tim Burton – Big Eyes
Sarah Gavron – Suffragette

Best Actor

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Not sure enough to make predictions on anyone else.

Best Actress

Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Jenifer Lawrence – Serena
Carrey Mulligan – Suffragette
Not sure on anyone else to make predictions.

Brett

I think it's possible we could get another animated film nominated in this category, and the two most likely films are either The Lego Movie or How to Train your Dragon 2

LSU

A Year from the oscars it looks like this would be it (Although is hard as hell to predict from now):

-Inherent Vice
-Interstellar
-The Grand Budapest Hotel
-Unbroken
-Foxcatcher
-Fury
-Boyhood
-Birdman
-A Most Violent Year

Probably: Gone Girl, The Judge, Exodus, Big Eyes, The Imitation Game

kami

A perfect nine prediction

Birdman
Boyhood
Carol
Foxcatcher

Jersey Boys
A Most Violent Year
Mr. Turner
Suffragette
Unbroken

Noah and Intersteller will nominate in visuals and Gone girl is very typical thriller. Inherent Vice seem like entertaining film and Into the woods is big star crap like Nine the musical. The nine film i choose is very usual oscar choice

Max

My First Prediction:

Child 44
Foxcatcher
Fury
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Kill the Messenger
A Most Violent Year
Unbroken
Whiplash

oscar2015

If Inception got a Best Picture nomination, then Interstellar should do the same.

Hudsucker

Does Knight of Cups have any chance?

Brett

Also where's Exodus and Noah?

Brett

Annie is not on this list?

DougW

Ben Affleck won every directing award for "Argo" except he wasn't even nominated for a Best Director Oscar. Instead he won an Oscar for being a producer of "Argo."

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