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by Peter Knegt
February 28, 2013 1:34 PM
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For Your Consideration: Yep, It's The 2014 Oscar Predictions

But beyond potentially being the night of George Clooney, or the night of Leonardo DiCaprio, or the night of Jennifer Lawrence, or the night of Tom Hanks... The 2014 Oscars could also be the night of the princess showdown. Former high school classmates Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman will play Princess Diana and Princess Grace, respectively in Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana" and Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco." These are the types of films that could truly go either way, and while both directors have good track records in their native languages (Hirschbiegel with "Downfall" and Dahan with the Oscar-winning "La Vie En Rose"), both have crashed and burned when it came to their English language debuts (Dahan's "My Own Love Song," and Hirschbiegel's "The Invasion," which coincidentally starred Nicole Kidman). But what drama if BFFs Kidman and Watts go head-to-head for playing beloved real -life princesses?

And that's just scratching the surface. A handful of directors who have found their films find best picture nominations on multiple occasions are back with new projects. Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" stars Kate Winslet in her first leading film role since "The Reader" in this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's acclaimed novel; Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" gives Steve Carell a reasonable shot an Oscar nomination as John Du Pont, a schizophrenic millionaire who set up a training camp for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team at his home; Joel and Ethan Coen -- who have seen three of there last four films nominated for best picture -- have "Inside Llewyn Davis"; Alexander Payne is back two years after "The Descendants" earned him his second screenplay Oscar with "Nebraska," which stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son (yes -- "Will Forte, Oscar nominee" is an actual near future possibility).

All that I haven't even mentioned Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave" or Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" or Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace" or Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" or Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" or  Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" or dozens of other possibilities (but I'm sure I will soon enough). And with five to 10 potential best picture nominees, it's certain less expected films (or films we haven't even heard of yet) could make the cut.

So with that in mind, here are my major category 2014 Oscar predictions, one year in advance (we cheated a bit by doubling up two performances from one actor or actress likely to be in contention... sue us).

"Before Midnight"
Best Picture
August: Osage County
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Foxcatcher
Labor Day
The Monuments Men
Saving Mr. Banks
Twelve Years a Slave

Untitled David O. Russell Film
The Wolf of Wall Street

(Ten Alternates: Before Midnight; ; Inside Llewyn Davis; The Counselor; The Great Gatsby; Fruitvale; Out of the Furnace; The Dallas Buyers Club; Nebraska; Serena; The Fifth Estate)

Best Director
George Clooney, The Monuments Men
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, Twelve Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

(Ten Alternates: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher; John Wells, August: Osage County;  Spike Jonze, Her; David O. Russell, Unititled David O. Russell Film; Ridley Scott, The Counselor; Richard Linklater, Before Midnight; Jason Reitman, Labor Day; Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis; Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby; Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale)

Best Actor*
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Chiewetel Ejoifor, Twelve Years a Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips or Saving Mr. Banks
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street or The Great Gatsby
Matthew McConaughey, The Dallas Buyers Club

(Alternates: Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Christian Bale, Out of the Furnace or Untitled David O. Russell Film; Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate; George Clooney, Gravity or Monument's Men; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Michael Fassbender, The Counselor; Forest Whitaker, The Butler; Ryan Gosling, A Place Behind The Pines or

Only God Forgives; Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight)

*- Can I just say that even a year in advance this category looks like an insane embarrassment of riches

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

(Ten Alternates: Naomi Watts, Labor Day; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco; Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Her; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; Jennifer Lawrence, Serena; Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby; Marion Cotillard, Lowlife; Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman; Rooney Mara, Ain't Them Bodies Saints)

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Labor Day
Michael Fassbender, Twelve Years a Slave
Colin Farrell, Saving Mr. Banks
John Goodman, The Monument's Men
or Inside Llewyn Davis
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

(Ten Alternates: Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club; Javier Bardem, The Counselor; Will Forte, Nebraska; Ewan McGregor, August: Osage County; Bradley Cooper, Untitled David O. Russell Film or The Place Behind The Pines; Woody Harrelson, Out of the Furnace; Ben Foster, Ain't Them Bodies Saints; Tobey Maguire, The Great Gatsby; Benedict Cumberbatch, August: Osage County; Matthew McConaughey, The Wolf of Wall Street; Sam Rockwell, The Way, Way Back)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Untitled David O. Russell Film or Her
Cate Blanchett, The Monument's Men
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Catherine Keener, Captain Philips
Margo Martindale, August: Osage County

(Ten Alternates:  Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale; Carey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis; Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher; Jennifer Garner, The Dallas Buyers Club; Kristin Scott Thomas, Only God Forgives; Laura Linney, The Fifth Estate; Cameron Diaz,, The Counselor; Shirley MacLaine, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty;  Oprah Winfrey, The Butler; Scarlett Johannson, Don Jon's Addiction)

21 Comments

  • ^_^ | March 19, 2013 2:46 AMReply

    for me ...

    BEST PICTURE
    contenders:
    1. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
    2. GRAVITY
    3. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

    BEST DIRECTOR
    contenders:
    1. GEORGE CLONEY - THE MONUMENTS MEN
    2. ALFONSO CUARON- GRAVITY
    3. MARTIN SCORSESE- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

    BEST ACTOR
    contenders:
    1. LEONARDO DI CAPRIO- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    2. GEORGE CLOONEY- GRAVITY OR THE MONUMENTS MEN
    3. FOREST WHITAKER- THE BUTLER

    BEST ACTRESS
    contenders:

    1. MERYL STREEP- AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (meryl can also say " I BEAT LAWRENCE")
    2. NAOMI WATTS- DIANA
    3. KATE WINSLET- LABOR DAY

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    contenders:

    1. JAVIER BARDEM- THE COUNSELOR
    2. JAMES FRANCO- SPRING BREAKER
    3. MICHEAL FASSBENDER- TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    contenders:
    1. AMY ADAMS - HER
    2. OPRAH WINFREY - THE BUTLER
    3. JULIA ROBERTS - AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY or OCTAVIA SPENCER- FRUITVALE


    ^_^

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:49 AMReply

    here are my very early predictions

    BEST ACTRESS..

    lindsay burdge A TEACHER
    shailene woodley THE SPECTACULAR NOW
    zoe saldana BLOOD TIES
    Trieste Kelly Dunn LOVES HER GUN
    kate winslet LABOR DAY
    rooney mara SIDE EFFECTS
    carey mulligan THE GREAT GATSBY
    noomi rapace DEAD MAN DOWN
    Jessica Chastain THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY
    rooney mara AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS
    nicole kidman GRACE OF MONACO
    eva mendes THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
    cate blanchett BLUE JASMINE
    carey mulligan INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    jennifer lawrence SERENA
    naomi watts DIANA
    meryl streep AUGUSY OSAGE COUNTY
    michelle monaghan GUS
    michelle pfeiffer MALAVITA
    brie larson SHORT TERM 12
    julianne moore WHAT MAISIE KNEW

    BEST ACTOR…

    robert deniro MALAVITA
    bruce dern NEBRASKA
    michael fassbender THE COUNSELOR
    casey affkleck AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS
    billy crudup BLOOD TIES
    benedict cumberbatch THE FIFTH ESTATE
    forest whitaker THE BUTLER
    tom hanks CAPTAIN PHILIPS
    leonardo dicaprio WOLF WALL STREET
    joseph gordon levitt DON JON
    robert redford ALL IS LOST
    ashton kutcher JOBS
    leonardo dicaprio THE GREAT GATSBY
    matthew mcconaughey MUD
    ryan gosling ONLY GOD FORGIVES
    paul walker HOURS
    edward james olmos GO FOR SISTERS
    robert redford THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
    josh brolin OLDBOY

    BEST SUPP ACTRESS..

    kristin scott thomas ONLY GOD FORGIVES
    catherine keener CAPTAIN PHILIPS
    sally hawkins BLUE JASMINE
    cameron diaz THE COUNSELOR
    radha mitchell GUS
    julie christie THE COMPAY YOU KEEP
    scarlett johansen DON JON
    hailee steinfeld CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE
    olga kurylenko TO THE WONDER
    julia roberts AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY
    elizabeth olsen OLDBOY

    BEST SUPP ACTOR..

    tom hanks SAVING MR BANKS
    max von sydow CAPTAIN PHILIPS
    russell crowe RUSH
    ben foster AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS
    james caan BLOOD TIES
    sam rockwell THE WAY WAY BACK
    brad pitt THE COUNSELOR
    will forte NEBRASKA
    tommy lee jones MALAVITA
    shia labeouf THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
    javier bardem TO THE WONDER
    chris cooper AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY
    tobey maguire THE GREAT GATSBY
    matthew mcconaughey DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
    terence howard DEAD MAN DOWN
    bradley cooper THE PLACE BEYON THE PINES
    sharlto copley OLDBOY
    matthew mcconaughey WOLF WALL STREET
    alan rickman THE BUTLER
    javier bardem THE COUNSELOR
    tony danza DON JON
    ray liotta THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

  • Jeff | March 8, 2013 8:43 AMReply

    If the reviews are solid, I definitely think James Franco is a possibility for Best Supporting Actor in "Spring Breakers." Like ahem Robert Disney Jr. got nominated for Tropic Thunder.

  • Dave Y | March 4, 2013 1:00 AMReply

    These are very good predictions. It's great that so many people are putting up 2014 predictions so early. Check out ours over at Awardsfrenzy.com

  • Jeff | March 2, 2013 8:56 PMReply

    A year from now when I read these I will laugh so hard.

  • torvalds | March 1, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    Hey, what about Martin Freeman or Richard Armitage ? They were simply amazing in "The Hobbit" !!!

  • BEASLEY | March 1, 2013 5:48 PMReply

    Hm, do you guys think that, if Ashton Kutcher starts acting like he did in "jOBS" (OK, it wasn't perfect, but it showed us that he can really act), and keeps improving, he can get a nom someday in near future ?

  • afghul | March 1, 2013 11:23 AMReply

    Didn't Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) already get some buzz from Sundance?

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:51 AM

    i was very pissed off when she wasn't nominated for THE DESCENDENTS

  • santi | February 28, 2013 11:40 PMReply

    Nicole Kidman is the the frontrunner for Grace Of Monaco!

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:52 AM

    last year..
    best actress was maggie thatcher versus lisbeth salander

    next year it will be grace kelly versus princess diana

  • jodie | February 28, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    FYI, Bradley Cooper will be campaigned as Lead Actor in The Place Beyond the Pines. It was screened at Toronto this year and, when its distributor briefly considered releasing it in time for the 2012 noms, Cooper's name was on the Lead list.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:54 AM

    cooper looks so different in the trailer for PLACE BEYOND PINES compared to silver linings

  • Kate | February 28, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    I don't care whether they're good/bad predictions, I would scream with delight if Delpy, Hawkins, Ejiofor, or Fassbender were nominated.

  • Jim | February 28, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    Jean Dujardin in The Wolf of Walt Street & The Monument Men, right? So why isn't he mentioned anywhere? When I saw him at the Oscars, it definitely remembered me why I loved him so much in The Artist. Plus, Scorsese is a big fan of him and he has the best supporting role in The Wolf of Walt Street's adapted book.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:55 AM

    but come on
    let's be honest the BEST performance that year was fassbender in SHAME

  • Liam | February 28, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    No mention of James Gray anywhere! Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties too!
    PETER KNEGT, Shame on you!

  • Daniel | February 28, 2013 3:14 PMReply

    What about Ron Howard's Formula 1 movie "Rush"?

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 11, 2013 6:57 AM

    chris hemsworth --Best Actor
    ron howard --Best Director
    olivia wilde-- Best Supp Actress
    russell crowe --Best Supp Actor

    i think
    the reason RUSH is being kind of under anticipated is the popularity of the doc SENNA

  • dan | February 28, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    Did you actually not consider Ryan Gosling at all?

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