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by Peter Knegt
March 11, 2014 10:25 AM
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For Your Consideration: Yep, It's The 2015 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture

Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into The Woods
A Most Violent Year

The Search

(Ten Alternates: Interstellar; The Imitation Game; Get On Up; Birdman; Fury; Carol; Mr. Turner; Gone Girl; Whiplash; Boyhood)

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
JC Chandor, A Most Violent Year
Stephen Daldry, Trash
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

(Ten Alternates: Christopher Nolan, Interstellar; Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel; Richard Linklater, Boyhood; Tim Burton, Big Eyes; Rob Marshall, Into The Woods; Michel Hazanavicius, The Search; David Fincher, Gone Girl; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman; Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner; Sarah Gavron, Suffragette)

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Actor*
Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

(Ten Alternates: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game; Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything; Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes; Michael Keaton, Birdman; Robert Downey Jr, The Judge; Brad Pitt, Fury; Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner; Jack O'Connell, Unbroken; Brendan Gleeson, Calvary; John Lithgow, Love Is Strange)

Best Actress
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Berenice Bejo, The Search
Carey Mulligan, Suffragette
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Michelle Williams, Suite Francaise

(Ten Alternates: Emily Blunt; Into The Woods; Cate Blanchett, Carol; Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco; Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything; Jessica Chastain, Miss Julie; Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars; Charlize Theron, Dark Places; Natalie Portman, Jane Got a Gun; Jennifer Lawrence, Serena; Helen Hunt, Ride)


Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year
Johnny Depp, Into The Woods
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

(Ten Alternates: Robert Duvall, The Judge; Phillip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man; Ethan Hawke, Boyhood; Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice; Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange; Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher; Martin Sheen, Trash; Edward Norton, Birdman; Gary Oldman, Child 44; Christopher Walken, Jersey Boys

Best Supporting Actress
Annette Bening, The Search
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Viola Davis, Get On Up
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
or Suffragette
Kristin Scott Thomas, Suite Francaise

(Ten Alternates: Rooney Mara, Carol or Trash; Anna Kendrick, Into The Woods; Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl; Sigourney Weaver, Exodus; Reese Witherspoon, Inherent Vice; Helena Bonham Carter, Suffragette; Patricia Arquette, Boyhood; Emily Watson, Theory of Everything; Octavia Spencer, Get On Up; Maya Rudolph, Inherent Vice)

Peter Knegt is Indiewire's Senior Writer and awards columnist. Follow him on Twitter here (where he promises to mention nothing Oscar-related until at least September).


  • Bob | April 2, 2014 3:57 AMReply

    Best Picture Nominees

    Big Eyes
    Inherent Vice
    The Imitation Game
    Gone Girl
    A Most Violent Year

    Other Possible Choice: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Best Actor

    Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
    Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
    Oscar Isaac - A Most Violent Year
    John Lithgow - Love is Strange
    Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice

    Other Possibility: Chadwick Boseman - Get on Up

    Best Actress

    Amy Adams - Big Eyes
    Jenifer Lawrence - Serena
    Carey Mulligan - Suffragette
    Not to sure on anyone else.

    Other Possibility: Berenice Bejo - The Search

  • Kyle | March 26, 2014 7:35 AMReply

    "Two-time best director nominee David Fincher ("The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") has his adaptation of Gillian Flynn's extremely popular novel "Gone Girl" -- starring recent best director winner Ben Affleck."

    Ben Affleck didn't win best director. He wasn't even nominated.

  • Chip | March 14, 2014 10:09 AMReply

    One form left field to keep in mind that isn't on here: Angelina Jolie, Maleficent. Johnny Depp was nominated for his first run as Jack Sparrow, after all. Plus it's guaranteed noms for Costumes, VFX, and maybe prod design are bound to help her chances.

  • Zak | March 13, 2014 4:10 PMReply

    I am a huge fan of Carey Mulligan and I am really looking forward to watching Suffragette.

  • Riley | March 12, 2014 12:26 PMReply

    Predicted Winners
    Best Pictrue: Inherent Vice
    Director: PT Anderson, Inherent Vice
    Actor: (Bold Pick) Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
    Actress: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    Supp. Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    Supp. Actress: Annette Benning, The Search
    Original Screenplay: Grand Budapest Hotel
    Adapted Screenplay: Inherent Vice
    Animation: Lego Movie

  • what the hell with musicals | March 12, 2014 9:42 AMReply

    I mean seriously! Rob marshall fairytale wonders with a crappy story with huge star pretend to be singers (Like Nine) is here and Clint eastwood true story about frankie villa with actual singers from broadway (except walken) is not here. I know from release date its a bit unsure that jersey boys gets a buzz but come on Story also matters to oscar most of the time. Jersey boys should be here

  • welcome 2015 oscar | March 12, 2014 9:16 AMReply

    I like this year than last year because last year is too much crowded and huge disappointment in nominees but deserving winners. this time is open market for weinstein company to promote each of his film. I mean finchers thriller, andersons comedy and nolans sci fi not get lots of love from oscar. what indiewire picks few might not ready to release and there is chance that two coming of age films the sundance winner Whiplash and berlin winner Boyhood end up getting best picture nominees. Meryl streep will definitely get her 19 or 20th nomination from her 3 movies. Amy adams and Jessica chastain will finally win and Jack oConnell will be the youngest best actor winner ever (it can be possible). and Jlaw, well people will eat our head again on this site to give her the 2nd oscar again.

  • Paco | March 11, 2014 10:46 PMReply

    What a magnificent waste of time writing this article must have been but hey "Oscar" gets clicks... and ya got mine.

  • Chris L. | March 11, 2014 5:18 PMReply

    From a glance at IMDb it would seem that "Carol" is not likely to be finished this year. Too bad, because it's maybe the most promising film on your list along with "Inherent Vice." Does anyone have actual info on Haynes' release plans?

  • luke | March 11, 2014 4:39 PMReply

    what about Rachel Mcadams in A Most wanted man, everything will be fine and the untitilled Cameron crowe movie.

  • Joe H. | March 11, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Almost no love for Exodus. Why?

  • Alex | March 11, 2014 1:15 PMReply

    So not only will Trash and Stephen Daldry both win Best Pic/Best Dir, but they'll do it without a single acting nomination? Really?? I mean LOTR:ROTK and Slumdog Millionaire pulled it off, but it seems to me that they're the exception not the rule.

    Otherwise, super pumped for this year

  • Max | March 11, 2014 9:36 PM

    Remember; to be taken seriously by no one.

  • Josh | March 11, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    I seriously doubt trash will be nominated for anything. It's a genre film and it's going to have an early release date.

  • ahv | March 11, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    Amy Adams for best actress ...

    Jessica chastain for best supporting actress

    Redhair rules. ...both brilliant. Actresses ....

  • Lucas | March 11, 2014 10:39 AMReply

    Amazing list.