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Oscar Pundits Wait to See the Contenders

Oscar Pundits Wait to See the Contenders

The 14 Gurus o’ Gold, weighing in after the last round of festival screenings, are mostly sticking to the movies they’ve seen.

“Boyhood” remains at the top of the latest chart, which only ranked five films. Here’s how it looks–only one film that has not been screened landed in the Top Five: Angelina Jolie’s true survival adventure “Unbroken.”

Clearly Fox Searchlight is in good shape with “Birdman,” but has some work to do to bring “Wild” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” into the awards limelight. Both films are strong enough to stay the course, assuming many of the newbies wind up disappointing–as they often do. Several Cannes and fall fest veterans such as Sony Pictures Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash,” and “Mr. Turner” are going to need boosts from critics. Which they will get. 

Fox’s more mainstream “Gone Girl” has been seen by a fair number of critics, but many still have to catch up with it. I will see the David Fincher thriller Friday at the NYFF opening night. 

1. “Boyhood”
2. “The Imitation Game”
3, “Birdman”
4. “The Theory of Everything”
5. “Unbroken”

Then the following unranked entries scored the most votes:

“Gone Girl”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“American Sniper”
“Into the Woods”
“Inherent Vice”
“Mr. Turner”
“A Most Violent Year”
“Big Eyes”
“Still Alice”
“St Vincent”
Earning only one vote:
“The Judge”
“Top Five”
“The Homesman”
“The Good Lie”

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