Well, here it is, my next to last attempt to predict who and what will be nominated for an Academy Award in January. With the AFI, SAG, and the Golden Globes all having made their voices heard, this list was definitely a bit easier to make than it was when I first started posting my monthly predictions back in March!
And yet, what’s interesting is that my March predictions aren’t all that different from my December predictions.
It’s true that I’ve recently come to the conclusion that both Foxcatcher and Unbroken will be left out of the best picture race. And, over the past few months, both Selma and The Theory of Everything have developed into major contenders. For that matter, I failed to predict the sudden groundswell of support for Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, and the Grand Budapest Hotel.
However, from the beginning of the year, both myself and a lot of other award watchers have been predicting that both Boyhood and Birdman would be contenders. J.K. Simmons, as well, has been viewed as a probable nominee since Whiplash premiered at Sundance.
And, of course, everyone always knows that Meryl Streep is going to get nominated for something.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay for Selma
Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton in Birdman
David Oyelowo in Selma
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston in Cake
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress
Patrica Arquette in Boyhood
Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods