Well, tonight’s the night! Soon, we will know which 2014 films have won Oscars.
And, as soon as the ceremony ends, it will be time to start speculating about which 2015 films will be nominated next year! I am sharing and updating my predictions on a monthly basis and below you’ll find my latest predictions. You can read my predictions for January by clicking here.
Some of these films and performers — like End of the Tour and Grandma — were acclaimed at Sundance. (The recently concluded Berlin Film Festival, on the other hand, mostly just served to confirm that Knight of Cups and Queen of the Desert will probably not be contenders.) Kristen Stewart recently won a Cesar Award for Clouds of Sils Maria. Otherwise, the majority of predictions below are the results of my own wild guesses.
A year from now, we’ll probably look back at these predictions and laugh.
The End of the Tour
The Hateful Eight
In The Heart of the Sea
St. James Place
Woman in Gold
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
Matt Damon in The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassebender in Steve Jobs
Jason Segel in The End of the Tour
Blythe Danner in I’ll See You In My Dreams
Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Lily Tomlin in Grandma
Best Supporting Actor
Jim Broadbent in Brooklyn
Albert Brooks in Concussion
Paul Dano in Love and Mercy
Tom Hardy in The Revenant
Kurt Russell in The Hateful Eight
Best Supporting Actress
Julia Garner in Grandma
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Kristin Scott Thomas in Suite Francaise
Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
Meryl Steeep in Suffragette
John Crowley for Brooklyn
Ron Howard for In The Heart of the Sea
James Ponsoldt for The End of the Tour
Steven Spielberg for St. James Place
Robert Zemeckis for The Walk
Kind of fun that you did this…and I sure hope you are correct regarding Jennifer Jason Leigh. However, I sure hope you are wrong that Oscar will be all-white two years in a row. ML
After I wrote this post, I looked over my list of nominees and thought, “Wow, that’s a lot of white people.” Lol. Hopefully, we will have a bit more diversity in the nominees next year. It’s only February so it’ll be interesting what other contenders emerge and which “sure things” prove to be disappointing once they’re actually released.
(At this time last year, nobody had heard of Selma or The Theory of Everything. And Birdman was kinda viewed as being a big question mark.)
As in the rest of life, the nominees should be the *best* qualified, most worthy and deserving, whether that happens to include five black or Latino honorees or five insane scientologists or even five Sean Penns. Judging anyone’s worth, or talent or performance based in any way upon that persons race or heritage is flat out racism. One of the low points in the otherwise decent gospel rendition of Glory was the rap portions which just feed in to the intentionally perpetuated schism (much worse, at least perception wise under our great uniting current administration) that has no place in today’s society.
Dr MLK’s dream has been perverted to a point where political correctness has forced some without courage to focus more than ever on race, gender, orientation and other labels to “enforce” equal outcomes regardless of merit.
The opportunities to suceed *do* exist today in this country more than anywhere else.
I hope someday conversations and considerations of this nature will actually *be* as irrelevant and unnecessary as they already should.
Those who intentionally churn and reignite this divisiveness to advance their own profile and agendas should be shunned by all fair minded people.
Maybe I’m just dreaming too
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