2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions

For the first year since 2007, I don’t have to do these in any professional capacity; I should be delighting in this freedom and offering perversely detailed handicapping of the Berlinale competition instead, but some habits are hard to break. Yes, a few of these are wild: I have no interest in being right about the things everyone else is right about, but there’s always smug satisfaction to be gained on the rare occasions your mostly unshared instincts pan out. There’s no prize either way. Anyway, I’ll let the predictions do the rest of the work — I’ve opted for eight Best Picture nominees, with the numbers indicating where I think the cut-off point for each film is should the number be lower or higher.

Oh, and welcome to this site, which I intend to use for bigger and better things soon. But don’t hold me to that.

BEST PICTURE
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Nightcrawler” (7)
“Selma” (8)
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash” (6)

If nine: “American Sniper”
If ten: “Foxcatcher”

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Ida”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, “Inherent Vice”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Rene Russo, “Nightcrawler”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Armando Bo, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone and Alexander Dinelaris, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, “Still Alice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Wild Tales,” Argentina
“Tangerines,” Estonia
“Timbuktu,” Mauritania
“Ida,” Poland
“Leviathan,” Russia

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The LEGO Movie”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Overnighters”
“Virunga”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Rick Heinrichs and Shane Vieau, “Big Eyes”
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
David Crank and Amy Wells, “Inherent Vice”
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock, “Into the Woods”
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts, “Mr. Turner”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Patricia Norris, “The Immigrant”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”

BEST FILM EDITING
Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

BEST MAKEUP
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Theory of Everything”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
James Newton Howard, “Nightcrawler”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Lost Stars,” “Begin Again”
“Split the Difference,” “Boyhood”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Glory,” “Selma”
“We Will Not Go,” “Virunga”

BEST SOUND MIXING
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

BEST SOUND EDITING
“American Sniper”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”
“Maleficent”

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3 comments on “2014 Oscar Nomination Predictions

  1. Guy! So thrilled that you’ve found a little corner to do some extracurricular activities.

    Very ballsy to predict so many major nominations for ‘Ida’. My own ballsy prediction would be Mica Levi for Original Score. God, if only.

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