Oscars (2014) – Top 25 Contenders

With the fall festivals well and truly upon us, and more than few awards hopefuls hitting the big screen in the coming weeks, overconfident and pretentious artsy pundits across the web are coming out of hibernation to analyse every movie’s awards chances from now until March, and complain about the power of Harvey Weinstein. Oscar season is back.

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Each year, this under confident, not-as-artsy-as-he-thinks, not-even-a-pundit puts together a Top 25 list of early Oscar favourites – to middling success. While at first I put together an initial Top 20 round about September (which has remained largely intact), I’ve now included 5 ‘Wild Card‘ picks, featuring a few late contenders I missed the first time around. Each year I always have one glaring omission. This year, that was Selma.

But it’s here now, joining an incredibly tight-looking race. Check out #1-25 below…

Top Picks – #1-10

1) Unbroken, Universal/Legendary

Unbroken - Title

Director: Angelina Jolie (In The Land Of Blood & Honey)

2) Foxcatcher, Sony Pictures Classics

Foxcatcher - Title

Director: Bennett Miller (Moneyball)

3) Birdman, Fox Searchlight

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Director: Alexander Gonzalez Iñárritu (Babel)

4) The Imitation Game, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Morten Tyldum (Headhunters)

5) Gone Girl, 20th Century Fox

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Director: David Fincher (The Social Network)

6) Into The Woods, Walt Disney

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Director: Rob Marshall (Chicago)

7) The Theory Of Everything, Focus

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Director: James Marsh (Project: Nim)

8) Fury, Columbia

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Director: David Ayer (End Of Watch)

9) Boyhood, IFC

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Director: Richard Linklater (School Of Rock)

10) Interstellar, Paramount/Warner Bros

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Director: Christopher Nolan (Inception)

Strong Contenders – #10-13

11) Big Eyes, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Tim Burton (Big Fish)

12) Inherent Vice, Warner Bros

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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

13) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fox Searchlight

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Director: Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)

Dark Horses – #14-17

14) A Most Violent Year, A24

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Director: J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost)

15) The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Ned Benson

16) Wild, Fox Searchlight

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Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club)

17) Trash, Universal

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Director: Stephen Daldry (The Reader)

Outside Bets – #18-20

18) Mr Turner, Sony Pictures Classics/Focus

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Director: Mike Leigh (Another Year)

19) Kill The Messenger, Focus

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Director: Michael Cuesta (Homeland)

20) Whiplash, Sony Pictures Classics

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Director: Damien Chazelle (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench)

Wild Cards – #21-25

21) Selma, Paramount

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Director: Ava DuVernay (Middle Of Nowhere)

22) Nightcrawler, Open Road

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Director: Dan Gilroy

23) American Sniper, Warner Bros

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Director: Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)

24) The Homesman, Roadside Attractions


Director: Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada)

25) Still Alice, Sony Pictures Classics


Director: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland (Quinceanera)

Skeptical of my choices? I know I am. But in the past I haven’t done that badly either. Check out my last two ‘Top 25 Contenders’ lists for 2012 & 2013 below…

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1) The Wolf Of Wall Street
1) Les Miserables 
2) Gravity 
2) Zero Dark Thirty
3) August: Osage County
3) Lincoln 
4) The Monuments Men
4) Life Of Pi 
5) American Hustle
5) Argo 
6) Rush
6) The Master
7) The Counsellor
7) Silver Linings Playbook 
8) The Butler
8) The Beasts Of The Southern Wild
9) 12 Years A Slave  
9) Moonrise Kingdom
10) Saving Mr Banks
10) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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11) Inside Llewyn Davis
11) Django Unchained 
12) Foxcatcher
12) Looper
13) Captain Phillips
13) Anna Karenina
14) Blue Jasmine 
14) The Dark Knight Rises
15) Nebraska
15) The Trouble With The Curve
16) Diana
16) Cloud Atlas
17) The Past
17) Flight
18) Fruitvale Station
18) Lawless
19) Labour Day
19) Promised Land
20) Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
20) Skyfall
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21) Dallas Buyers Club ♠ ♣
21) Seven Psychopaths
22) Prisoners
22) The Impossible
23) Her
23) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
24) The Way Way Back
24) The Sessions
25) Philomena
25) Amour

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Bold – Best Picture Nominee
Strikethrough – Delayed
 – Best Picture Winner
 – Best Director Winner
♠ – Best Actor Winner
 – Best Actress Winner
♣ – Best Supporting Actor Winner
 – Best Supporting Actress Winner

In both years I managed to include all nine of the eventual Best Picture nominees – albeit with a little help from my ‘Wild Card’ picks, which were again made a little while after the Top 20 lists were assembled. Last year I may have jumped the gun a little too early, resulting in a less successful selection, and a few drop-outs (like this year’s Foxcatcher).

I’m fairly certain my Top 10 will not be the eventual nominees come February, but I’m still quietly confident my selection of films this year will do better than last year.

Failing that, I hope Guardians Of The Galaxy comes out of nowhere to win Best Picture.

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