Oscars (2015) – Top 20 Contenders

To butcher a phrase first said by Keanu: “No one keeps asking if I’m back and I haven’t really had an answer, but yeah, I’m thinking I’m back!” Over the last six months I’ve been writing elsewhere and occasionally turning up to the odd uni lecture, and as a result I’ve barely touched this blog. But with awards season looming, I thought I’d make a return with another year’s worth of baseless and outlandish predictions for next year’s Oscars.

I should mention I actually made these two months ago, and they’re already starting to look a little outdated. Ah well, best to stick to my guns. Can’t be worse than prematurely predicting Unbroken would win Best Picture last year… Can it?

Top Picks – #1-8

1) The Revenant, 20th Century Fox

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Director: Alexander González Iñárritu (Birdman)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) | Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy) | A. Screenplay (Alejandro González Iñárritu & Mark L. Smith) | Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezeki)

2) The Danish Girl, Focus Features

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Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actor (Eddie Redmayne) | Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander)

3) Steve Jobs, Universal

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Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actor (Michael Fassbender) | Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet) | Supporting Actor (Jeff Daniels) | A. Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) | Cinematography (Alwin H. Küchler)

4) Bridge Of Spies, Walt Disney/DreamWorks

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Director: Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actor (Tom Hanks) | Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance) | O. Screenplay (Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen)

5) Joy, 20th Century Fox/Annapurna

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Director: David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) | Sup. Actor (Robert DeNiro/Bradley Cooper) | O. Screenplay (Annie Mumolo & David O. Russell)

6) Carol, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Todd Haynes (I’m Not Here)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Actress (Cate Blanchett) | Sup. Actress (Rooney Mara) | A. Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy)

7) The Hateful Eight, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Sup. Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) | Sup. Actor (Samuel L. Jackson/Bruce Dern) | O. Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino) | Cinematography (Robert Richardson)

8) Spotlight, Open Road

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Director: Tom McCarthy (Win Win)

Key Categories: Picture | Director | Sup. Actor (Michael Keaton/Mark Ruffalo) | Sup. Actress (Rachel McAdams) | A. Screenplay (Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer)

Strong Contenders – #9-12

9) Brooklyn, Fox Searchlight

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Director: John Crowley (Boy A)

Key Categories: Picture | Actress (Saoirse Ronan) | Sup. Actor (Emory Cohen) | Sup. Actress (Julie Walters) | A. Screenplay (Nick Hornby)

10) Suffragette, Focus Features

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Director: Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane)

Key Categories: Picture | Actress (Carey Mulligan) | Sup. Actress (Helena Bonham-Carter/Meryl Streep) | O. Screenplay (Abi Morgan)

11) Inside Out, Walt Disney/Pixar

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Director: Pete Docter (Up)

Key Categories: Picture | O. Screenplay (Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley)

12) Room, A24

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Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Frank)

Key Categories: Picture | Actress (Brie Larson) | Sup. Actor (Jacob Tremblay) | A. Screenplay (Emma Donoghue)

Dark Horses – #13-16

13) Sicario, Lionsgate

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Director: Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners)

Key Categories: Picture | Actress (Emily Blunt) | Sup. Actor (Benicio Del Toro) | Cinematography (Roger Deakins)

14) Youth, Fox Searchlight


Director: Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)

Key Categories: Actor (Michael Caine) | Sup. Actor (Harvey Keitel) | Sup. Actress (Jane Fonda/Rachel Weisz) | O. Screenplay (Paolo Sorrentino)

15) Beasts Of No Nation, Netflix


Director: Cary Fukunaga (True Detective)

Key Categories: Director | Sup. Actor (Idris Elba) | A. Screenplay (Cary Fukunaga) | Cinematography (Cary Fukunaga)

16) The Martian, 20th Century Fox

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Director: Ridley Scott (Gladiator)

Key Categories: Picture | Actor (Matt Damon) | A. Screenplay (Drew Goddard)

Outside Bets – #17-20

17) Macbeth, The Weinstein Company

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Director: Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders)

Key Categories: Actor (Michael Fassbender) | Sup. Actress (Marion Cotillard) | Cinematography (Adam Arkapaw)

18) Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros

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Director: George Miller (Happy Feet)

Key Categories: Director | Cinematography (John Seale)

19) Black Mass, Warner Bros

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Director: Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart)

Key Categories: Actor (Johnny Depp) | Sup. Actor (Joel Edgerton)

20) In The Heart Of  The Sea, Warner Bros

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Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)

Key Categories: N/A

Wild Cards – #21-25

Coming Soon.

Skeptical of my choices? You should be. But in the past I haven’t done too badly. Check out my last two ‘Top 25 Contenders’ lists for 2013 & 2014 below…

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1) The Wolf Of Wall Street
1) Unbroken
2) Gravity 
2) Foxcatcher
3) August: Osage County
3) Birdman 
4) The Monuments Men
4) The Imitation Game
5) American Hustle
5) Gone Girl
6) Rush
6) Into The Woods
7) The Counsellor
7) The Theory Of Everything
8) The Butler
8) Fury
9) 12 Years A Slave  
9) Boyhood 
10) Saving Mr Banks
10) Interstellar
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11) Inside Llewyn Davis
11) Big Eyes
12) Foxcatcher
12) Inherent Vice
13) Captain Phillips
13) The Grand Budapest Hotel
14) Blue Jasmine 
14) A Most Violent Year
15) Nebraska
15) The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
16) Diana
16) Wild
17) The Past
17) Trash
18) Fruitvale Station
18) Mr Turner
19) Labour Day
19) Kill The Messenger
20) Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
20) Whiplash ♣
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21) Dallas Buyers Club ♠ ♣
21) Selma
22) Prisoners
22) Nightcrawler
23) Her
23) American Sniper
24) The Way Way Back
24) The Homesman
25) Philomena
25) Still Alice 

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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

I’ll update this list with my last 5 ‘wild-card’ picks next month  (which are basically my way of sneaking in the last minute contenders and pretending I was backing them all along). Til’ then though, let me know which films you think will do well at next year’s Oscars, either in the comments or on Twitter!


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