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Speculation Time, ONTD! IndieWire Kickstarts Their 2014 Academy Awards Nominees Predictions!



We know, we know, it's a little early to be making Oscar predictions.  But fall will be here any minute now, and there's actually already a few potential contenders in theaters. Things will be a lot more clear soon enough, and these charts will be updated to reflect each and every twist and turn that comes as a result. Check out our predictions for the nominations of the 86th Academy Awards below, which will be announced on January 16th, 2014. More categories coming soon!




2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

The Likely Heavyweights, Based Purely On Speculation:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, November 15)
2. The Monuments Men (George Clooney, December 18)
3. American Hustle (David O. Russell, December 13)
4. Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, December 20)
5. August: Osage County (John Wells, December 25)



The Best Bet From What We've Seen:
6. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen, December 6)


A Little More Risky On Paper (But If They Pull It Off, Watch Out) :
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, October 4)
8. Twelve Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, October 18)
9. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, October 11)
10. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, Fall TBA)

Reasonable Maybes From What We've Seen:
11. Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, In Theaters)
12. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, In Theaters)
13. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, In Theaters)
14. Mud (Jeff Nichols, In Theaters)
15. All Is Lost (JC Chandor, October 25)

Could Easily Be Major Contenders:
16. The Counselor (Ridley Scott, November 15)
17. Labor Day (Jason Reitman, December 25)
18. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Justin Chadwick, November 29)
19. Rush (Ron Howard, September 20)
20. The Fifth Estate (Bill Condon, November 15)
21. Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper, October 4)
22. The Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallee, December 6)
23. Nebraska (Alexander Payne, November 22)
24. The Past (Asghar Farhadi, TBA)
25. Lee Daniels' The Butler (Lee Daniels, August 16)






2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Director


The Likely Heavyweights, Based Purely On Speculation:
1. Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
2. George Clooney, The Monuments Men
3. Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
4. Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

The Best Bet From What We've Seen:
5. Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis


Could Easily Be Major Contenders:
6. Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
7. David O. Russell, American Hustle
8. Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
9. John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks
10. John Wells, August: Osage County

Reasonable Maybes From What We've Seen:
11. Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale
12. Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
13. JC Chandor, All Is Lost
14. Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine

Definite Possibilities:
15. Ridley Scott, The Counselor
16. Bill Condon, The Fifth Estate
17. Jason Reitman, Labor Day
18. Jean-Marc Vallee, The Dallas Buyers Club
19. Alexander Payne, Nebraska
20. Asghar Farhadi, The Past




2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor


Look Like Very Strong Contenders (On Paper):
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
2. Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club)
3. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofer (Twelve Years a Slave)



The Safest Bets From What We've Seen
5. Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
6. Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
7. Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
8. Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)


Could Easily Be Major Contenders:
9. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
10. Christian Bale (American Hustle)
11. Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
12. Michael Fassbender (The Counselor)
13. Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace)
14. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate)
15. George Clooney (The Monuments Men)
16. Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman)
17. Colin Firth (The Railway Man)
18. Forest Whitaker (The Butler)
19. Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight)
20. Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)





2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress


The Only Absolute Lock In The Acting Races From What We've Seen:
1. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)



Look Like Very Strong Contenders (On Paper):
2. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
3. Judi Dench (Philomena)
4. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
5. Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
6. Naomi Watts (Diana)
7. Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco)
8. Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

We've Seen Them & They Are Deserving... It Just Depends On How Their Competition Shapes Up:
9. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
10. Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant)
11. Berenice Bejo (The Past)



Could Easily Be Contenders:
12. Amy Adams (American Hustle)
13. Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
14. Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby)
15. Jennifer Lawrence (Serena)
16. Samantha Morton (Decoding Annie Parker)
17. Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman)
18. Elizabeth Olsen (Therese Raquin)
19. Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
20. Rooney Mara (Ain't Them Bodies Saints)



2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor


Look Like Very Strong Contenders (On Paper):
1. Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
2. Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years a Slave)
3. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
4. Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
5. Matthew McConaughey (The Wolf of Wall Street)
6. Javier Bardem (The Counselor)
7. Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
8. Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)



Best Shots From What We've Seen... It Just Depends On How Their Competition Shapes Up:
9. John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis)
10. Ben Foster (Ain't Them Bodies Saints)
11. Matthew McConaughey (Mud)
12. Harrison Ford (42)
13. Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine)



Could Easily Be Major Contenders (We Really Know Nothing):
14. Josh Brolin (Labor Day)
15. Jared Leto (The Dallas Buyers Club)
16. George Clooney (Gravity)
17. Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace)
18. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man)
19. Woody Harrelson (Out of the Furnace)


We Won't Argue He Deserves It, But Hard To Take Seriously Oscar-Wise (Just Yet?):
20. James Franco (Spring Breakers)




2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress


Look Like Very Strong Contenders (On Paper):
1. Margo Martindale (August: Osage County)
2. Cameron Diaz (The Counselor)
3. Lupita Nyong'o (Twelve Years a Slave)



Best Shots From What We've Seen:
4. Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)
5. Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
6. June Squibb (Nebraska)


Could Easily Be Major Contenders (We Really Know Nothing):
7. Amy Adams (Her)
8. Cate Blanchett (The Monuments Men)
9. Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
10. Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)
11. Kristin Scott Thomas (The Invisible Woman)
12. Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher)
13. Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
13. Viola Davis (Prisoners)
14. Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips)
15. Jennifer Garner (The Dallas Buyers Club)
16. Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station)
17. Laura Linney (The Fifth Estate)
18. Zoe Saldana (Out of the Furnace)
19. Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis)
20. Jodie Foster (Elysium)



Check out the Best Original/Adapted Screenplay bets by IndieWire at the ( SOURCE )


More stage falls for next year's awards. That's ALL I ask, please...





Who do you think will make the Academy's final cut, ONTD?

P.S. This post is dedicated to one of ONTD's intrepid cinephiles with impeccable taste, wheresandrae
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