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Oscar Watching: TOP FIVE for Top Awards?

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Best Picture

The Imitation Game got a boost thanks to its audience award win at TIFF, certainly. But the season is just beginning – let’s see how NYFF shakes things up.

1. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

2. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

3. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

4. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

6. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

7. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

8. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

9. Trash (Stephen Daldry)

10. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)
11. Big Eyes (Tim Burton)
12. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
13. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
14. St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi)
15. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
16. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
17. Top Five (Chris Rock)
18. A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)
19. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
20. Fury (David Ayer)
21. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)
22. Pride (Matthew Warchus)
23. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
24. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
25. The Gambler (Rupert Wyatt)

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Best Director

Bennett Miller can still win this. The directors branch will pull through for Richard Linklater, but will the motion-picture academy at large be as passionate about Boyhood? With Fincher possibly losing ground, maybe the director’s branch finally recognizes Christopher Nolan – his apparent matching of head and heart with Interstellar can only help his cause. And watch out for Morten Tyldum’s Imitation, which might emerge as the one to beat.

1. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

2. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

3. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

4. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

5. Christopher Nolan for Interstellar

6. David Fincher for Gone Girl
7. Angelina Jolie for Unbroken
8. Stephen Daldry for Trash
9. Ava DuVernay for Selma
10. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything

Other Possibilities: Tim Burton for Big Eyes, Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner, Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild, Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent, Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year, Chris Rock for Top Five, David Ayer for Fury, Ira Sachs for Love is Strange, Matthew Warchus for Pride, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Rupert Wyatt for The Gambler, Jon Stewart for Rosewater

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.