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Oscar Watching: TOP FIVE for Top Awards?

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Best Actress in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore remains the obvious choice for Still Alice, but this is far from over – Jessica Chastain, among other potential victors, will push her work in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year for a leading nomination. Oh, and Serena, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as the titular wife of Bradley Cooper’s timber tycoon, won’t get a qualifying release this year, so there’s that.

1. Julianne Moore for Still Alice

2. Amy Adams for Big Eyes

3. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

4. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

5. Reese Witherspoon for Wild

6. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
7. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year
8. Hilary Swank for The Homesman
9. Anne Dorval for Mommy
10. Rosario Dawson for Top Five

Other Possibilities: Melissa McCarthy for St. Vincent, Jessica Chastain for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Kristen Wiig for Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig for The Skeleton Twins, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Shailene Woodley for The Fault in Our Stars, Mia Wasikowska for Tracks, Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, >, Brie Larson for The Gambler, Anne Hathaway for Interstellar, Angelina Jolie for Maleficent, Nicole Kidman for Queen of the Desert, Keira Knightley for Begin Again, Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Beyond the Lights

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Best Actor in a Leading Role

Not much movement here, but it’s been confirmed that Christoph Waltz will vie for a bid in this category for his turn in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Can the two-time winner of the supporting actor Oscar get his first leading nod in this already-crowded category?

1. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

2. Michael Keaton for Birdman

3. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

4. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

5. David Oyelowo for Selma

6. Bill Murray for St. Vincent
7. Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher
8. Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes
9. Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner
10. Ben Affleck for Gone Girl

Other Possibilities: Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year, Chris Rock for Top Five, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman, Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice, Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar, Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up, John Lithgow for Love is Strange, Alfred Molina for Love is Strange, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Miles Teller for Whiplash, Brad Pitt for Fury, Mark Wahlberg for The Gambler

Any major changes in the supporting races?

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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.