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Oscar Watching: Changing Tides?

Best Picture

Lots of shifting here – small indies Nightcrawler and Whiplash move past big spectacles Interstellar and Unbroken.

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

2. Selma (Ava DuVernay)

3. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

4. The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum)

5. The Theory of Everything (James Marsh)

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

7. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

8. Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

9. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

10. Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
11. Into the Woods (Rob Marshall)
12. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
13. A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)

14. Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)
14. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
15. American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
16. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
17. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
18. Top Five (Chris Rock)
19. Big Eyes (Tim Burton)
20. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
21. The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)
22. St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi)
23. Still Alice (Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland)
24. Pride (Matthew Warchus)
25. Begin Again (John Carney)

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Best Director

Anderson gains ground yet again, but what do we make of Angelina Jolie‘s surprising BFCA bid?

1. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

2. Ava DuVernay for Selma

3. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

4. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

5. Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. David Fincher for Gone Girl
7. Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
8. James Marsh for The Theory of Everything
9. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
10. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

Other Possibilities: Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild, Angelina Jolie for Unbroken, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Christopher Nolan for Interstellar, Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner, Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, Chris Rock for Top Five, Matthew Warchus for Pride, Tommy Lee Jones for The Homesman

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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.