As with the November Best Picture predictions, the Gold Rush Gang’s thoughts on Best Director follow suit. That means Boyhood, Birdman and The Imitation Game continue to be strong with the TIG director Morten Tyldum seeing the biggest jump of the month, up 12 points. That also means that Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Ava DuVernay (Selma) ...Read More »
What a difference a month makes. After a mixed test screening of Selma, attended by AwardsWatch members, the Gold Rush Gang (and the forum members in general) have abandoned the film almost entirely, it’s down an astonishing 43 points. Currently, only Alexander, Evan, Kenneth and myself have Selma making it into Best Picture. I’m still bullish on it (you can ...Read More »
There’s something strange going on with this year’s Best Supporting Actor category; once you get past the top three contenders in Edward Norton (Birdman), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) things get sort of quiet. Sure, Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) has been picking up steam recently but Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) has lost most of his and no one else ...Read More »
Two films make big jumps this month, The Theory of Everything (which breaks into the top 10 for the first time) and Gone Girl. Although The Imitation Game won the People’s Choice at the Toronto Film Festival last month it was the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything that ended up stealing a bit of its thunder with rave reviews and deafening Oscar talk for the ...Read More »
2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director – Nolan Shoots for the Stars, Is DuVernay Marching to Victory?
Boyhood‘s Richard Linklater maintains (and actually increases) his hold on the #1 spot again this month, breaking away from the two-way tie he was in with Birdman‘s Alejandro González Iñárritu, who falls just a teeny bit. Selma‘s Ava DuVernay moves up even though her film doesn’t and Interstellar‘s Christopher Nolan makes the biggest jump of the month, up 10 points to land ...Read More »
Forum Oscar Poll Results – September 2014: Gone Girl, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything Rise
BEST PICTURE Things are being to shore up in Best Picture with Top 5 retaining their place in the race and only one new film added (The Theory of Everything) and one dropped (Wild). While debuting in 9th, we think that Theory is poised to make another jump next month. Unbroken holds strong here despite falls in other major categories but Inherent Vice takes ...Read More »
2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress – Streep Gets Lost in the Woods, is Kristen Stewart the Dark Horse?
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) is still going strong here with a solid first place showing. She receives eight 1st place votes with just Jason holding back full blown support. Her vote total doesn’t change from last month, but is that a good thing? Her lead is commanding but will see start to suffer from too early frontrunner status? Especially when The Imitation ...Read More »
Edward Norton (Birdman) holds court once again and by a healthy margin. He receives only 1st and 2nd place votes from the Gold Rush Gang, again, and keeps that healthy lead. Another Foxcatcher casualty, Mark Ruffalo, falls a bit but stays in 2nd place. But, nipping at his heels is his Sony Pictures Classics competitor, Whiplash‘s J.K. Simmons. He moves up 10 points ...Read More »
What would Oscar predicting be without a crazy race in Best Actress? Julianne Moore in Still Alice makes the biggest jump of any person or film on the charts to go from a single point charted last month (from Kenneth) to the #1 slot. After a nail-biting week after its Toronto debut, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film and the Best Actress ...Read More »
Michael Keaton (Birdman) keeps his #1 ranking here (only receiving 1st and 2nd place votes) but The Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) is making his move, jockeying up 9 points to land at #2 and doing a virtual flip-flop with Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). The once strong contender tumbles nine for 3rd place. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) builds on ...Read More »