The award season is underway and precursors are flooding in. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s chosen nominations will be announced on Thursday December 11th.
On the film side of things we expect “Boyhood” and “Birdman” to get a lot of attention. “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should make some appearances too.
On the television side of things “True Detective,” “House of Cards,” and “Modern Family” should all easily show up. “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Downton Abbey,” “Fargo, ” “Orange is the New Black,” and “The Big Bang Theory” are all strong possibilities in multiple categories as well.
Here are our chosen for each category. Click the “More” link to see alternates/dark horses in that category as well.
Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Today was a big day for precursors. If anyone was skeptical about “Boyhood,” they probably aren’t anymore.
If you were having some trouble keeping up, we’ve compiled the winners of each category, including the previously announced National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle. We also have dates of upcoming awards.
NYFCC – “Boyhood”
NBR – “A Most Violent Year”
LAFCA – “Boyhood”
BSFC – “Boyhood”
NYFCO – “Boyhood”
Not too much really. This year the award race is wide open. The New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review are the first precursors to tell us who’s ahead.
Last year, even though “12 Years a Slave” was a clear front-runner, NYFCC voted “American Hustle” best picture. The National Board of Review is notoriously unpredictable, often in favor of Clint Eastwood productions and popular end-of-the-year releases.
So these are two grain-of-salt precursors, but they did however tell us a few things about some contenders:
We have fully updated all of our Oscar Predictions. Now including the categories: Original Song, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Feature.
With “Interstellar’s” reviews not quite being raves, it has been knocked down a few levels. The close we draw to the end of the year, the safer films like “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “The Theory of Everything” look.
There are still some movies to be seen. “Unbroken” has a lot of potential. Others would include “A Most Violent Year,” “The Gambler,” “Selma,” and “Into the Woods.”
So here is where we are right now. After the jump, we have our ranked listings for all of the contenders. Click the “More” links to expand on the category and see other potential contenders.
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Into the Woods
SideNote: “The Imitation Game” vs. “Boyhood”
Last year it was “12 Years a Slave.” If not “12 Years a Slave,” it was “Gravity.” Both films had excellent responses from their respective festival showings which lead them to the top of everyone’s radar.
The things is, we knew and we knew this time in 2012 that “The Artist” was clear to take it. However it took the assistance of various guilds to give both 2013 winner “Argo” and 2011 winner “The King’s Speech” the edge over “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Social Network.”
Looking at the list of contenders, both of these films can fit the bill.
Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.
What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.
So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”
Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicholas Giabone,Alejandro González Iñárritu – “Birdman”
Wes Anderson, Hugh Guinness – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn – “Gone Girl
Graham Moore – “The Imitation Game”