Early Oscar favorites

The Oscars are still a few months away, but the buzz has already started ahead of the 87th Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February the 22nd. Neil Patrick Harris, known from ‘Dougie Howser, M.D’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’, is set to host the show. The actor can now be seen in ‘Gone Girl’, the movie based on Gillian Flynn’s brilliant book of the same name. And boom! There is the link back to some of the movies and names that could end up as winners on the biggest night in the film industry.


Best Picture

I’ve written about a few upcoming movies already, and especially ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Birdman’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Interstellar’ could be winners on the big night. ‘Nightcrawler’, also discussed in the post mentioned, is less likely, but could be a dark horse. Another movie which could be in the running is ‘American Sniper’, starring Bradley Cooper. Clint Eastwood is in the director’s chair in this movie about a NAVY S.E.A.L. recounting his military career. The trailer for the movie is by far one of the best trailers of the year, and a rarity when it comes to trailers, as it does not give away too much, but still manages to grab a hold of you in its short 2 minutes. Check it out yourself:


In addition to those mentioned, ‘Foxcatcher’ could be in for a nomination as well, but we’ll get back to that one later. ‘The Theory of Everything’, starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Stephen Hawking, could also be a contender, as could ‘A Most Violent Year’, which stars both Cate Blanchett and Oscar Isaac. This movie, which opens on New Years Day, tells the story of one of the most violent years in New York history, that of 1981. Writer and director J. C. Chandor both wrote and directed ‘Margin Call’ back in 2011, an oscar nominated movie about an investment bank going through a financial crisis. Although that sounds about as fun as paper cuts, the movie is actually one to watch, with a cast including Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore. ‘A Most Violent Year’ looks dark, but then again… with a film title like that you hardly go into the cinema expecting dance numbers and slapstick humour…

Brad Pitt’s new movie ‘Fury’ could also be amongst the nominees, though I predict ‘American Sniper’ being the favorite if 2015 should hand out this award to a war-related movie. ‘Boyhood’, directed by Richard Linklater, ‘Inherent Vice’, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Magnolia’, ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’) also looks like a movie to look out for. Personal favorite J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller seem to be doing a wonderful job in ‘Whiplash’, a movie that could pick up a few nominations both on the acting and technical side. Check out the trailer:


Like I said, I’d get back to ‘Foxcatcher’… The movie could well end up with a nomination for Best Picture, but the big buzz could be about Steve Carrell’s performance. The man famous for his roles in the Anchorman movies, the TV hit show ‘The Office’ and other comedies could very well be in for a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ for his role as John du Pont in this movie based on the true story about wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), for whom du Pont functioned as a sponsor. Check out the trailer. I’ll be looking more into candidates for the awards for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ another time, but for now, check out the trailer for ‘Foxcatcher’.




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