My predictions for Hollywood awards season for 2014 films.


There are about 10 different awards presentation to honour the best of Chinese films in Asia Pacific every year (from critics society, guilds or organizations, as well as the main ones like Asian Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, and Golden Horse Awards). But that figure is no comparison to Hollywood awards season that has about 50 or more of such awards given to recognize the best of films in the previous year. The three major from those are no other than BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards), Golden Globes and the prestigious Academy (Oscars).

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So, I’ll just pretend to be an expert in movie critics for a day and contribute my personal predictions to who will get nominated and win in few important categories in awards selection. This is the right time to do so before the three major awards mentioned earlier (Golden Globes to take place tonight, BAFTAs as usual on early February, and Academy on late February).

Best Film / Motion Picture :

Top 5 : Boyhood (70%), The Theory of Everything (50%), Selma (50%), The Imitation Game (40%), Birdman (40%)

Next five to make it to the list but with very little chance of winning: Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Next five that may even get into the list: Interstellar, Unbroken, American Sniper, Wild, Into the Woods.

Will win : Boyhood.

My pick : The Theory of Everything.

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Best Director :

Top 5 : Richard Linklater – Boyhood (80%), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman (70%), Ava Duvernay – Selma (50%), Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game (40%), David Fincher – Gone Girl (30%)

Will win : Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

My pick : Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

Richard Linklater at the premiere of "Boyhood," a Linklater film, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Best Leading Actor :

Top 5 : Michael Keaton – Birdman (70%), Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (60%), Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game (50%), David Oyelowo – Selma (40%), Steve Carell – Foxcatcher (20%)

Wish to include in Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler (20%)

Will win : Michael Keaton (Birdman)

My pick : Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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Best Leading Actress :

Top 5 : Julianne Moore – Still Alice (80%), Reese Witherspoon – Wild (50%), Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl (50%), Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything (40%), Jennifer Anniston – Cake (20%)

Wish to include in Amy Adams – Big Eyes (20%)

Will win : Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

My pick : Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

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Best Supporting Actor :

Top 5 : J.K. Simmons – Whiplash (90%), Ethan Hawke – Boyhood (40%), Edward Norton – Birdman (40%), Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher (30%), Robert Duvall – The Judge (20%)

Will win : J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Should win : J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

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Best Supporting Actress :

Top 5 : Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (90%), Meryl Streep – Into the Woods (40%), Emma Stone – Birdman (40%), Laura Dern – Wild (30%), Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game (30%)

Will win : Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Should win : Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

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Best Animated Film :

Top 3 : The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6.

Will win : The Lego Movie.

Should win : The Lego Movie.

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That’s it. I didn’t watch all of the listed films above. Hence, the outcome above is from my research on various critics or polls online, as well as from my personal judgement particularly on the films that I did watched. Do you agree with my predictions above? I believe the result of those upcoming awards will be something like this unless the awards’ organizers wanted to give us a big surprise.

Best actor is a very tight race this time. Everyone able to be qualified into that category is very strong on their own. Now, mostly are saying Michael Keaton, but I think that Stephen Hawking is much harder to portray in ‘The Theory of Everything’. Eddie Redmayne nailed the role brilliantly and so I chose him. As for best actress, everyone is saying that Julianne Moore is long overdue for this award. I agreed. She is a great actress, and I believe this is the time for her, since she did amazingly in ‘Still Alice’ too. I think most are very sure that supporting actor and actress shall be given to J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette respectively. Both stay far ahead on their race. As for best director, I’m totally impressed with the idea of shooting the ‘Boyhood’ film in over 12 years for the more realistic outcome of that coming-of-age film. Hence, Richard Linklater deserved the recognition. Lastly, best animated film shall be no other than ‘The Lego Movie’, but ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ may be a dark horse. This is it. No comments on other smaller categories of the awards (screenplay, cinematography, editing, score, song, visual effects, sound effects, production design, etc).

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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