Monday, December 29, 2014

Oscar Voting Began Today. Learn Who 4800 Of The Oscar Voters Are!

Oscar voting began today, and in honor of that I’ve updated the pages on The Academy Members Project - our ongoing attempt to identify and celebrate as many Oscar voters as possible.

We’ve currently identified 4,801 current members (over TWO-THIRDS of the full AMPAS membership!), as well as over 4,400 historical members.

Learn how you can join the search here, or simply take some time to check out the names of who is casting those all-important ballots!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

87th Oscar Supporting Actor Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (12/21/2014)

So far the precursors seem to have settled on a pretty steady top five. Will Oscar throw us a surprise? Or leave us with the same lineup?

J.K. Simmons is the type of actor who should be winning this award every year. He’s what the category was designed for: Someone with a long list of credits who landed a career stand-out role, as opposed to the leading stars who sometimes choose to “slum it” in the supporting categories. If you haven’t seen Whiplash yet, you really should get yourself to the nearest theater!

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  1. J.K. Simmons in Whiplash (Predicted Winner)
  2. Edward Norton in Birdman
  3. Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
  4. Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
  5. Robert Duvall in The Judge

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  1. Tom Wilkinson in Selma
  2. Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice
  3. Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes
  4. Alfred Molina in Love Is Strange
  5. Riz Ahmed in Nightcrawler
  6. Takamasa Ishihara aka Miyavi in Unbroken
  7. Logan Lerman in Fury
  8. Tim Roth in Selma
  9. Chris Pine in Into The Woods
  10. Andy Serkis in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  11. John Goodman in The Gambler
  12. Alec Baldwin in Still Alice
  13. Domhnall Gleeson in Unbroken
  14. Charlie Cox in The Theory Of Everything
  15. Albert Brooks in A Most Violent Year
  16. Joel Edgerton in Exodus: Gods And Kings
  17. Martin Short in Inherent Vice
  18. Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher
  19. Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl
  20. Charles Dance in The Imitation Game

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  1. Michael Caine in Interstellar
  2. Tyler Perry in Gone Girl
  3. Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Johnny Depp in Into The Woods
  5. Dominic West in Pride
  6. Oscar Isaac in The Two Faces Of January
  7. James Gandolfini in The Drop
  8. Benicio Del Toro in Inherent Vice
  9. Matthew Goode in The Imitation Game
  10. Robert Pattinson in The Rover
  11. Michael Fassbender in Frank
  12. Nelsan Ellis in Get On Up
  13. John Lithgow in Cesar Chavez
  14. Joaquin Phoenix in The Immigrant
  15. Michael Pena in Fury
  16. Stan Houston in Selma
  17. Terence Stamp in Big Eyes
  18. Shia Labeouf in Fury
  19. Ben Kingsley in Exodus: Gods And Kings
  20. Roger Ashton-Griffiths in Mr. Turner
  21. Jamie Foxx in Annie
  22. Gary Oldman in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  23. Hiroyuki Sanada in The Railway Man
  24. Matt Damon in Interstellar
  25. Colin Farrell in Miss Julie

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Monday, December 15, 2014

87th Oscar Lead Actress Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (12/15/2014)

Julianne Moore looks like she may finally win her long-deserved Oscar this season with Still Alice. Surely the Academy can’t continue to hold out on her forever, right?

I’m not quite ready to utter the words “Academy Award Nominee Jennifer Aniston” just yet, especially with Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Hilary Swank still in contention. But maybe she has more “friends” in the Academy than I’m giving her credit for. They do have a habit of rewarding popular and comedic stars who “make good” with a solid dramatic performance, and the field seems divided enough that she could slip in.

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  1. Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Predicted Winner)
  2. Reese Witherspoon in Wild
  3. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
  4. Felicity Jones in The Theory Of Everything
  5. Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night

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  1. Jennifer Aniston in Cake
  2. Amy Adams in Big Eyes
  3. Emily Blunt in Into The Woods
  4. Hilary Swank in The Homesman
  5. Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle
  6. Jenny Slate in Obvious Child
  7. Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant
  8. Anne Dorval in Mommy
  9. Scarlett Johansson in Under The Skin
  10. Shailene Woodley in The Fault In Our Stars
  11. Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  12. Anne Hathaway in Interstellar
  13. Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond The Lights
  14. Mia Wasikowska in Tracks
  15. Tessa Thompson in Dear White People
  16. Helen Mirren in The Hundred Foot Journey
  17. Cheng Pei Pei in Lilting
  18. Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive
  19. Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins
  20. Keira Knightley in Begin Again

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  1. Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
  2. Jessica Chastain in Miss Julie
  3. Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
  4. Emma Stone in Magic In The Moonlight
  5. Michelle Monaghan in Fort Bliss
  6. Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie
  7. Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent
  8. Maggie Smith in My Old Lady
  9. Rosario Dawson in Top Five
  10. Lindsay Duncan in Le Week-End
  11. Agata Kulesza in Ida
  12. Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie
  13. Kirsten Dunst in The Two Faces Of January
  14. Tina Fey in This Is Where I Leave You
  15. America Ferrera in Cesar Chavez
  16. Agata Trzebuchowska in Ida
  17. Shirley MacLaine in Elsa & Fred
  18. Annette Bening in The Face Of Love
  19. Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
  20. Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
  21. Elisabeth Moss in The One I Love
  22. Greta Gerwig in The Humbling
  23. Dakota Fanning in Night Moves
  24. Jennifer Garner in Men, Women & Children
  25. Rachel McAdams in A Most Wanted Man

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As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

87th Oscar Lead Actor Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (12/14/2014)

The best actor race is filled with important biographical pieces on the one hand, and stunning out of the box performances on the other.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler was a particular favorite in my household, and I may still move him into the top five before January (or even next weekend after I see Foxcatcher). But the fundamentals of the race are still against him even after those SAG and Golden Globe nominations: It’s a film from a small studio with a small campaign budget that got a relatively small release, there aren’t any best picture coattails for him to ride to the nomination, and the actors branch usually prefers to nominate “creepy” characters in the supporting category rather than in lead. Still, here’s hoping that Jake makes the necessary rounds to promote the film -- and that voters actually put the screener in the DVD player to watch it!

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  1. Michael Keaton in Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything
  3. David Oyelowo in Selma
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
  5. Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

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  1. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
  2. Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner
  3. Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
  4. Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year
  5. Jack O’Connell in Unbroken
  6. Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Miles Teller in Whiplash
  8. Tom Hardy in Locke
  9. Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher
  10. Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice
  11. Bill Murray in St. Vincent
  12. Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
  13. Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood
  14. Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
  15. Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up
  16. Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes
  17. Brad Pitt in Fury
  18. Brendan Gleeson in Calvary
  19. John Lithgow in Love Is Strange
  20. James Corden in Into The Woods

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  1. Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods And Kings
  2. Gael Garcia Bernal in Rosewater
  3. Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins
  4. Alfred Molina in Love Is Strange
  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man
  6. Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler
  7. Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again
  8. Chris Rock in Top Five
  9. Jeremy Renner in Kill The Messenger
  10. Bill Nighy in Pride
  11. James McAvoy in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  12. Jim Broadbent in Le Week-End
  13. Andre Benjamin in Jimi: All Is By My Side
  14. Aleksey Serebryakov in Leviathan
  15. Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman
  16. Russell Crowe in Noah
  17. Colin Firth in The Railway Man
  18. Michael Pena in Cesar Chavez
  19. Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge
  20. Al Pacino in The Humbling
  21. Viggo Mortensen in The Two Faces Of January
  22. Jude Law in Dom Hemingway
  23. Kevin Costner in Black Or White
  24. Jon Favreau in Chef
  25. George Clooney in The Monuments Men

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As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!