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Mike’s Oscar Nom Picks Before Thursday Jan. 15 Announcement

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Get your Academy Award nomination (and win) picks ready for all those Oscar contests and office pools. Here are my picks for this year’s Oscars (a.k.a. Academy Awards) for films released in 2014. Look for prominent first-time nominees, possible double nominations, and a long-time cinematography nod. Nominations will officially announce all 24 categories live on Thursday, January, 15.


Directors/filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams announce 11 categories in the first part of a two-part presentation at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time (8:30 a.m. Eastern time), then actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the remain 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. Pacific time (8:38 a.m. Eastern time).

Best Picture

“Whiplash”, “Foxcatcher”, and “Mr. Turner” miss out along with the blockbuster “Interstellar”, but all will get nominations in other categories.

Best Director

Many famous names miss out this year including Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper”; Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken”; Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner”; Rob Marshall, “Into The Woods” and Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar”.

Best Actor

Everyone here gets his first nomination and Keaton looks solid especially after his Golden Globe win. Ralph Fiennes is very close for his performance in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as well as Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler” and Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner”.

Best Actress

Jones and Pike get their first nomination beating out great competition like Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”; Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”, Emily Blunt, “Into The Woods” and Shailene Woodley, “The Fault In Our Stars”.

Best Supporting Actor

Simmons gets his first nod. It would be great to see Andy Serkis make history for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, but I’m sticking with this worthy group.

Best Supporting Actress

Stone and Arquette are great first-timers. Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”; Laura Dern, “Wild” and Rene Russo, “Nightcrawler” are close runner-ups.

Original Screenplay

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler” and Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner” come close and so do two great comedic works by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, “The LEGO Movie” and Chris Rock, “Top Five”.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Great works here with honorable mentions for Jason Hall, “American Sniper”; Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, “Still Alice” and Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, “Snowpiercer”.

Best Animated Film

Close calls for “The Book of Life” and “Rocks in My Pockets” while amazing “Big”, “LEGO” and “Dragon 2” constitute the main competition.

Best Cinematography

Deakins gets his twelfth nomination (and hopefully finally a win) with close calls for Jeff Cronenweth, “Gone Girl” and Bradford Young, “Selma”.

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary Feature

Best Film Editing

Best Production Design

Best Costume Design

Best Original Score

Best Original Song

Best Visual Effects

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Editing

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