Oscars 2015: Early Best Picture Predictions
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
BIG EYES - THE WEINSTEIN CO., FALL
A Tim Burton-directed movie never has been nominated for best picture, but that could change with this drama about painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and wife Margaret (Amy Adams). Adams' performance is said to be a standout.
INHERENT VICE - WARNER BROS., TBD
Paul Thomas Anderson reteams with his The Master star Joaquin Phoenix for a 1970s-set detective drama based on a Thomas Pynchon book. Will it be too dark and artsy or just perfect for the Academy's nostalgic voters?
INTO THE WOODS - DISNEY, DEC. 25
Chicago director Rob Marshall returns with an all-star adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine and songs by Stephen Sondheim.
THE IMITATION GAME - THE WEINSTEIN CO., TBD
There's a reason Harvey Weinstein plunked down $7 million for this World War II drama at Berlin. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the famed cryptographer who helped crack the Nazi's Enigma Code before being prosecuted for homosexuality. He later died from cyanide poisoning -- probably suicide.
GET ON UP - UNIVERSAL, AUG. 1
The Help director Tate Taylor's follow-up is a James Brown biopic starring 42's Chadwick Boseman. Universal is betting the late-summer release date that helped Help and The Butler (and extra music cred from producer Mick Jagger) will propel this film through awards season.
GONE GIRL - 20TH CENTURY FOX, OCT. 3
Fox is betting that the same early October weekend that launched Gravity in 2013 and David Fincher's The Social Network in 2010 can work box-office and awards magic on Fincher's take on the smash Gillian Flynn novel starring Ben Affleck.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - FOX SEARCHLIGHT, MARCH 7
Critics loved this Wes Anderson fantasy in Berlin -- can it score the best picture nom that eluded his last film, Moonrise Kingdom? The March release date will require voters to have long memories.
UNBROKEN - UNIVERSAL, DEC. 25
Director Angelina Jolie tackles Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner taken prisoner by Japanese forces during WWII. It's based on the best-selling Laura Hillenbrand book and written by the Coen brothers, adding gravitas.