This one was tough. I sit down every year around this time and slave over (sit down for like 12 minutes and throw together) my Best Picture predictions list. The catch is that I have yet to see the vast majority of the films predicted. I like to consider it a little experiment (albeit sometimes a sadly predictable one) to guess what the Academy will like.
This year is different though. In the first 8 months of the year, there has only been one shoo-in for a nomination thus far: Pixar's Inside Out. Last year, for example, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were obvious nominees as early as June. My honorable mentions is a bit long this time around due to some well-received/shockingly successful releases, but I don't think they will get the nod when it's all said and done.
One dark horse that I do not mention is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will most-likely be the highest grossing film released in 2015, although it has a tough hill to climb with the unreal box-office performance of Jurassic World. Not only could it make a huge amount of money, but in the case of a 90% or above Rotten Tomatoes score, I can see the Academy recognizing its significance both financially and critically by giving it a nomination in a similar way that they praised The Lord of the Rings, with all 3 films in the trilogy receiving Best Picture noms.
Well, here goes nothing y'all!--
Best Picture Nominees:
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Since I had a good run last year, here again are my annual Academy Award for Best Picture nominee predictions for 2014. This, of course, is assuming the Academy picks 10 films (in years past they have picked as few as five and as many as 10. They chose 9 in 2013). All of these films were chosen based on hype/potential, although I have seen Grand Budapest (March release) and Boyhood (summer release).
Best Picture Nominees:
I feel pretty good about this one!
Actual Best Picture Nominees for 2014
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
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