Favorite: Birdman, or: (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Other nomination predictions (in alphabetical order):
3) Gone Girl
4) The Grand Budapest Hotel
5) The Imitation Game
6) Inherent Vice
8) The Theory of Everything
Wild and Nightcrawler have also found critical attention and affection. Wild has a slightly better chance than Nightcrawler of a nomination as Wild director Jean-Marc Valleé helmed last year’s award-winning Dallas Buyers Club. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may also catch a nostalgic nomination for the entire trilogy as the first two entries barely saw any love.