I don’t know anything and neither does anyone else, but it’s at least somewhat likely if not more so that the following will end up as big-time award winners/nominees at the end of the year and early 2014. Please forward suggestions about any other potential contenders.
Best Picture: American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, All Is Lost, Saving Mr. Banks, Fruitvale Station, August: Osage County, Monuments Men, Foxcatcher, Before Midnight.
Best Director: David O. Russell, American Hustle; Martin Scorsese, Wolf of Wall Street; Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis; John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks; Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station; George Clooney, Monuments Men; Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher; Richard Linklater, Before Midnight.
Best Actor: Robert Redford, All Is Lost; Leonardo DiCaprio, Wolf of Wall Street, Great Gatsby; Tom Hanks, Cpt. Phillips/Saving Mr. Banks; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (plus Mud, Wolf of Wall Street perfs); Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Steve Carell, Foxcatcher; Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station; Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, August: Osage County; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; Berenice Bejo, The Past; Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color; Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks; Naomi Watts, Diana; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight.
Best Supporting Actor: Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Jeremy Renner, American Hustle.
Best Supporting Actress: Pauline Burlet, The Past; June Squibb, Nebraska; Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Carrie Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis; Kristin Scott Thomas, Only God Forgives