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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

And the 2015 Oscars go to . . .

OK, I’m about to take a few days off, and when I get back Monday there’ll be no more Oscar talk, at least not for a while. But here’s one last burst: namely, a sight-unseen guess at what titles we might be talking about at Oscar next year . . .

Foxcatcher“: Widely considered to be an Oscar contender this year, Bennett Miller’s drama (he’s the director behind “Capote”) starring Steve Carrell got bumped to 2014 — but it’s still got plenty of buzz. (No release date yet set)

Jersey Boys.” It’s Clint Eastwood (directing), it’s a musical, and it has Christopher Walken in it. Any more questions? (June 20)

Gone Girl.” It’s got the right director (David Fincher), and if he captures even half of the book’s breathless twists, this one could be a winner. (Oct. 3)

Into the Woods.” Five words: Meryl Streep as The Witch. (Dec. 25)

Unbroken.” Directed by Angelina Jolie, written by the Coen brothers, about an American Olympic athlete taken prisoner during World War II. (Dec.)

Inherent Vice.” Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, based on a Thomas Pynchon novel and starring Joaquin Phoenix as a 1970s-era detective. (Dec.)

Interstellar.” Yes, this is the one Christopher Nolan’s been working on since leaving Batman; starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Nolan good-luck charm Michael Caine. (November)

Get on Up.” A James Brown biopic, from “The Help” director Tate Taylor and featuring that movie’s stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. (August)

Big Eyes.” You know Amy Adams is going to eventually win an Oscar for something; maybe it’ll be Tim Burton’s latest, about the painter Margaret Keane. (date tbd)

And, quite possibly, some thoroughly wonderful movies we haven’t even heard about yet. Have a lovely week; see you Monday.

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