Well, award season is in full swing, and the best is yet to come – the Academy Awards. Not unexpectedly there are lots of fantastic films being highlighted that were showcased at TIFF 2014. Here’s our top picks for the winners, as well as highlighting some of our favourite TIFF alumni of the last year.


Most Likley To Win
Chantelle’s Top Pick
Jason’s Top Pick
Angelina’s Top Pick
[Our Review from TIFF 2014]

Top Awards

Here you have the main attractions, and our choices for who will probably win (not to be confused with who we WISH WOULD win).


American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game [Review]
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash [Review]


  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) [Review]
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)


  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game[Review]
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)



  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice[Review]
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild[Review]



  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) [Review]



  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Laura Dern (Wild[Review]
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game[Review]
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)


Notes on these Categories

Best Picture
“We couldn’t be more split on this one, haha! I think it’s high time a ‘weird’ movie won!”
“I didn’t like Boyhood at all and I hope it doesn’t win.  I found it boring, badly written, and over-acted.  For me, The Imitation Game has all of the pieces required of a Best Picture winner.”
“Despite the controversy around it, American Sniper’s subject is too topical and patriotic to not win this. At least it was better than Hurt Locker.”

Best Director
“Birdman is the only film that comes close to rivaling the director dedication for Boyhood, it won’t win though.”
“Richard Linklater is deserving of winning this category for the vision and concept he created for his film. The Academy may also give it to him as a reward for his whole body of work.”
“Whether you liked the film or not (I didn’t particularly), you have to applaud his ambition and follow-through.”


Best Actor
“I honestly believe this movie was entirely made to get Michael Keaton an Oscar, and he actually has a shot!”
“Although both Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch are frontrunners, I think Redmayne is perhaps more deserving. His performance as Stephen Hawking was utterly transformativ. Even more remarkable is that film was not shot in chronological order so he was required to perform various stages of the illness out of sequence.”
“I think it should go to Eddie Redmayne for nearly destroying his body to become Stephen Hawking”


Best Actress
“I havn’t seen any of these films. Although I wish Julianne more were nominated for Maps to the Stars instead”
“Moore was definitely the best part of Still Alice (the rest of the movie did NOT do it for me) and she was very good in it but I’m not sure this should have been the movie to finally get her the long-overdue Oscar.”
“For the record I hated Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, she was the complete wrong choice for the role. She played the whole film like she was on ambien. “

Best Supporting Actor
“J.K. Simmons absolutely gives one of the most memorable performances of the year in Whiplash.  When I first saw this film, I knew it was something spectacular but I wasn’t sure if it would get the recognition it deserved or get buried by the more high-profile films.  I’m very happy it has managed to break through and find enough attention.  I look forward to more people discovering this movie after he wins.”

Best Supporting Actress
“Emma Stone’s talent is highlighted in this wacky, emotional film. She certainly rises to the challenge of this dramatic role.”
“She had easily one of the most standout performances in the Birdman ensemble and it was unlike anything she’s ever done before. The speech she delivers to her father about being relevant in this world epitomized what the entire film was about.  This was a real breakout for her and she deserves to be recognized for it.”

 Other Picks/Snubs


  • Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper)
  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game[Review]
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash[Review]



  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler[Review]



  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  • Roger Deakins (Unbroken)



  • Captain America: The winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past



  • Tangerines
  • Ida
  • Leviathan [Review]
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales


SNUBS! (Read More Below)

  • The Lego Movie (Animated Feature)
  • Gone Girl (Adapted Screenplay)
  • Life Itself (Documentary Feature)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) [Review]
  • Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies (VFX)
  • Jennifer Anistron (Cake) [Review]

Notes on Snubs


The Lego Movie for Animated Feature
“I am shocked and disappointed that The Lego Movie didn’t get nominated for Best Animated Feature, heck, it could stand out in Best VFX if it wanted to – everyone agrees this is one of the biggest, most disappointing snubs of the year.”
“This was easily one of the year’s best animated films so it was surprise that it wasn’t nominated. Especially since nominees in this category are voted on by only animators working in the field who are required to see all of the shortlist films, I wonder if perhaps the fact that the film had live-action sequences as well had an effect on its eligibility?”

Gone Girl for Adapted Screenplay
“As much as I personally didn’t like the story, it was still a very well written screenplay so the omission in this category is surprising. I would have probably taken out Inherent Vice and replaced it with Gone Girl.”

Life Itself for Documentary Feature
“It seems odd that this film about Roger Ebert’s life was left out, especially given how beloved he was in Hollywood.  This seemed to be one of the documentaries this year that people were really talking about.”


Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Actor (Nightcrawler)
“Gyllenhaal being snubbed is a result of studio campaigning and jostling actors around categories.  Steve Carell’s inclusion in the Best Lead Actor category for Foxcatcher is out of place.  What the Academy should have done is drop Robert Duvall in Best Supporting, move Steve Carell into that correct category, which then opens a slot for Gyllenhaal for Lead Actor.”

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies  for Visual Effects
“This is the first EVER Peter Jackson Tolkien film NOT to be nominated for a VFX Oscar. To go from Winning Every Single Time with the LOTR trilogy to not winning ANY with The Hobbit thus far, and finally this snub? That’s Cold!”

Jennifer Aniston for Best Actress (Cake)
“Oh come on, Academy, where is Jennifer Aniston’s nomination for Cake? It was my favourite performance of the year in anything that I saw and she doesn’t even get nominated? Is it snobbery because of her sitcom beginnings, or did no one actually watch it?”

So that wraps up our opinions on the upcoming Oscars, do you agree?
Did we miss anything?


Read all our reviews from TIFF 2014 Here.