'Tis the start of awards season: predictions for Oscars, Globes, Spirit Awards and more
The most talked about film lighting up marquees this weekend is a major awards contender, "The Imitation Game" starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a WWII codebreaker with a secret of his own. However, yesterday the film was snubbed by Film Independent. The group's Spirit Awards are a bellwether for the Academy. For Best Feature, the Spirit nominees are "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Love is Strange," "Selma," and "Whiplash." No sign of Reese Witherspoon starrer "Wild" on the list. As for bigger budget hopefuls, "Interstellar," The Lego Movie," and "Gone Girl" are a handful getting buzz in screenplay and director categories. What awards contenders have yet to be released on the big screen? Will independent films make a big showing at the Academy again this year? What films are on your early list of favorites?
Tim Gray, Awards Editor, Variety
Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor
Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC and Alt Film Guide