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Oscar 2015 Dates and Early Predictions: Another Meryl Streep?

Meryl Streep Into the Woods Oscar 2015Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods')

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Feb. 22, 2015 – or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony.

Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out).
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy.
  • Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT.
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT.
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced.
  • Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. PT.
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. PT.
  • Oscar Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.

As in previous years, the Oscar 2015 ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in the clogged heart of Hollywood. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC. Additionally, the Oscar show will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories around the world.

Oscar 2015 predictions

It's too early to tell, of course, but ... here are a few possibilities – depending on when some of these movies reach Los Angeles screens – in the various Oscar 2015 categories:

  • Tim Burton's Big Eyes, with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
  • Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, with Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn.
  • Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth.
  • Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, Alessandro Nivola, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Christopher Abbott.
  • Bennett Miller's 2014 Cannes Film Festival entry Foxcatcher, with Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.
  • Michel Hazanavicius' loose remake of Fred Zinnemann's The Search, a Cannes 2014 entry with Bérénice Bejo (apparently in the old Montgomery Clift role), Annette Bening.
  • David Fincher's Gone Girl, with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle.
  • Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, featuring Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Tom Wlaschiha, Roger Ashton-Griffiths.
  • David Michôd's The Rover, with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
  • Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong.
  • Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, with Jack O'Connell, Garret Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney.
  • Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, with Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham.
  • David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, in competition for the Palme d'Or, and starring Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska.
  • Damien Chazelle's Sundance 2014 winner Whiplash, with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons.

And in the technical categories:

  • Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Halle Berry.
  • Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Chris Evans, Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson.
  • Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Andy Serkis, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe.

Oscar 2014 winners

Oscar 2014 winners included Best Picture for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Best Foreign Language Film for Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, Best Director Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity, Best Actress Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Best Actor Matthew McConaughey for Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club, Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave, Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club, Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze for Her, and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave.

Meryl Streep Into the Woods photo: Walt Disney Studios.

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