These nominations make me feel more confident in my predictions that MR. TURNER is going to do well in nominations
and THE IMITATION GAME is going to win Best Picture
MR. TURNER has not done well with the earlier Guilds, but it is at least on people's radar. I think it is going to do quite well with BAFTA, and the British contingent of the Academy will carry it along. After all, five of his last seven films have resulted in nominations for him (not to mention others from the films), including five for writing, two for directing, and one Best Picture notice. MR. TURNER just seems like the type of fun British film to earn wide support from the Academy.
As for THE IMITATION GAME, it has certainly been doing well at the box-office -- outside of just the art house theatres. I see it potentially leading the pack with 10 nominations (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Editing, Set, Costume, Score, and Sound). This surprise cinematography nomination could make it 11. Then from there it wins Best Picture, Lead Actor, Adapted Screenplay, and Score. If they really love it, Supporting Actress could happen as well. I still think Linklater has a good shot at Director, but Harvey might be able to pull-off another Hooper-shocker.
As for the Oscar Cinematography nominations, I see BIRDMAN, UNBROKEN, and MR. TURNER repeating with GONE GIRL and THE IMMIGRANT possibly breaking in.
"When it comes to the subject of torture, I trust a woman who was married to James Cameron for three years."
-- Amy Poehler in praise of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow