By Jennifer Garcia Tara Fowler Jeff Nelson
November 24, 2014 12:00 PM

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The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, 11/28

Cumberbatch seems a lock for a nomination as closeted British code breaker Alan Turing.

Top Five

Chris Rock, 12/12

Critics are wondering if Rock can score a rare comedy acting nod.

Inherent Vice

Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, 12/12

Brolin and Phoenix are dark horses for a trippy Thomas Pynchon adaptation.

PHOTOMARK POKORNY/WARNER BROS.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, 12/17

It’s a special-effects bonanza in this final battle for Middle Earth.

The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg, 12/19

Wahlberg takes a risk in a remake of the 1974 drama.

Big Eyes

Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, 12/25

The Academy favorites star in a biopic of artist Margaret Keane.

Cake

Jennifer Aniston, 12/31

Aniston’s raw performance could earn a nod.

A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, 12/31

Gritty performances highlight this crime drama set in 1981 N.Y.C.

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