Oscar Predictions – 2015

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized
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With the Academy Awards taking place this Sunday, everyone is making their predictions. Why should you listen to mine? Well, rumor has it that certain folks in Hollywood bring my picks around to Oscar parties and win really great prizes with them. Of course, I never see a dime of these prizes, but who cares? This year could be the year that I do poorly. Things are really close in so many categories that aside from a few locks, there’s a lot up for grabs. That is sure to make this year much more exciting than last year. So, here we go. Tell me if you agree or not. I’ve ranked them in the order of likelihood of winning.

Best Picture 

  1. Boyhood 
  2. Birdman
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Whiplash
  6. Selma
  7. American Sniper
  8. The Theory of Everything

This is pretty much a two horse race right now. I’ve had Boyhood penciled in as the winner since July of last year and I’m not about to change that now.

Best Director

  1. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  2. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  3. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  4. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  5. Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

Gosh this one is hard. Linklater did something amazing with Boyhood. But Birdman was masterful as well and the DGA gave their award to the latter’s helmsman. I’ll go with them.

Best Actor

  1. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  2. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  3. Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  5. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

I thought Keaton for a long time, but Redmayne is a little better, plus he plays the same character for a lifetime.

Best Actress

  1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  2. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  3. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  4. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  5. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

This one is a lock.

Best Supporting Actor

  1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  2. Edward Norton (Birdman)
  3. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  5. Robert Duvall (The Judge)

This one is a lock as well.

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  2. Emma Stone (Birdman)
  3. Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  4. Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  5. Laura Dern (Wild)

Even though I would vote for Emma Stone, Arquette is bringing home the award.

Best Original Screenplay

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Birdman
  3. Boyhood
  4. Foxcatcher
  5. Nightcrawler

The more I think about it, the more I think this is close to a lock. Budapest was so clever, and so well told. There’s an outside shot for Birdman or Boyhood.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. The Imitation Game
  2. The Theory of Everything
  3. American Sniper
  4. Whiplash
  5. Inherent Vice

This one is up in the air. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the top four win.

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  2. Big Hero 6
  3. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  4. The Boxtrolls
  5. Song of the Sea

The Lego Movie. Seriously…I’m still befuddled at the lack of a nomination, which paves the way for a Dragon win.

Best Documentary Film

  1. Citizenfour
  2. Last Days in Vietnam
  3. Finding Vivian Maier
  4. Virunga
  5. The Salt of the Earth

Life Itself was the only film that could have challenged Citizenfour. And it wasn’t nominated.

Best Foreign Film

  1. Ida
  2. Leviathan
  3. Wild Tales
  4. Tangerines
  5. Timbuktu

An outside chance for Leviathan or Wild Tales here.

Best Cinematography

  1. Birdman
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. Unbroken
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Ida

Birdman in front, with the rest in a pack.

Best Costume Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Into the Woods
  3. Maleficent
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. Inherent Vice

I never saw Into the Woods. A lot of folks were claiming it would get a Best Picture nomination, which was just silly. However, I am surprised that its not getting more love for Costume Design, which should lead to a win for Budapest.

Best Make-up and Hair

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Foxcatcher

This one is so, so close. Being a Marvel fan, I want Guardians to win, and really, think about all the characters that had make-up: Gamora, Nebula, Thanos, Ronan, the Broker, the Collector, Howard the Duck (just kidding).

Best Production Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Into the Woods
  3. Interstellar
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. The Imitation Game

Should be a lock.

Best Film Editing

  1. Boyhood
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. Whiplash
  5. American Sniper

Should be a lock here as well.

Best Visual Effects

  1. Interstellar
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Another one that is so close. Hugo beat out the last Apes film, so I’ll go with the Nolan bus here.

Best Original Score

  1. The Theory of Everything
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Interstellar
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. The Imitation Game

I am hoping for a Budapest win here, but I noticed that no soundtrack Grammy winner has ever won an Oscar. And Theory does have a great score.

Best Original Song

  1. “Glory” (Selma)
  2. “Everything is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)
  3. “Lost Stars” (Begin Again)
  4. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me)
  5. “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)

Should be a sure thing.

Best Sound Editing

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman
  3. Interstellar
  4. Unbroken
  5. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

As usual, I’m mostly guessing here, although my top two here both sounded amazing.

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Whiplash
  2. Birdman
  3. American Sniper
  4. Interstellar
  5. Unbroken

See above comment. I can see any of the top three winning here.

Best Live Action Short

  1. Boogaloo and Graham
  2. The Phone Call
  3. Parvaneh
  4. Aya
  5. Butter Lamp

No. Flipping. Idea.

Best Animated Short

  1. Feast
  2. The Dam Keeper
  3. A Single Life
  4. The Bigger Picture
  5. Me and My Moulton

Bah. Feast is a really fun film. Probably the winner.

Best Documentary Short

  1. Joanna
  2. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press One
  3. Our Curse
  4. The Reaper
  5. White Earth

Once again, no clue. Crisis is the popular pick, but I’m leaning away.

  1. Ann says:

    All I know is You should enter more contests. You win all the time!

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