87th Academy Awards Predictions

Every year I try to watch as many of the nominated films as I can. This year I think I’ve watched more films than ever before. It’s definitely been an interesting year for films. I have my picks for who I want to win (and who I think will win). Just a little over 24 hours until we see who comes out with a statue.

Best Picture

  • American SniperBirdman
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)*
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

I’ve seen all the nominees in this category but Selma and I have to say this is always the hardest category to predict a winner. My favorite of the group was by far The Grand Budapest Hotel. However I doubt it will win the category. The statue will probably go to Birdman or Boyhood. Although I found Boyhood lacked a true story and is better suited to win in other categories for it’s ambitious task of filmmaking. I found Birdman intriguing and absolutely stunning.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything*

This will be an interesting race to see who will leave with a statue. All these performances were Oscar worthy. My vote is a tie between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton. The Academy seems to favor winners who portray real people so they can compare the acting to how the person is in real life. With that said, Eddie Redmayne portraying Stephen Hawking was the best performance of this type. Plus he’s been winning awards left and right for this role. But what Michael Keaton did to create this character is pretty great.Still Alice

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore in Still Alice*
  • Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon in Wild

There isn’t any contest in this category this year. Julianne Moore’s performance in Still Alice was head and shoulders above the rest. I really have nothing else to say but if you haven’t seen this movie yet, then definitely put it on your list.Whiplash

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Robert Duvall in The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
  • Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash*

This is another category that doesn’t seem to be a contest. J.K. Simmons in this harsh and hateful role was just so good you can’t not give him an Oscar.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette in Boyhood*
  • Laura Dern in Wild
  • Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

This is probably the weakest category in a long time. I would love to see Keira Knightly win because The Imitation Game was really good but doesn’t seem to have a winning chance in any other categories but the statue will go home with either Patricia Arquette of Emma Stone.

Achievement in Directing

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood*
  • Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

My thought is this is where Boyhood will receive it’s acclaim for the length it took them to make this movie. I mean sticking with a story for 12 years and seeing it through to the finish line is an incredible feat.

Best Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2*
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Seeing as this year’s biggest snub was The Lego Movie and there’s no Pixar movie in the mix of nominations, I don’t think many care about this category this year. I’m just guessing the Academy will give it to How to Train Your Dragon 2 since the first didn’t get much recognition but nothing really stands out.

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Unbroken

Achievement in Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Mr. Turner

Achievement in Film EditingBoyhood

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood*
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Achievement in Makeup and Hair

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy*

Of course I’m going to vote for Guardians. This movie was so wonderful I think it could be a contender in more categories.

Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*The Lego Movie
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Original Song

  • Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie*
  • Glory from Selma
  • Grateful from Beyond the Lights
  • I’m Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
  • Lost Stars from Begin Again

Achievement in Production DesignThe Imitation Game

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)*
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • UnbrokenAmerican Sniper

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper*
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

Achievement in Visual EffectsGuardians of the Galaxy

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy*
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything*The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Original Screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel*
  • Nightcrawler

The rest of the categories I haven’t seen any or enough to make any predictions.

Foreign Language Film

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

Documentary Feature

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

Documentary Short Subject

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

Animated Short Film

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

Live Action Short Film

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

Who do you think will take home a golden statue??

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