Oscars 2015 Predictions!

Yes, it’s officially awards season, and with the biggest award show just around the corner, I feel it is time to release my predictions list!

Best Picture

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

My Prediction: Birdman, however, I feel Boyhood is also a strong competitor.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Personally, I’d be happy with either Birdman or Boyhood, but I’d also love Selma to win. I have honestly never been as indecisive as I am this year.


Best Director

  • Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

My Prediction: I’ve got to go with Linklater, given his dedication to Boyhood over the years. He is the best choice, if you ask me.

I’d like the winner to be: Richard Linklater.


Best Actor

  • Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John du Pont
  • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper as Chris Kyle
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Riggan Thomson / Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking

My Prediction: Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking.

I’d like the winner to be: Steve Carell, whose work in Foxcatcher is simply nothing like he has ever done before. This has got to be the hardest category for me, Redmayne, Cumberbatch and Keaton also deserve this, their performances were incredible.


Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything as Jane Hawking
  • Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed

My Prediction: Julianne Moore, who has attracted great attention for her role in Still Alice.

I’d like the winner to be: Rosamund Pike, whose work in Gone Girl is simply outstanding.


Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
  • Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Mike Shiner
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
  • J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

My Prediction: JK Simmons.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Simmons, or Norton.


Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
  • Laura Dern – Wild as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey
  • Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
  • Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Sam Thomson
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch

My Prediction: Patricia Arquette

I’d Like the Winner to Be: No argument with the prediction; it has to be Arquette.


Best Original Screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

My Prediction: It has got to be between Birdman, and The Grand Budapest Hotel

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Birdman.


Best Adapted Screenplay

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

My Prediction: The Imitation Game.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: The Imitation Game.


Best Animated Feature Film

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

My Prediction: Strongly hoping for Big Hero 6,to take the trophy. However, it could be How to Train Your Dragon 2.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Big Hero 6, no doubt.


Best Foreign Language Film

  • Ida (Poland) in Polish – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Leviathan (Russia) in Russian – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian and Russian – Zaza Urushadze
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish – Damián Szifrón

My Prediction: Ida, which is an exceptional film.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Ida


Best Documentary – Feature

  • Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutsky
  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado and David Rosier
  • Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

My Prediction: Citizenfour, very relevant to our time.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: This is the one category in which I’m not sure about, as I have only seen one of these, Citizenfour. I should really watch more documentaries. It’s just finding the time…


Best Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
  • Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
  • The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Prediction: The Theory of Everything

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Between the Imitation Game and Mr Turner for me.


Best 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
  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again

My Prediction: ‘Glory’ from Selma

I’d Like the Winner to Be: ‘Glory’


Best Sound Editing

  • American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar – Richard King
  • Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

My Prediction: American Sniper

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Birdman or Unbroken.


Best Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Jon Taylor,Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
  • Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
  • Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
  • Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

My Prediction: American Sniper

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Birdman.


Best Production Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
  • The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)
  • Interstellar – Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)
  • Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
  • Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

My Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Mr Turner


Best Cinematography

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

My Prediction: Birdman, just amazing.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Birdman.


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Foxcatcher – Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

My Prediction: Foxcatcher (I mean, Oscar loves a prosthetic nose.)

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Foxcatcher


Best Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
  • Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
  • Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
  • Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
  • Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

My Prediction: Grand Budapest Hotel.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Into the Woods or Inherent Vice. You’ve probably worked out by now that I’m not a fan of The Grand Budapest Hotel…


Best Film Editing

  • American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • Boyhood – Sandra Adair
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
  • The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
  • Whiplash – Tom Cross

My Prediction: Boyhood.

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Whiplash. Wait a minute, how is Birdman not nominated for this category?!


Best Visual Effects

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

My Prediction: Interstellar

I’d Like the Winner to Be: Interstellar


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