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Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Oscar Predictions (UPDATE: Winners are highlighted in blue)

I have now seen all of the Best Picture nominees and am ready to publish my predictions for the 2015 Oscars. This year's Oscars are a bit more challenging than last year's to predict as I personally don't see many clear cut winners. But that's not going to stop me from making my predictions! So as in years past, I will predict who I think will win as well as who I want to/think should win.

UPDATE: Winners are highlighted in blue. I was 5 for 8 with my predictions.

Best Motion Picture of the Year 

American Sniper (my review)
The Imitation Game (my review)
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
The Theory of Everything (my review)

MY CHOICE: American Sniper 

Boyhood seems to be the favorite (and it is an excellent movie), so I will go with that for my prediction. My favorite movie of the bunch though is American Sniper (with The Theory of Everything a close 2nd). 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher 
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game 
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper 
Michael Keaton - Birdman 
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything 

PREDICTION: Eddie Redmayne 
MY CHOICE: Eddie Redmayne 

Redmayne becomes Stephen Hawking in an amazing performance. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 

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

PREDICTION: Julianne Moore 
MY CHOICE: Rosamund Pike 

Pike does a fantastic job playing a psychopath. I haven't seen Moore's performance, but she seems to be the favorite. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 

Robert Duvall - The Judge 
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood 
Edward Norton - Birdman 
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher 
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash 

MY CHOICE: J.K. Simmons 

J.K. Simmons is awesome in this movie and I cannot imagine him NOT winning. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood 
Laura Dern - Wild 
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game 
Emma Stone - Birdman 
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods 

PREDICTION: Patricia Arquette 
MY CHOICE: Patricia Arquette 

Patricia Arquette turns in a wonderful performance as the Mom in Boyhood. 

Best Achievement in Directing 

Richard Linklater - Boyhood 
Alejandro González Iñárritu - Birdman 
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher 
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game 

PREDICTION: Richard Linklater 
MY CHOICE: Richard Linklater 

Because of his unique & innovative vision for the movie Boyhood, I believe Richard Linklater will win this one. UPDATE: I was going to change this to Iñárritu, but wound up not doing so...

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 

Boyhood - Richard Linklater 
Birdman - Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo 
Foxcatcher - E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman 
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness 
Nightcrawler - Dan Gilroy 

PREDICTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness 
MY CHOICE: Birdman 

Because of the movie's unique, quirky story, I think Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness will win for The Grand Budapest Hotel. I personally think that the writers of Birdman should win though. 

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published 

American Sniper - Jason Hall 
Inherent Vice - Paul Thomas Anderson 
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore 
The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten 
Whiplash - Damien Chazelle 

PREDICTION: The Imitation Game - Graham Moore 
MY CHOICE: The Imitation Game - Graham Moore 

The Imitation Game tells such a great story and is thus very well written.

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