My predictions for the 87th Academy Awards

oscars-1024x727The nominations are in for the 87th Academy Awards. Quite a few as expected, but with a few surprises, I think. Anyway here are my predictions for the winners – they’re the ones in red. I, for one, can hardly wait to see the results, and with it hosted by the legen… wait for it… dary Neil Patrick Harris, it’ll be a show and a half!

Best Picture:

  • America Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Pudapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

This will be the first of quite a few wins for this film, I reckon…

Best Director:

  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Bennet Miller (Foxcatcher)
  • Morten Tyidum (The Imitation Game)

It’s surprising that James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) has seemingly been snubbed in this category, but I think his loss will be Tyidum’s gain here. I have the feeling that The Imitation Game will be losing out to The Theory of Everything in several categories, so I hope it wins here.

Best Actor:

  • Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

I think Redmayne has this one all sewn up. Although I’ve not seen it yet, and cannot personally comment on his performance, this one has multiple Oscar wins written all over it.

Best Actress:

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

Again, without yet witnessing her performance (which will soon be remedied), I reckon The Theory of Everything has this one in the bag.

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Duvall his this one coming – a classic actor with a stellar career. It’s another film I haven’t yet seen, but one I’m dying to watch as soon as possible). It’s been 32 years since his last statuette (Tender Mercies in 1983), but I think this one will be winging it’s way to him.

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Keira Knightly (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Streep is the single most Oscar nominated actress in the world, and I feel she may well be chalking up another win here. Let’s face it, any actress up against Streep should be quaking in her boots! Could this be another Oscar win for Streep? (Streep has now been nominated an amazing 19 times for her acting, and won three times, twice as Best Actress, and once as Best Supporting Actress!)

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr & Armando Bo)
  • Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  • Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson & Hugo Guiness)
  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

I think this is where Birdman will convert a nomination into a win. It’s had a lot of chatter around it, so this could be where it scoops a statue.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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

Much as I’d love it to be The Imitation Game, I get the feeling The Theory of Everything will be the board sweeper.

Best Animated Feature:

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

I’m not actually sure about this one. If I were judging on animation alone, I’d go for Boxtrolls, but taken as a film as a whole, I’d rather see this go to Big Hero 6 as the story is so much better

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 Jóhannson)

This one might be where The Imitation Game picks up another Oscar.

Best Original Song:

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

Come on, the name of the song says it all, really. Much as I hate the song and disliked the film, I think they’re onto a winner in this category.

Best Cinematography:

  • Birdman
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr Turner
  • Unbroken

Much has been made of the “continuous take” look of Birdman, and as it’s not nominated for the editing award, it may pick one up here instead.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

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

A tough one to call, but I think Foxcatcher will just pip Guardians of the Galaxy to the post. That said, sci-fi films have won this category before, so you never know!

Best Costume Design:

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

Another tough call, but I think the multi-fairytale platform of Into the Woods has more scope for the costuming award than the other films nominated for this category.

Best Film Editing:

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

Fourteen years in the making, this has the Best Film Editing award plastered all over it.

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

As Andy Serkis keeps getting overlooked for his acting prowess when doing motion capture, I sincerely hope Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at least picks up the prize for the best visual effects as some small compensation.

You will have noticed I haven’t included all the categories, but these are the ones that actually mean something to me. I don’t watch shorts and very rarely see a documentary or foreign film (although I do occasionally seek out films from foreign climes), so those awards hold far less interest to me, as with the sound editing category, as I have no frame of reference with which to judge prowess in that area.

So, those are my predictions for the big winners at the Oscars this year. Do you agree with my choices? I’d love to know, so leave a comment below.



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