87th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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On Sunday, the 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Hollywood Boulevard and broadcast on ABC. Its been a very long and drawn out awards season, and its finally going to be finished on Sunday night. There is lots of talk on who will win, who should win, etc. Similar to last year, I’m going to predict the winners in not just a few categories, but all 24 categories. I hope nobody will be angry at me for guessing the wrong documentary short (which is a shame since all of the shorts sound pretty interesting). So sit back, relax, and enjoy my predictions on what will win (and what should for some categories) of the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

Let’s begin with the shorts:

Best Documentary Short Subject

the nominees are:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

What will win: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

 

Best Short Film (Live Action)

the nominees are:

Aya

Boogalo and Graham

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

The Phone Call

What will win: Parvaneh 

 

Best Short Film (Animated)

the nominees are:

The Bigger Picture

The Damn Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

Single Life

What will win: The Dam Keeper

 

Best Sound Mixing

the nominees are:

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

What will win: American Sniper

What should win: Whiplash

(The sound was integral to what made Whiplash such a powerhouse of a film, but the Academy will give this to American Sniper)

 

Best Sound Editing

the nominees are:

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

What will win: American Sniper

(again, the Academy will give this both to Sniper. The only awards the film will probably be winning that night)

 

Best Visual Effects

the nominees are:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

X-Men: Days of Future Past

What will win: Interstellar

(say what you will about Interstellar, but I think most will agree that its one of the most visual jaw-dropping films of the 21st century, so it will win this award)

 

Best Original Song

the nominees are:

Begin Again – “Lost Stars”

Beyond the Lights – “Grateful”

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

The LEGO Movie – “Everything Is Awesome”

Glory – “Selma”

What will win: “Glory”

What should win: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

(Many are speculating that the final song recorded by Glen Campbell could pull an upset, but it will probably go to “Glory”, from Selma. Being a lifelong fan of Campbell’s work, and I just realized that a person of my age just said that, I’d like for him to win this award, but I’d bet on “Glory”)

 

Best Original Score

the nominees are:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar – Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson

What will win: The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson

 

Best Costume Design

the nominees are:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

What will win/should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

the nominees are:

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

What should win: Either Foxcatcher or Guardians of the Galaxy

(The makeup was excellent in Grand Budapest, but I’d like Foxcatcher or Guardians to be called an Oscar-winning film. Oh well)

 

Best Film Editing

the nominees are:

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

What will win/should win: Boyhood

(Sandra Adair’s work on this film is terrific, and hopefully this won’t be the only film that Boyhood will win that evening…)

 

Best Cinematography

the nominees are:

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert D. Yeoman

Ida – Ryszard Lenczweski, Lukasz Zal

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakins

What will win/should win: Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

(Duh, no brainer here)

 

Best Production Design

the nominees are:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

What will win/should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Animated Film

the nominees are:

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

What will win: How to Train Your Dragon 2

What should win: The Lego Movie

(Still not sure why the Academy didn’t like The Lego Movie…)

 

Best Documentary Feature

the nominees are:

CITIZENFOUR

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

What will win: CITIZENFOUR

(I haven’t seen this doc yet, but I hear great things and luckily HBO will be airing the film the day after the Oscars, so I’m definitely setting my DVR for that one)

 

Best Foreign Language Film

the nominees are:

Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Tangerines (Estonia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

What will win: Ida

 

Best Original Screenplay

the nominees are:

Birdman – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

What should win: Boyhood – Richard Linklater

(I wish Linklater would win, since the filmmaker should have about 10 Oscars by now, but I’m happy that another filmmaker from Texas will probably win the award)

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

the nominees are:

American Sniper – Jason Hall

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

What will win: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

What should win: Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

(I’d like to add that while I didn’t love Inherent Vice, it would be super chill if PTA won because its PTA. Graham Moore won the WGA award, so this is a lock)

 

Best Supporting Actress

the nominees are:

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Laura Dern – Wild

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Who will win/should win: Patricia Arquette

(she was the center of this beautiful and emotional masterpiece, so this is a well deserved pick)

 

Best Supporting Actor

the nominees are:

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Who will win/should win: J.K. Simmons

(Again, he’s won everything else and deserves every award he’s won for this terrific performance)

 

Best Actress

the nominees are:

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Who will win: Julianne Moore

Who should win: Rosamund Pike

(Granted, I haven’t seen any of these films except for Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything. However, I won’t lose sleep over this. I’ve always liked Julianne Moore so I’m happy that she’s getting an Oscar)

 

Best Actor

the nominees are:

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Who will win: Michael Keaton

Who should win: Steve Carell

(Carell doesn’t have a shot at winning, but it would a lot cooler if he did. The race has been between Keaton and Redmayne, but I think that the Academy will pick Keaton due to the comeback appeal of the performance. It could go either way, but that’s who I’m betting on)

 

Best Director

the nominees are:

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Who will win/should win: Richard Linklater

(Even though Inarritu won the DGA, I feel that the Academy will ultimately pick Richard Linklater, due to the fact that the man has dedicated the last 12 years of his life to this film, and that he’s a filmmaker whose influenced the way we watch and view films forever. Richard Linklater is the greatest filmmaker of the last 20+ years, and I think it’s about damn time we honor the man for this piece of work)

 

Best Picture

the nominees are:

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

 

What will win/should win: Boyhood

(Yes, Birdman has been favored by all the Guilds, but I think that the Academy will ultimately find Boyhood to be the more satisfying of those two films. Inarritu will probably be back at the Oscars next year for his upcoming western The Revenent, so he’ll probably be able to pick up a trophy or two with that one. But this year belongs to Richard Linklater and Boyhood)

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