Saturday, February 21, 2015

2015 Oscar Predictions and Thoughts

Of course, these are my predictions to win, not who or what movie I wish would win.

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton - Birdman

Best Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons - Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Best Director: Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Best Animated Film: Big Hero 6

Best Foreign Film: Leviathan

Best Documentary Film: Citizenfour

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song: "Glory" - Selma

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman

Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair - Boyhood

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing: Richard King - Interstellar

Best Sound Mixing: Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten - Interstellar

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

Best Documentary (Short Subject): Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Animated Short Film: Feast

Best Live Action Short Film: Parvaneh

A bit predictable but I could see a few upsets here and there; a part of me thinks Best Actress may be a shocker.

I have to go with my gut feeling for Best Actor. If Eddie Redmayne wins, it will signify that the Academy still loves their two favorite Oscar baits: real-life figures and white people with crippling diseases.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is sure to sweep up the tech awards. I even have it winning over the Foxcatcher crew in the "let's put on a ton of old people makeup" category.

Remember When Actual Pop Songs Were Nominated & Would Win Best Original Song? Part 5: "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" is the only song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 (no. 57 to be exact) and the only song to connect with fans of the movie, normal people, and the internet. Unfortunately, it will not win because "Glory" is a message song and the Academy has to give it a pity Oscar for the massive snub. The other three have no shot of winning, especially since Diane Warren is forever a bridesmaid. I could eat my words if the sympathy vote helps garner an Oscar for Glen Campbell.

Feast obviously has to win, no question.

See you on Monday with my reactions to the awards.

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