2015 Oscar Nominations and Predictions

Oscar

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Keaton is the frontrunner, but I must say this is a very solid group, and I think Carrell is the most pleasant surprise here.  Cumberbatch has finally been accepted by the American mainstream.

Best Actress

Reese Witherspoon for Wild

I have a feeling Moore and Witherspoon may split the vote and Pike may end up being the surprise winner here.

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Simmons will win, hands down.  I also don’t see what the big deal is about Norton’s performance.  I felt he was just playing himself.

Best Supporting Actress

Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

Of course, I think the performance most deserving of this award is Corsica Wilson for THE LENGTHS, had that film been eligible for Academy consideration.  Of this group, I used to support Emma Stone, but lately I think Arquette has gotten the edge a bit more.  And Meryl Streep shouldn’t be here.

Best Director

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Once again, I lament the lack of women nominated.  I definitely support Inarritu, as BIRDMAN was a film where you truly felt the directing, plus it would be nice to have two Latino directors win back to back.  But I fear Linklater might take this because of his film’s gimmick.

Best Cinematography

IdaLukasz ZalRyszard Lenczewski

Once again, why are there no women here?  I think BIRDMAN will win this: you are very aware of the camerawork in that film.  But I may support UNBROKEN just out of love for Roger Deakins.

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

WhiplashDamien Chazelle

Maybe THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, as it’s the most traditional choice here?

Best Animated Feature Film

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Wow, the biggest surprise of this whole list is the snub for THE LEGO MOVIE.  In that case, I guess HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is the new frontrunner.

Best Production Design

Mr. TurnerSuzie DaviesCharlotte Watts

Interesting list.  I feel MALEFICENT should be here, as well as be the frontrunner.  Of this group, I predict INTERSTELLAR, due to its unique visuals.

Best Costume Design

Mr. TurnerJacqueline Durran

This usually goes to the period piece, so I’ll pick MR. TURNER, though I’d love it to go to MALEFICENT.

Best Original Song

SelmaCommonJohn Legend(Glory)

The Lego MovieShawn Patterson(Everything is Awesome)

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be MeGlen CampbellJulian Raymond

SELMA could grab its only award here, though THE LEGO MOVIE might make up for its snub with a win.

Best Visual Effects

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Whiplash 

It seems to be between BIRDMAN and BOYHOOD, and obviously you all know which one I prefer.  And so, in a strange year with not many frontrunners, I’m going to take a shot…and go with BIRDMAN!

 

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