Sunday, February 15, 2015

Oscar Predictions 2015

For the 87th Awards airing Sunday night 2/22

For categories of personal interest……
Best Picture:
·         Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
·         Boyhood – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
·         The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes AndersonScott RudinSteven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
·         The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
·         Selma – Christian ColsonOprah WinfreyDede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
·         The Theory of Everything – Tim BevanEric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
·         Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Who  Will Win: It’s a tough race as always, but I really think that because of their other wins it’s a tie between Boyhood and The Grand Budapest. Though American Sniper being the dark horse wouldn’t surprise me.
Who Should Win: Out of these films I enjoyed Birman the most so I would have to go with that though I enjoyed the rest that any would be fine.
Best Director
·         Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
·         Richard Linklater – Boyhood
·         Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
·         Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Who Will Win: It’s honestly likely Anderson or Linklater because of their film’s chances
Who Should Win:  Inarritu of course as his job was the most unique out of these

Best Actor
·         Steve Carell – Foxcatcher as John Eleuthère du Pont
·         Bradley Cooper – American Sniper as Chris Kyle
·         Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
·         Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Riggan Thomson / Birdman

Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne has this on a lock, though Cooper could be a upset and I think Keaton’s a near contender
Who Should Win: Michael Keaton, he was amazing in Birdman!!!
Best Actress
·         Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
·         Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
·         Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
·         Reese Witherspoon – Wild as Cheryl Strayed

Who Will Win:  Julianne Moore if other shows are a indication
Who Should Win: Rosamund Pike since she was a brilliant surprise
Best Supporting Actor
·         Robert Duvall – The Judge as Judge Joseph Palmer
·         Ethan Hawke – Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
·         Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Mike Shiner
·         Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
·         J. K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher

Who Will Win:  JK Simmons, I got a good feel about it
Who Should Win: JK Simmons, the man didn’t rush or drag he was on tempo

Best Supporting Actress
·         Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
·         Laura Dern – Wild as Barbara "Bobbi" Grey
·         Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
·         Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Sam Thomson
·         Meryl Streep – Into the Woods as The Witch

Who Will Win: Patricia Arquette, she’s on a roll. Could see Emma Stone or Meryl  Streep as well.
Who Should Win: You know what, Meryl Streep. That my vote, I loved into the woods

Best Animated Film
·         Big Hero 6 – Don HallChris Williams and Roy Conli
·         The Boxtrolls – Anthony StacchiGraham Annable and Travis Knight
·         How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
·         Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young
·         The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Who Will Win: I would say it’s a tie up between the big two of Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Who Should Win: Because it’s the wild card, I’m going to have to lean towards the Ghibli film of Kaguya. Big Hero 6 I loved as well…
Best Original Score
·         The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
·         Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
·         Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
·         The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhanns
Who Will Win: Probably something like the Grand Budapest Hotel or The Theory of Everything when considering past trends.
Who Should Win: Interstellar, because it was one of the best aspects of that film
Best Visual Effects
·         Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
·         Interstellar – Paul FranklinAndrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
·         X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
Who Will Win: This is a very hard one since I love all these films… my kind of movies! I would have to say a academy favorite is either Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for its apes or Interstellar for its space
Who Should Win:  It’s a tie to me between Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy. They each brought their own different but equally great vision of space…
            So that’s all folks for now. Some tough races in categories I haven’t listed, we’ll see what happens. It’s a solid lineup overall….

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