Projection: Oscar — Oscar Predictions – 1/16/2015



Here goes nothing…first blush winner predictions. Although based on the trajection of the season thus far, I can speak with a significant amount of certainty that at least a handful of these predictions will pan out come February 22 (I know…famous last words, right?)

Best Picture

  1. Boyhood
  2. Birdman
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Selma
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. American Sniper
  7. Whiplash
  8. The Theory of Everything

Best Director

  1. Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
  3. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
  5. Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Actress

  1. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  2. Reese Witherspoon, Wild
  3. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  4. Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  5. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Best Actor

  1. Michael Keaton, Birdman
  2. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  4. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  5. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  2. Emma Stone, Birdman
  3. Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  4. Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
  5. Laura Dern, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
  2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  3. Edward Norton, Birdman
  4. Robert Duvall, The Judge
  5. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Original Screenplay

  1. Birdman – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  3. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  4. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  5. Foxcatcher — E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  2. The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
  3. The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
  4. American Sniper – Jason Hall
  5. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Film Editing

  1. Whiplash
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. American Sniper

Best Cinematography

  1. Birdman
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Mr. Turner
  4. Ida
  5. Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Leviathan
  2. Ida
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Tangerines
  5. Wild Tales

Best Animated Feature

  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2
  2. The Boxtrolls
  3. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  4. Song of the Sea
  5. Big Hero 6

Best Documentary Feature

  2. Finding Vivian Maier
  3. Last Days in Vietnam
  4. Virunga
  5. The Salt of the Earth

Best Visual Effects

  1. Interstellar
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Costume Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. Into the Woods
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Inherent Vice

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Foxcatcher
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

  1. Interstellar
  2. The Theory of Everything
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Mr. Turner

Best Original Song

  1. “Glory” from Selma
  2. “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie
  3. “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
  4. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  5. “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

Best Production Design

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. Interstellar
  4. Into the Woods
  5. The Imitation Game

Best Sound Editing

  1. Birdman
  2. Interstellar
  3. Unbroken
  4. American Sniper
  5. The Imitation Game

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Whiplash
  2. Birdman
  3. Interstellar
  4. Unbroken
  5. American Sniper

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I married into the cult of cinema at a very young age - I wasn't of legal marriage age, but I didn't care. It has taken advantage of me and abused me many times. Yet I stay in this marriage because I'm obsessed and consumed. Don't try to save me -- I'm too far gone.