22 February 2015

Coming Back with Oscar Predictions

Okay, okay, okay, updating this blog has been a long time coming, but life gets crazy and things get lost in the shuffle...

Anyhow, I'm back to give my predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.  Last year I went into heavy detail about why I was picking this film or that film to win whatever categories, but I'd have to guess that most people just glossed over that part and jumped to the meat of the posts:  The predictions.  So this year, I'm just going to list my prediction and my pick, straight forward and simple.

Thus, without further ado...

Makeup & Hairstyling
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

PREDICTION:  The Grand Budapest Hotel
MY PICK:  Guardians of the Galaxy


Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

PREDICTION:  Interstellar
MY PICK:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Sound Editing
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

PREDICTION:  American Sniper
MY PICK:  Interstellar


Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

PREDICTION:  Whiplash
MY PICK:  Whiplash


Song
"Everything Is Awesome,"  The Lego Movie
"Glory," Selma
"Grateful," Beyond the Lights
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
"Lost Stars," Begin Again

PREDICTION:  "Glory," Selma
MY PICK:  "Everything Is Awesome," The Lego Movie


Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

PREDICTION:  The Theory of Everything
MY PICK:  The Theory of Everything


Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

PREDICTION:  The Grand Budapest Hotel
MY PICK:  The Grand Budapest Hotel


Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

PREDICTION:  The Grand Budapest Hotel
MY PICK:  Interstellar


Film Editing
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

PREDICTION:  Whiplash
MY PICK:  The Grand Budapest Hotel


Cinematography
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

PREDICTION:  Birdman
MY PICK:  Mr. Turner


Original Screenplay
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

PREDICTION:  Birdman
MY PICK:  The Grand Budapest Hotel


Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

PREDICTION:  The Imitation Game
MY PICK:  Gone Girl (Not nominated, but should've been...)


Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

PREDICTION:  J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
MY PICK:  Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher


Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

PREDICTION:  Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
MY PICK:  Abstain


Lead Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alive
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

PREDICTION:  Julianne Moore, Still Alice
MY PICK:   Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl


Lead Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

PREDICTION:  Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
MY PICK:  Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything


Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

PREDICTION:  Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
MY PICK:  Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel


Picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

PREDICTION:  Birdman
MY PICK:  The Grand Budapest Hotel


And now the predictions for quick summation:

PICTURE:  Birdman
DIRECTORAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
LEAD ACTOREddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
LEAD ACTRESSJulianne Moore, Still Alice
SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
SUPPORTING ACTORJ.K. Simmons, Whiplash
ADAPTED SCREENPLAYThe Imitation Game
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYBirdman
CINEMATOGRAPHYBirdman
FILM EDITINGWhiplash
PRODUCTION DESIGNThe Grand Budapest Hotel
COSTUME DESIGNThe Grand Budapest Hotel
SCORE:  The Theory of Everything
SONG"Glory," Selma
SOUND MIXINGWhiplash
SOUND EDITINGAmerican Sniper
VISUAL EFFECTSInterstellar
MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLINGThe Grand Budapest Hotel


So I have Birdman with 4 wins; The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash with 3 wins each; The Theory of Everything with 2 wins; and American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Selma, and Still Alice with 1 win apieceI doubt I'll get even get half of these correct, but what does that matter, really, in the long run?  The fun is always in dissecting the categories and weighing each film's merits.

I plan on posting my year-out predictions for the 88th Academy Awards later this week.  If you want a sneak peek at how terrible it's sure to be just check out what I did last year...

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