‘Tis the Season: “Oscar Nominations Predictions”

2015/01/img_0411.jpgThe time has come, at long last! for the last, of the major awards during awards season. Actually, it’s just the nominations, which are tomorrow morning (early), so now is as good a time as ever, to throw out what I suspect will be nominated for an Academy Award.

The Academy Awards, also known as Oscars, are handed out by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), are the highest honor when it comes to film. It’s practically a circus, but still a fun one either way. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to be correct in my guesses, and subsequent winners, but that has more to do with predictability than anything else.

I should say now too, that a few of my predictions include a choice just purely to, well, actually, have a choice. I’m pretty much certain they won’t get nominated, but you never know.

Also, one key:

+ equals I couldn’t think of a choice, so I went with a standard choice based on what critics are saying. It’s practically a consensus.

So, without further ado, my predictions for the 2015 Academy Awards!

Best Picture

“Boyhood”
“Birdman”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Gone Girl”
“Whiplash”
“American Sniper”
“Selma”
“Unbroken” (If voters surprise us with a 10th nomination)

Best Actress

Julianne Moore- “Still Alice”
Felicity Jones- “The Theory of Everything”
Reese Witherspoon- “Wild”
Rosamund Pike- “Gone Girl”
Amy Adams- “Big Eyes” (Just because I’m not on the Jennifer Aniston bandwagon)

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne- “The Theory of Everything”
Michael Keaton- “Birdman”
Benedict Cumberbatch- “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal- “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo- “Selma”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette- “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley- “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone- “Birdman”
Meryl Streep- “Into the Woods”
Jessica Chastain- “A Most Violent Year” (What? How could I not?)

Best Supporting Actor

Ethan Hawke- “Boyhood”
J.K. Simmons- “Whiplash”
Edward Norton- “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo- “Foxcatcher”
+Robert Duvall- “The Judge” (Depending on how the Academy sees the rules, Steve Carell for “Foxcatcher”, could wind up here.)

Best Director

Richard Linklater- “Boyhood”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu- “Birdman”
David Fincher- “Gone Girl”
Morten Tyldum- “The Imitation Game”
Ava DuVernay- “Selma” (Although this could go to anyone else, easily).

Best Original Screenplay

“Boyhood”- Richard Linklater
“Birdman”- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexandere Dinlaris, and Armando Bo
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”- Hugo Guinness and Wes Anderson
“Nightcrawler”- Dan Gilroy (only because “Whiplash” doesn’t qualify here)
+ “Selma”- Paul Webb

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Imitation Game”- Graham Moore
“Gone Girl”- Gillian Flynn
“The Theory of Everything”- Anthony McCarten
“Wild”- Nick Hornby
+ “Whiplash”- Damien Chazelle

Best Animated Feature

“The Lego Movie”
“Big Hero 6”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Boxtrolls”
“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”

Best Production Design

+ “Into the Woods”- Dennis Gassner
+ “The Grand Budapest Hotel”- Adam Stockhausen
+ “Interstellar”- Nathan Crowley
+ “Birdman” Kevin Thompson
+ “The Imitation Game”- Maria Djurkovic

Best Cinematography

“Birdman”- Emmanuel Lubezki
“Unbroken”- Roger Deakins
“A Most Violent Year”- Bradford Young
“Interstellar”- Hoyte Van Hoytema
“Gone Girl”- Jeff Cronenweth

Best Costume Design

“Into the Woods”- Colleen Atwood
+ “Maleficent”- Anna B. Sheppard
+ “The Grand Budapest Hotel”- Milena Canonero
“Belle”- Anushia Nieradzik
+ “The Imitation Game”- Sammy Sheldon

Best Film Editing

+ “Boyhood”
+ “Birdman”
+ “Whiplash”
+ “Gone Girl”
+ “Interstellar”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

+ “Foxcatcher”
+ “Guardians of the Galaxy”
+ “Maleficent”

Best Original Score

“The Imitation Game”- Alexandre Desplat
“Unbroken”- Alexandre Desplat
“Gone Girl”- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Interstellar”- Hans Zimmer
“The Theory of Everything”- Johann Johannsson

Best Original Song

“Glory”- (Selma)
“Lost Stars”- (Begin Again)
“Everything is Awesome”- (The Lego Movie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat”- (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I)
“Miracle”- (Unbroken)

Best Foreign Language Film

“Ida” (Poland)
“Force Majeure” (Sweden)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
+ “Wild Tales” (Argentina)
+ “Timbuktu” (Mauritiana)

Best Documentary Feature

+ “Citizenfour”
+ “Life Itself”
+ “Last Days in Vietnam”
+ “The Case Against 8”
+ “Virunga”

Best Sound Mixing

+ “Interstellar”
+ “Into the Woods”
+ “Unbroken”
+ “Whiplash”
+ “Fury”

Best Sound Editing

+ “Interstellar”
+ “Unbroken”
+ “Fury”
+ “Guardians of the Galaxy”
+ “Whiplahs”

Best Visual Effects

+ “Interstellar”
+ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
+ “Guardians of the Galaxy”
+ “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
+ “Godzilla”

Best Animated Short

+ “Feast”
+ “Duet”
+ “The Bigger Picture”
+ “Coda”
+ “Symphony No. 42”

Best Documentary Short

+ “The Lion’s Mouth Opens”
+ “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press I”
+ “Joanna”
+ “One Child”
+ “Our Curse”

Best Live Action Short

+ “Carry On”
+ “The Phone Call”
+ “Boogaloo and Graham”
+ “Aya”
+ “Baghdad Messi”

Well, there ya have it! My predictions for tomorrow morning Oscar nominations! The only question, other than who will be nominated? is will I be awake for them? I’ve been awake in the past for other nomination unveilings, but it’s a tough thing to pull off. If not, I’ll still learn and either be excited or disappointed. Either way, there will be another piece sometime tomorrow about them, so stay tuned!

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