Last-Minute 2015 Oscar Predictions

Posted: February 22, 2015 in Film
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I almost forgot that I scrambled together a last-minute list of Oscar predictions last year. Out of the most significant categories, I ended up with an oversized 7-11 slushie. As with last year, these predictions aren’t necessarily who I think deserves the award, but who I think will win the award. I’m already preparing myself for the onslaught of underserved praise heaped onto Boyhood while Whiplash (the best movie of 2014) goes unrecognized except for J.K. Simmons’ shining achievement as Best Supporting Actor.

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

And the winner is…Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo

Last Year’s Prediction: Her – Spike Jonze
Last Year’s Winner: Her – Spike Jonze

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper – Jason Hall
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

And the winner is…Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Last Year’s Prediction: 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley
Last Year’s Winner: 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley

Best Foreign Feature

Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

And the winner is…Ida (Poland)

Last Year’s Prediction: The Hunt (Denmark)
Last Year’s Winner: The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Cinematography

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

And the winner is… Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

Last Year’s Prediction: Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
Last Year’s Winner: Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Editing

American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Whiplash – Tom Cross

And the winner is… Boyhood – Sandra Adair

Last Year’s Prediction: American Hustle – Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Last Year’s Winner: Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger

Best Actor

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

And the winner is… Michael Keaton – Birdman

Last Year’s Prediction: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Last Year’s Winner: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress

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

And the winner is… Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Last Year’s Prediction: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Last Year’s Winner: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor

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

And the winner is… J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Last Year’s Prediction: Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Last Year’s Winner: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

And the winner is… Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Last Year’s Prediction: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Last Year’s Winner: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Best Director

Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum

And the winner is… Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Last Year’s Prediction: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Last Year’s Winner: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman: 4.5-star review
Boyhood: 1.5-star review
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game: 3-star review
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash: 5-star review

And the winner is…Birdman

Last Years’ Prediction: 12 Years a Slave
Last Years’ Winner: 12 Years a Slave

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