2015 Oscar Nominations and Predictions

Best Picture is an even race between “Birdman” and “Boyhood.”  I think “Birdman” is the better picture, but the anti-Hollywood tone might alienate the academy,”Boyhood” has the more teen appeal, as “Birdman: plays upon the sentimentality of older folks who remember Keaton’s “Batman” and the brilliant but derailed career of Edward Norton.  So I wil go with “Boyhood,” but will  be disappointed if it wins.

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

A Hollywood director hasn’t taken this award since 2010, so Richard Linklater, to my dismay, looks to be a winner.  Even if “Birdman” takes the top awardired, it is unlikely that a Mexican will win the directing honor two years in a row. The directors who most impressed me this year are not even in the running.

Best Director
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Julianne Moore deserves this, and will probably win, but it would not surprise me if the underserving Rosamund Pike wins for what is perhaps the worst portrayal in cinema history of a femme fatale.

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”

Good performances by all,with the exception of Eddie Redmayne,   but Michael Keaton should win. I liked Bradley Cooper better, but if “Birdman” loses out to “Boyhood,” it is likely to be compensated with recognition for its outstanding performances.

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

Patricia Arquette was the only thing I liked in “Boyhood,” so I hope she wins, and  believe she will.

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

I will be surprised if Edward Norton doesn’t take this one.

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

Dispite its revisionist history, “The Imitation Game” should win on account of how well the actors speak its well-written dialog. “Inherent Vice” suffers from the nessiest, most badly written script of the year.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Another neck in neck race between “Birdman” and “Boyhood”.  and that would be the infantile “Boyhood.”   Since Hollywood is a writer’s hell, the lesser script should win, and that would be “Boyhood.”  The script for “Birdman” was brilliant.

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

I have only seen “Ida” and thought it mediocre.  My favorite foreign films, “Dance of Reality”  and “Clouds of Sils Maria”  were not nominated.

Best Foreign Language 

“Leviathan”
“Ida”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

Haven’t seen any of these

Best Documentary Feature
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt in the Earth”
“Virunga”

It will be a crime, but “Big Hero 6” will defeat the transcendant swan song from Ghilbi,  “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

“American Sniper” was the best edited of the nominees, but it could go to to beef up “Boyhood’s”  total of awards, or to any other nominee as a consolation prize.

Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game

“Whiplash”

“Glory” was the best song, but the award usually goes to a cartoon, so I’ll go with “Everything is Awesome.”

Best Song

“Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” (written by Shawn Patterson)
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)
Grateful
I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

I dont remember any of the music from any of these pictures.

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

It will be a crime not to award this to “Mr. Turner,”   but it will probably go to “Birdman” to beef up is total, despite my opinion that the cinematography was that picture’s biggest weakness.

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

As for the rest of these stocking stuffers, I dont care and have no opinion.

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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

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

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

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects
Captain America:
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

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One thought on “2015 Oscar Nominations and Predictions

  1. I also watched and enjoyed Budapest more than once, but dont think it is oscs\ar calibre this was really one of the best years for movies in some time. in thce e two weeks since making up my ten best list, i saw at least another five that were just as good.

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