Oscars Oscars Oscars – the commercial cinematic awards night Hollywood tells us is the epitome of movie awards in the world – it is the most marketed awards and the one that has been celebrated for about 85yrs now. It is as easy to predict as The Melbourne Cup horserace and is as corrupt as the Australian Government. The campaigns that movies push to get their films across the line are phenomenal and the anti campaigns against other films are just as strong. Hell, the campaign pretty much being pushed by INDIEWIRE in the last month has been so anti BOYHOOD it is amazing and disappointing. But each to their own – my Oscar predictions are half predictions and half hopes for the films I believe deserve to win. The movies in BOLD are my pick. Best of luck to one and all who are nominated. Sorry for the mostly ignored films SELMA, THE LEGO MOVIE and INTERSTELLAR.
I truly think BOYHOOD deserves this one – they are all amazing – the only one I would remove is AMERICAN SNIPER – it is a good movie but it does not deserve BEST PICTURE. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a film style the Academy loves as is SELMA (although why acting was ignored for this film is mind boggling). There has been a lot of love for BIRDMAN but personally I think it is too alternate for the Academy. If THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL or BOYHOOD win I would see this as more of a career win for the directors for their contributions, although both deserving. WHIPLASH is all about J.K. Simmons – I can’t see it winning BEST PICTURE.
Up until I saw EDDIE REDMAYNE in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING I assumed MICHAEL KEATON had it in the bag, but REDMAYNE’S performance is phenomenal.
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
EDWARD NORTON is amazing but J.K. SIMMONS is out of the park brilliant – this one is basically no competition.
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Every other awards points towards JULIANNE MOORE, MARRION COTTILARD could nab the award but that wouldn’t be very “Academy.” Moore is a sublime actress that is loved by all.
Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Like JULIANNE MOORE all other awards point to PATRICIA MARQUETTE and she is easily my choice with EMMA STONE my second choice.
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods
Best animated feature film of the year
This award should be going to THE LEGO MOVIE but as it wasn’t nominated I am going with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – my favourite animated franchise of all time. I would be very happy if BIG HERO 6 won this also, it is a beautiful movie and HERO and BAYMAX are a great duo, but they are not TOOTHLESS and HICCUP who win on chemistry and awesomeness.
Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore and Paul Young The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in cinematography
BIRDMAN or BUDAPEST, BIRDMAN will win based purely on the trickiness of making it look like one shot although BUDAPEST is much more clever in its entirety.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Emmanuel Lubezki The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman Ida, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski Mr. Turner, Dick Pope Unbroken, Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
All pretty standard movies for costume, if MALEFICENT wins I may vomit – not a fan of that movie. TURNER, WOODS and VICE all have great costumes but BUDAPEST is incredibly artistic as a whole and I believe it may sweep a lot of the technical and art awards.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in directing
For me this is out of BOYHOOD or THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, both career directors who deserve an award. Would be happy with either – personal choice is BOYHOOD if people can look past voting for just the 12yr thing, for me it was much much more. BIRDMAN has a good chance if it clean sweeps and THE IMITATION GAME would be a very dark horse to take this one out – can’t see FOXCATCHER having a chance here.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro G. Inarritu Boyhood, Richard Linklater Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum
Best documentary feature
This is purely a guess based on the marketing and reviews for these movies.
CitizenFour, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky Finding Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Last Days in Vietnam, Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier Virunga, Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Best documentary short subject
This is purely a guess based on the marketing and reviews for these movies plus the title is very Academy :).
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry Joanna, Aneta Kopacz Our Curse, Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki The Reaper (La Parka), Gabriel Serra Arguello White Earth, J. Christian Jensen
Achievement in film editing
I think this one is pretty obvious.
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
Best foreign language film of the year
This is based on Kernel Andrew’s review – he worshipped this movie. It is also possible LEVIATHAN will come through – so much buzz around it.
Ida, Poland Leviathan, Russia Tangerines, Estonia Timbuktu, Mauritania Wild Tales, Argentina
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Can’t see anything but BUDAPEST for this – what is FOXCATCHER but a nose for make-up and Zoe Seldana is nicely green in GUARDIANS but the makeup stands out in BUDAPEST – just look at my Tilda!!
Foxcatcher, Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier Guardians of the Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
All superb – for me though the music in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING changed me. I would also love to see ZIMMER win this for INTERSTELLAR, that music is brilliant but the Academy is not a fan if INTERSTELLAR.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat Interstellar, Hans Zimmer Mr. Turner, Gary Yershon The Theory of Everything, Johann Johannsson
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
Purely a wish to see this win so THE LEGO MOVIE can win an Oscar :).
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Achievement in production design
In my opinion no competition.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock The Imitation Game, Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald Interstellar, Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis Into the Woods, Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock Mr. Turner, Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts
Best animated short film
Purely a guess – like the title.
The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed Me and My Moulton, Torill Kove A Single Life, Joris Oprins
Best live action short film
Purely a guess, like the title.
Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Hu Wei and Julien Feret Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Achievement in sound editing
BIRDMAN or INTERSTELLAR – the best thing about INTERSTELLAR is the sound but everyone is currently on the BIRDMAN train.
American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Martin Hernandez and Aaron Glascock The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas Interstellar, Richard King Unbroken, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
Achievement in sound mixing
See comment for sound editing.
American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and Thomas Varga Interstellar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten Unbroken, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and David Lee Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Achievement in visual effects
INTERSTELLAR or DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES will take this one out – I want INTERSTELLAR but it is copping a lot of negative.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher X-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
WHIPLASH or THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING are my picks – I think WHIPLASH was a better adaption and movie. Anything could take this out except INHERENT VICE.
American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore Inherent Vice, Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson The Theory of Everything, screenplay by Anthony McCarten Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle
As a screenplay easily THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. I found BOYHOOD more organic and it evolved annually sop I do not think it was ever planned as a screenplay but more as an observation that was altered every year. BIRDMAN maybe.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy