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.




Best Picture

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.

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Performance by an actor in a leading role

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

Adapted screenplay

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

Original screenplay

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


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