Saturday, February 21, 2015

2015 Oscar Predictions

Here is your best bet at winning your Oscar poll tomorrow. Don't hate me if a few upsets happen...I'm rooting for a few! Also, I've included my colorfully coded ballot below.

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

    Should win: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

    Should win: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
    Should win:  Tom Cross, Whiplash
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
    I hope this year's cinematography race reveals the many choices a DP makes and how much a film relies on the framing of shots. Lubiezki's fluid, seemingly single take shows that the camera's movement is just as important as what is being shot by the camera, as in Dick Pope's just as worthy and breathtaking Mr. Turner.
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

    Still rooting for Xavier Dolan's Mommy to be a write-in. This deep, witty, and well-constructed film cements Dolan in my Top 5 directors of all time and should be viewed by all.
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Should win: Big Hero 6
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

   The race is determined by: Tilda Swinton's transformation, Steve Carrell's nose, or Zoe Saldana's green skin.
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Should win: Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Sound Mixing: American Sniper
Best Sound Editing: Birdman
Best Original Score: Johann Johannson, The Theory of Everything

    Should win: Hans Zimmer, Interstellar OR The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song: "Glory," Selma (but only for John Legend. Common's rap verses are comparable to Pitbull's in "Timber.")

    Runner Up: "Everything Is Awesome," The Lego Movie (because it deserves a win somewhere and this song is infectious)
Best Live-Action Short: The Phone Call
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Next up: Ranking all the 2015 feature film Oscar nominations (except 3)

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