Predictions for the Oscars – 2015

The Oscars are less than a month away, which means it is that time of the year when you will find yourself staring at the enormous list of rant videos that are cluttering your YouTube feed. The Academy will announce their nominations and winners, people will get mad, the Academy will get criticised, and then come next year we will eagerly anticipate it again. This year seems at a glance to be richer in its produce in comparison to the last, with possible nominations and credit-deserving pieces crowding up in particular, the ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Actor’ categories.

 At the start of the year, it might have been speculated that this would be the year a sci-fi epic gets a possible win, but atleast a nod from the Academy. But now that the year is done, the sheer number of pleasant surprises are staggering. From an existential critique on cinema to a slice of life as distant as can be from the cinematic, from astounding stereotype-bending Steve Carell to a couple of brilliant turns from Jake Gyllenhaal, from a perfect portrait of motherhood in Patricia Arquette to quite the opposite in Rosamund Pike, the surprises are endless. Seeming also to be a year of biopics, good and bad, the overarching story is that of scientific discovery and artistic creation.

LEGEND: The nominee which WILL get awarded is highlighted in RED and the one which SHOULD is in BLUE.

BEST PICTURE

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Birdman
Boyhood
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
Nightcrawler
Ida
Whiplash
Gone Girl

BEST DIRECTOR

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Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood (Should and Will)
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

BEST ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE

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Michael Keaton, Birdman
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Steve CarellFoxcatcher

BEST ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE

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Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Jennifer Aniston, Cake

BEST ACTOR IN  SUPPORTING ROLE

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Edward Norton, Birdman
J K Simmons, Whiplash (Should and Will)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

BEST ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE

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Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Emma Stone, Birdman
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (Should and Will)
Rene RussoNightcrawler

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Armando Bo, Birdman
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
RIchard Linklater, Boyhood
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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Gilian Flynn, Gone Girl
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Anthony McCarten, Theory of Everything
Dan Futterman, E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Mica Levi, Under the Skin
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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Interstellar
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
Ida
Nightcrawler

Well, we can speculate, but when it comes down to it, I already know the Academy will be a windfall of disappointment this time around too. But this isn’t a year I would hold it against them, for the extreme range and assortment of treasures that decorate 2014, making it a milestone in cinematic history. Enjoyment is always subjective, and there seems to be too much variety and choice for them to crown an undeserved one. At least, one can hope.

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