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2015 Academy Award Nominations: Predictions and Snubs

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The Academy Award nominations have been announced this morning with The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman leading with 9 nominations including Best Picture. Despite several snubs (I’m glad Unbroken got snubbed for Best Picture because it wasn’t a very good movie), I’m quite satisfied with these nominations. I’m going to give my predictions on what nominees should win and will win in this year’s Oscars. Even though I haven’t seen all of the movies that are nominated this year, I’ll still put them in my predictions because I have been hearing great things about it. Here we go:

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

Will Win: Boyhood
Should Win: Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game
Biggest Snubs: Big Eyes, Foxcatcher, Fury, Gone Girl, Into the Woods, Nightcrawler, Wild

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

Will Win: Eddie Redmayne
Should Win: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton (given that he won a Golden Globe), Bradley Cooper
Biggest Snubs: Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, Ben Affleck for Gone Girl, Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood, Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher, Brad Pitt for Fury, David Oyelowo for Selma, Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes, Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar

Best Actress:
Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon for Wild
Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night

Will Win: Rosamund Pike
Should Win: Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon
Biggest Snub: Amy Adams for Big Eyes, Helen Mirren for The Hundred-Foot Journey, Sienna Miller for American Sniper

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

Will Win: Ethan Hawke
Should Win: J.K. Simmons (given that he won a Golden Globe)
Biggest Snubs: Logan Lerman for Fury, Andy Serkis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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

Will Win: Patricia Arquette
Should Win: Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep
Biggest Snub: Jessica Chastain for Interstellar

Best Director:
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Will Win: Richard Linklater
Should Win: Wes Anderson, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
Biggest Snubs: David Fincher for Gone Girl, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Christopher Nolan for Interstellar, Lasse Hallstrom for The Hundred-Foot Journey, Rob Marshall for Into the Woods, Tin Burton for Big Eyes, Jean-Marc Vallée for Wild

Best Adapted Screenplay:
American Sniper
Inherent Vice
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Will Win: American Sniper
Should Win: The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything
Biggest Snubs: Gone Girl, Into the Woods

Best Original Screenplay:
Boyhood
Birdman
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Will Win: Boyhood
Should Win: Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Biggest Snub: Fury

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

Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Should Win: Big Hero 6
Biggest Snub (the biggest of all): The LEGO Movie

Best Foreign Film:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Will Win: Leviathan (given that it won the Golden Globe)
Should Win: Leviathan
Biggest Snub: Winter Sleep (Turkey)

Best Cinematography:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner
Unbroken
Ida

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should Win: Birdman
Biggest Snubs: Big Eyes, Calvary, The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Interstellar

Best Film Editing:
American SniperBoyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Will Win: Boyhood
Should Win: Boyhood
Biggest Snubs: Birdman, Interstellar

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

Will Win: Interstellar
Should Win: The Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation Game, Into the Woods
Biggest Snub: How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should Win: Into the Woods
Biggest Snubs: Belle, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Best Makeup:
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Biggest Snub: Into the Woods

Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon for Mr. Turner

Will Win: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should Win: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Biggest Snub: Alexandre Desplat for Godzilla, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl

Best Original Song:
“Everything is Awesome!” from The LEGO Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Will Win: “Everything is Awesome!” from The LEGO Movie
Should Win: “Everything is Awesome!” from The LEGO Movie
Biggest Snub: “The Last Goodbye” from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, “Big Eyes” from Big Eyes

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Will Win: Interstellar
Should Win: American Sniper
Biggest Snub: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, Snowpiercer

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

Will Win: Interstellar
Should Win: American Sniper
Biggest Snubs: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Snowpiercer

Best Visual Effects:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Will Win: Interstellar
Should Win: Interstellar
Biggest Snubs: Snowpiercer

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

Best Live Action Short Film:
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call
Best Documentary Feature:
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Best Documentary Short Film:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

I know I haven’t done my predictions for Best Short Film and Best Documentary. I don’t really care who wins those categories. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed my predictions and snubs for this year’s Oscars. Leave a comment below on what your predictions and opinions are. Tune in on February 22 as Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Oscars. Take care.

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4 thoughts on “2015 Academy Award Nominations: Predictions and Snubs

  1. Sadly, Andy Serkis cannot be nominated for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, because to be nominated for a ‘best’, you must visually be in the film. Even though he gave one of the best performances of the year, he isn’t ‘qualified’.

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