Oscar Predictions: December Update

Here we go. The SAG and the Golden Globe nominations are coming up soon, so it’s time to make one last blind stab.

BEST PICTURE

Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory Of Everything
Selma
Unbroken
Whiplash

Replaced Foxcatcher & Into The Woods with Selma and Whiplash. I need to sacrifice what I want to be nominated with what has the better chance of being nominated. For the longest time, I underestimated Selma. (A Martin Luther King biopic? Come on, the Oscars are too smart to fall for such obvious bait.) But apparently, the film might actually be good. Which makes quite a difference.

BEST DIRECTOR

Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Replaced Nolan with DuVernay. Evidently Nolan’s film isn’t loved by EVERYBODY, which means that Nolan will once likely be snubbed.

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Replaced Murray with Oyelowo. Man, what a tight category.

BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

No changes made. If the precursors are any indication, Moore has this in the bag.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons, Whiplash
Christolph Waltz, Big Eyes

Replaced Miyavi with Hawke. J.K. Simmons is becoming more of a frontrunner every day.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Replaced Chastain with… herself, but for A Most Violent Year. I have no problem with Arquette winning this award.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
Whiplash

Replaced with Foxcatcher with Whiplash. Intense year for this category.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything
Still Alice
Unbroken

No changes made. This might be a good way to reward Gone Girl.

BEST FILM EDITING

Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Whiplash

Replaced Foxcatcher with Birdman.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
Selma
Unbroken

Replaced Gone Girl and Inherent Vice with Mr. Turner and Selma

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Interstellar

No changes made. I wish… that Into The Woods turns out to be good!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Unbroken

Replaced Selma with The Grand Budapest Hotel. Another easy win for Into The Woods.

BEST MAKEUP

Foxcatcher
Into The Woods
Snowpiercer

Replaced Guardians Of The Galaxy with Snowpiercer. Come on, it’s a criticality acclaimed movie and this is the perfect category for it to get some love.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Godzilla
Gaurdians Of The Galaxy
The Hobbit: There And Back Again
Interstellar

Replaced Into The Woods with Godzilla.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Big Eyes
Birdman
Interstellar
The Theory Of Everything
Unbroken

Replaced Foxcatcher with Birdman.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Everything Is Awesome”, The Lego Movie
“Glory”, Selma
“Immortals”, Big Hero 6
“Lost Stars”, Begin Again
“Miracles”, Unbroken

Replaced “America For Me”, “A Step You Can’t Take Back” and “Something So Right” with “Glory”, “Immortals” and “Miracles”. Big year for one-word songs, huh?

BEST SOUND EDITING

Fury
The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies
Interstellar
Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Unbroken

Replaced Guardians with Hobbit.

BEST SOUND MIXING

Fury
Interstellar
Into The Woods
Unbroken
Whiplash

Replaced Gone Girl with Whiplash

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Princess Kaguya

Replaced Song Of The Sea with Dragon 2. The good news is, while Dragon 2 has been getting a ton of guild mentions in Animated Feature, it hasn’t gotten anything outside of that category. Lego Movie, on the other hand, has quite a few mentions in Song, Screenplay, and Picture.

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