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A February Oscar Prediction Update

80th Annual Academy Awards - "Parade of the Oscars"
With voting for the Academy Awards getting underway today as well as just over two weeks to go before the actual Oscar telecast, what better time than now for some updated predictions, right? It’s pretty serious crunch time here, so aside from tomorrow’s Director’s Guild of America announcement, there really won’t be much new information to go on, unless the Writers Guild of America winds up doing something unusual. Basically, we’re right where we were last week, which will be reflected in my predictions. The changes are small, but some of them are rather meaningful, I can assure you of that much.

As you can see, aside from Best Picture, only in a few of the technical categories have I switched out for new winners, but in more than half of the categories overall I’ve tinkered with the placement of the nominees. That’s just the nature of the beast at this point. Aside from the aforementioned DGA and WGA winners still to be announced, we’re working off of the same information as previously when trying to figure out what’s going on in a voter’s head. It’s clearly an imperfect science, so while I’m obviously going back and forth between Birdman and Boyhood for the top prizes (today’s thought process is just to avoid a Best Picture/Best Director split for the time being), it’s just going to come down to what an Academy member is thinking/feeling over the next week or so. Trust me, I wish it was a more complicated process than that, but this is just how it is. Oscar voters will have their say soon enough, so it’s pretty much a waiting game now. Luckily, it won’t be a long wait…

Here now are my up to date Academy Award predictions:

BEST PICTURE

1. Boyhood
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. The Imitation Game
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. American Sniper
6. The Theory of Everything
7. Whiplash
8. Selma

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
4. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

BEST ACTOR

1. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
2. Michael Keaton – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
4. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
5. Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

BEST ACTRESS

1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
2. Reese Witherspoon – Wild
3. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
4. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
5. Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
2. Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
3. Edward Norton – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
4. Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
5. Robert Duvall – The Judge

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
2. Emma Stone – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
4. Laura Dern – Wild
5. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Boyhood
4. Foxcatcher
5. Nightcrawler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. The Imitation Game
2. Whiplash
3. American Sniper
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Inherent Vice

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

1. How to Train Your Dragon 2
2. Big Hero 6
3. The Boxtrolls
4. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
5. Song of the Sea

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Into the Woods
3. Interstellar
4. Mr. Turner
5. The Imitation Game

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Unbroken
4. Mr. Turner
5. Ida

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Into the Woods
3. Mr. Turner
4. Maleficent
5. Inherent Vice

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Boyhood
2. Whiplash
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. American Sniper
5. The Imitation Game

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Foxcatcher
3. Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. American Sniper
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Whiplash
4. Interstellar
5. Unbroken

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. American Sniper
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Interstellar
4. Unbroken
5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
2. Interstellar
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. The Theory of Everything
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Interstellar
4. The Imitation Game
5. Mr. Turner

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Selma – Glory
2. Begin Again – Lost Stars
3. The Lego Movie – Everything Is Awesome
4. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – I’m Not Gonna Miss You
5. Beyond the Lights – Grateful

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Citizenfour
2. Last Days in Vietnam
3. Virunga
4. Finding Vivian Maier
5. The Salt of the Earth

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Ida
2. Leviathan
3. Wild Tales
4. Timbuktu
5. Tangerines

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

1. Feast
2. The Dam Keeper
3. The Bigger Picture
4. Me and My Moulton
5. A Single Life

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
2. Joanna
3. Our Curse
4. White Earth
5. The Reaper

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

1. The Phone Call
2. Boogaloo and Graham
3. Aya
4. Parvaneh
5. Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)

Stay tuned for another update to my Oscar predictions next week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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