Final Oscar Predictions

80th Annual Academy Awards - "Parade of the Oscars"
It’s all come down to this, ladies and gentlemen. All of my analysis and hypotheticals, my opinion pieces and shots in the dark, they’re all just dust in the wind now. Yes, tomorrow morning the Academy will finally unveil their Oscar nominations. I’ve been trying to accurately predict these nominations for almost a full year now, so one would think it should be a piece of cake, right? Alas, this season has been as hard to read in certain categories as ever, so the Academy Award nomination announcement has as much suspense as ever, going into the big event in the morning. That being said, I’ve settled on my final picks, which you can see below.

There’s a couple of things that I’ll say before the predictions. One is that I stuck with ten nominees in Best Picture, knowing full well that there’s probably only going to be nine. Why? Well, it seems like there’s 11 films in contention, so that allowed me to hedge my bets, if you will. Also, you’ll see that I’ve back away from a few contenders here and there (like Interstellar), while going almost all in on a couple of others (like American Sniper and Nightcrawler). One other note is that I’m just including one next in line pick, just to let you know what was close in my head. In any event, it’s all just foreplay. The real fun is still to come in the morning…

Here it is, the moment of truth. My final Academy Award predictions:

BEST PICTURE

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Foxcatcher

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Ava DuVernay – Selma
4. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
5. Clint Eastwood – American Sniper

Next in line/just missed the cut: Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ACTOR

1. Michael Keaton – Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
3. Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
4. David Oyelowo – Selma
5. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Next in line/just missed the cut: Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

BEST ACTRESS

1. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
2. Jennifer Aniston – Cake
3. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
4. Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
5. Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Next in line/just missed the cut: Amy Adams – Big Eyes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Foxcatcher

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. Gone Girl
2. The Imitation Game
3. The Theory of Everything
4. Whiplash
5. American Sniper

Next in line/just missed the cut: Inherent Vice

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Song of the Sea

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Big Eyes

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
2. Unbroken
3. Mr. Turner
4. The Imitation Game
5. Interstellar

Next in line/just missed the cut: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

Next in line/just missed the cut: Unbroken

BEST FILM EDITING

1. Boyhood
2. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
3. Gone Girl
4. The Imitation Game
5. Whiplash

Next in line/just missed the cut: Interstellar

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

1. The Theory of Everything
2. Foxcatcher
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Next in line/just missed the cut: Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST SOUND MIXING

1. Into the Woods
2. American Sniper
3. Godzilla
4. Fury
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction

Next in line/just missed the cut: Interstellar

BEST SOUND EDITING

1. Into the Woods
2. American Sniper
3. Interstellar
4. Fury
5. Unbroken

Next in line/just missed the cut: Godzilla

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1. Interstellar
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3. Godzilla
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
5. Guardians of the Galaxy

Next in line/just missed the cut: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1. Interstellar
2. The Theory of Everything
3. The Imitation Game
4. Gone Girl
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2

Next in line/just missed the cut: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

1. Begin Again – Lost Stars
2. Selma – Glory
3. Noah – Mercy Me
4. The Lego Movie – Everything Is Awesome
5. Boyhood – Split the Difference

Next in line/just missed the cut: A Most Violent Year – America for Me

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1. Citizenfour
2. Life Itself
3. The Overnighters
4. Keep On Keepin’ On
5. Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Next in line/just missed the cut: Virunga

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

1. Ida
2. Force Majeure
3. Wild Tales
4. Leviathan
5. Timbuktu

Next in line/just missed the cut: Corn Island

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

1. Feast
2. The Dam Keeper
3. Symphony No. 42
4. Footprints
5. Duets

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1. One Child
2. The Reaper
3. Joanna
4. White Earth
5. Our Curse

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

1. The Phone Call
2. My Father’s Truck
3. Carry On
4. Baghdad Messi
5. Summer Vacation

Stay tuned to see how I do tomorrow!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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