Final Oscar Predictions: Who Will & Should Win

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Oscar voting ending yesterday. The votes are in, being tallied and this Sunday night we will find who wins at the 87th Academy Awards. Last year ended with fairly exciting results, with a race to the finish between eventual Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave and its main competition Gravity. This year, we have many races that will be even more heated going into the big night. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Foreign Language Film and maybe, just maybe, Best Actor and Best Cinematography, but Best Actor is probably all wrapped up. In the guilds and critics eyes, it is a three picture race between Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, with the late surge and box office success of American Sniper also adding some heat.

This has been an exciting and exhausting year during the awards season. A year where the Academy has shown their old, white ways, and with today’s release of an elderly Oscar voter’s ignorant, asinine reasons for voting, which you can read here, lessens the importance of Hollywood’s big end all show. That is not to say it is not fun to watch the actual program and focus on the films being nominated, but to think that you can narrow hundreds and hundreds of films down to “8” pictures or “5” nominees in multiple categories is ridiculous. The Oscars are highly subjective and will never truly place significant high or low value or be considered a determining factor when it comes to film history. The show and awards are great for filmmakers, actors and producers careers, but when it comes to the quality of the films, history claims that. Look at the horrible choice in having Crash win over Brokeback Mountain, or Rocky over Taxi Driver, or Kramer vs. Kramer over Apocalypse Now, or, and do not get me started, Dances with Wolves over GoodFellas.

I love covering the awards season, but it should be about the quality of the films, acting, writing, cinematography, and not about box office results, politics, campaigning and status in the business. I know, that is wishful thinking, but that is how it should be. Oh well, on with the show.

I have listed all of the categories below, with my picks of “who will win” and “who should win.” I believe that all eight nominated films will at least take home one award throughout the night and there will be one glaring, exciting and/or disappointing surprise Sunday night. I can feel it. I just hope the surprise is Michael Keaton taking home Best Actor… Let it fly!!!

BEST PICTURE

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

WILL WIN:  Birdman

SHOULD WIN:  Birdman

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

WILL WIN:  Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)

SHOULD WIN:  Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)

BEST ACTOR

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

WILL WIN:  Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

SHOULD WIN:  Michael Keaton (Birdman)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

WILL WIN:  Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

SHOULD WIN:  Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

WILL WIN:  J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

SHOULD WIN:  J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

WILL WIN:  Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

SHOULD WIN:  Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper)
  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

WILL WIN:  Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

SHOULD WIN:  Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

WILL WIN:  Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

SHOULD WIN:  Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Tangerines
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

WILL WIN:  Ida

SHOULD WIN:  Leviathan

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • 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:  The Tale of Princess Kaguya

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

  • CitizenFour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

WILL WIN:  CitizenFour

SHOULD WIN:  CitizenFour

FILM EDITING

  • Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
  • Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  • Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  • Tom Cross (Whiplash)

WILL WIN:  Sandra Adair (Boyhood)

SHOULD WIN:  Sandra Adair (Boyhood)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  • Roger Deakins (Unbroken)

WILL WIN:  Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)

SHOULD WIN:  Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
  • Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
  • Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)

WILL WIN:  Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

SHOULD WIN:  Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” from Selma
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

WILL WIN:  “Glory” from Selma

SHOULD WIN:  “Glory” from Selma

SOUND MIXING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

WILL WIN:  Whiplash

SHOULD WIN:  Whiplash

SOUND EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

WILL WIN:  American Sniper

SHOULD WIN:  Birdman

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:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
  • Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
  • Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
  • Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)

WILL WIN:  Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

SHOULD WIN:  Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

WILL WIN:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

SHOULD WIN:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

WILL WIN:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

SHOULD WIN:  The Grand Budapest Hotel

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

WILL WIN:  Feast

SHOULD WIN:  The Bigger Picture

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butterfly Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

WILL WIN:  Parvaneh

SHOULD WIN:  The Phone Call

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

WILL WIN:  Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

SHOULD WIN:  Joanna

Photo credits by IMDB.

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins the DGA

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This past Saturday, Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his mesmerizing work on the best film of last year Birdman. The film is beginning to look like the frontrunner going into the Oscars in a couple of weeks. Ballots are out now, so it is in the hands of the Academy. Hopefully that don’t make a mess out of the awards as they did with the nominations. Birdman has now won the PGA, SAG and DGA. The biggest competition to it is Richard Linklater’s wonderful Boyhood, which has won the ACE and this Sunday, took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) at the BAFTA Awards. The Writers Guild will announce their winners this weekend, and I would not be surprised if Mr. Anderson wins one for his fantastic The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

In the last five years, the winner of the PGA and BAFTA have gone on to win the Oscar. The exception here is that the PGA and BAFTA were split between Birdman and Boyhood. Then, the DGA went to Iñárritu and Best Director at the BAFTA’s went to Linklater, but remember a couple of years back, Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo, but was not even nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. Then you have Boyhood winning the Drama category at the Golden Globes, while The Grand Budapest Hotel won the Comedy/Muscial category, beating out the predicted favorite Birdman. It is really all about these three films in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography categories. Formats and historical tendencies might be out the door this year. And, Birdman did not receive a Best Editing nomination at the Oscars, so there is that.

These three films — Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, have the most guild and critic support going into the Oscars, and I just have a feeling we will be in for a few surprises come Oscar night. I honestly think the awards love will be spread throughout these three films and rightly so. I am not ready to predict the winners just yet, but I expect multiple victories for all three of these fine films. Throw out the history books, it is going to be an exciting Academy Awards night.

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2015 Academy Awards Nominations

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Here is the complete list of 2015 Academy Awards nominations. I’ve bee too sick, fighting the flu all week, to write a full on analysis this evening, been in bed all day, but it is safe to say there were a few surprises. A very male-centric, white Oscars this year. I am still very happy that Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood faired very well. Yes, so glad Wes Anderson finally received a Best Director nomination. I will write an analysis piece sometime this weekend. Enjoy.

BEST PICTURE

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

BEST ACTOR

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper)
  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Big Hero 6
  • The BoxTrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

  • CitizenFour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

FILM EDITING

  • Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
  • Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  • Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  • Tom Cross (Whiplash)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  • Roger Deakins (Unbroken)

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
  • Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
  • Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” from Selma
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

SOUND MIXING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

SOUND EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

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

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
  • Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
  • Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
  • Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Tangerines
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butterfly Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Crisis Veterans Hotline: Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

Photo credits by IMDB.

FINAL 2015 Academy Awards Predictions

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Here they are. My FINAL Academy Awards predictions before the big announcement tomorrow morning. Enjoy!

BEST PICTURE

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

  10. Gone Girl (*if 10)
  • Next 5: FoxcatcherUnbrokenA Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Mr. Turner

I am pretty confident these will be the nine. The only other two films that could sneak in are Gone Girl or Foxcatcher.

BEST DIRECTOR

  1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  2. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  3. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  4. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  5. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  • Next 3:  Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Ava DuVernay (Selma), James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)

Three locks with Linklater, Iñárritu and Anderson. Those last two spots are anyones guess. I am going with Tyldum, Academy love for The Imitation Game and DGA nod, and Chazelle, the BAFTA nod and for being the exciting new talent. I would not be surprised if Eastwood, the DGA nod, gets in at all, and i would be delighted if DuVernay, Fincher or Dan Gilroy get in. Fincher should be in there no matter what, but that is just my personal opinion.

BEST ACTOR

  1. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  2. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitiation Game)
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  5. David Oyelowo (Selma)
  • Next 3: Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Keaton, Redmayne and Cumberbatch are locks. Like with the director category, the last two spots are up for grabs. I am sticking with Gyllenhaal, SAG nod, and Oyelowo for portraying a legendary historical figure. That means pushing poor Steve Carell out, but watch out for Cooper. It would be his third Oscar nomination in a row and since the Academy loves the film, it really might happen.

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  2. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  3. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  4. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  5. Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
  • Next 3: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Hillary Swank (The Homesman)

No change here. The only mild surprise would be Adams or Cotillard getting in over Aniston, which would be fine by me, but I do not see it happening.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  2. Edward Norton (Birdman)
  3. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  5. Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Next 3: Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes), Tom Wilkinson (Selma)

The only thing that could change or be a surprise here is if Carell gets his nomination here, like at the BAFTA’s.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  2. Emma Stone (Birdman)
  3. Keira Knighley (The Imitation Game)
  4. Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  5. Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)
  • Next 3: Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Carmen Ejogo (Selma)

Arquette, Stone, Streep and Knightley are locks. Since A Most Violent Year has been vastly overlooked this year, I am going with the highly admired and much deserved Rene Russo over Jessica Chastain. The only reason is the love and lack of love for the films. Russo deserves it.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  2. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
  4. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
  5. E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
  • Next 3: Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), Ava DuVernay & Paul Webb (Selma), J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year)

That last spot could be a toss up between Foxcatcher and Mr. Turner. Gut says Foxcatcher, although Mike Leigh has been nominated for screenplays 5 times.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  1. Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  2. Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
  3. Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  4. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  5. Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper)
  • Next 3:  Nick Hornby (Wild), Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice), Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson (Unbroken)

The only change is possibly Wild sneaking in over American Sniper, but if Sniper gets a best picture nod, it is most likely getting one here too.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
  2. Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
  3. Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  4. Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  5. Hoyte von Hoytema (Interstellar)
  • Next 3: Lukasz Kal & Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida), Oscar Faura (The Imitation Game), Benoît Delhomme (The Theory of Everything)

Watch out for either Ida or The Imitation Game, the latter received an ASC nomination.

BEST FILM EDITING

  1. Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  2. Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  3. William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  4. Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
  5. Tom Cross (Whiplash)
  • Next 3: Kirk Baxter (Gone Girl), John Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Joel Cox & Gary Roach (American Sniper)

I really want Gone Girl to get in this category or Nightcrawler. Either one might sneak in, but I am sticking with these five.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  1. Ida (Poland)
  2. Leviathan (Russia)
  3. Wild Tales (Argentina)
  4. Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  5. Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • Next 4: Tangerines (Estonia), The Liberator (Venezuela), Accused (The Netherlands), Corn Island (Georgia)

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

  1. CITIZENFOUR
  2. Life Itself
  3. The Overnighters
  4. The Last Days in Vietnam
  5. Virunga

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
  3. Big Hero 6
  4. The Boxtrolls
  5. The Tales of Princess Kaguya

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

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

BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE

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

BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG

  1. “Glory” Selma
  2. “Lost Stars” Begin Again
  3. “Mercy Is” Noah
  4. “Big Eyes” Big Eyes
  5. “Everything is Awesome” The LEGO Movie

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

BEST SOUND EDITING

  1. Fury
  2. American Sniper
  3. Godzilla
  4. Interstellar
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BEST SOUND MIXING

  1. Birdman
  2. American Sniper
  3. Into the Woods
  4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  5. Unbroken

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

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Updated 2015 Academy Awards Predictions

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The Golden Globes have concluded, the DGA will announce their nominations tomorrow and this Thursday, the Academy Awards nominations will be announced. Who is going to get in? These are my second to last predictions before Thursday and I will do one more update this Wednesday. The Grand Budapest Hotel has been surging this last month and I am looking for Anderson to receive his first Best Director nomination. Boyhood is the quiet frontrunner right now, but it is wide open. The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Birdman, Whiplash and Selma (even though it is not getting the love from the Guilds due to screeners not being sent out in time) are all getting in. If there are 9 Best Picture nominations, which I believe there will be, who are the last two spots going to? I think it is between four films: American Sniper, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl and Foxcatcher. I am going with the love and attention that American Sniper and Nightcrawler are receiving, but I would not be surprised at all to see two of the best films I have seen this year, Gone Girl and Foxcatcher, nab the two last spots. It just appears the two films by Eastwood and Gilroy are being well received where it counts.

All of the big races are wide open and we could see some surprises and some questionable choices on Thursday. I am still rooting for Ava DuVernay to get some love in the Director category and I finally am sold on Gyllenhaal getting the fifth spot in the Best Actor race, booting Carell out. The screenplay, editing and cinematography categories should be very interesting and close. Cannot wait to see how all this plays out. Who will be the Inside Llewyn DavisAll Is Lost and Robert Redford of this year? We will see what happens in a few days.

BEST PICTURE

  1. Boyhood
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  5. The Theory of Everything
  6. Selma
  7. Whiplash
  8. American Sniper
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Gone Girl
  • Next 5: FoxcatcherUnbrokenA Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Mr. Turner

BEST DIRECTOR

  1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  2. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  3. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  4. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  5. Ava DuVernay (Selma)
  • Next 3:  Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)

BEST ACTOR

  1. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitiation Game)
  3. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  4. David Oyelowo (Selma)
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Next 3: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

BEST ACTRESS

  1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  2. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  3. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  4. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  5. Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
  • Next 3: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Hillary Swank (The Homesman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  2. Edward Norton (Birdman)
  3. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  5. Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Next 3: Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Tom Wilkinson (Selma), Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  2. Emma Stone (Birdman)
  3. Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  4. Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
  5. Keira Knighley (The Imitation Game)
  • Next 3: Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Carmen Ejogo (Selma)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  2. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  3. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
  4. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
  5. Ava DuVernay & Paul Webb (Selma)
  • Next 3: Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher), J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  1. Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  2. Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
  3. Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  4. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  5. Jason Dean Hall (American Sniper)
  • Next 3:  Nick Hornby (Wild), Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice), Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson (Unbroken)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  1. Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
  2. Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
  3. Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  4. Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  5. Hoyte von Hoytema (Interstellar)
  • Next 3: Oscar Faura (The Imitation Game), Bradford Young (Selma), Benoît Delhomme (The Theory of Everything)

BEST FILM EDITING

  1. Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  2. Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  3. William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  4. Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
  5. Tom Cross (Whiplash)
  • Next 3: Spencer Averick (Selma), Kirk Baxter (Gone Girl), Joel Cox & Gary Roach (American Sniper)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  1. Ida (Poland)
  2. Leviathan (Russia)
  3. Wild Tales (Argentina)
  4. Timbuktu (Mauritania)
  5. Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • Next 4: Tangerines (Estonia), The Liberator (Venezuela), Accused (The Netherlands), Corn Island (Georgia)

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

  1. CITIZENFOUR
  2. Life Itself
  3. The Overnighters
  4. The Last Days in Vietnam
  5. Virunga

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
  3. Big Hero 6
  4. The Boxtrolls
  5. The Tales of Princess Kaguya

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

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

BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE

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

BEST MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG

  1. “Glory” Selma
  2. “Lost Stars” Begin Again
  3. “Mercy Is” Noah
  4. “Big Eyes” Big Eyes
  5. “Everything is Awesome” The LEGO Movie

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Birdman
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Into the Woods

BEST SOUND EDITING

  1. Fury
  2. American Sniper
  3. Godzilla
  4. Interstellar
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

BEST SOUND MIXING

  1. Birdman
  2. American Sniper
  3. Into the Woods
  4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  5. Unbroken

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

2015 BAFTA Nominations

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Wes Anderson’s excellent The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the way with 11 nominations at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, while Birdman and The Theory of Everything each received 10 nominations. The big news though is the snubbing of Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, where both films did not receive a single nomination. Not looking good for either film, although Selma will receive some Oscar love, Unbroken is going to be outside the big one. A little surprised that Selma did not get a single nomination. Not even for David Oyelowo… Great, great news for The Grand Budapest Hotel. It is looking more and more like a lock for multiple Oscar nominations and I really hope Wes Anderson gets that Best Director nom he deserves. Also, good news for Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, receiving Best Director nod here and will it be either Marsh or Tyldum, or neither in the Best Director at the Oscars and the DGA. BAFTA went with Marsh and they seemed to love The Theory of Everything more then The Imitation Game. The Academy is the other way around it appears. Not much love for Gone Girl either, except for Best Actress Rosamund Pike, and Best Adapted Screenplay Gillian Flynn. Go Rene Russo too!!! Here is a complete list of the BAFTA nominees. The BAFTA’s will be handed out on February 8th. Enjoy!

Best Film

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything

Best Director

  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash

Best Actor In A Leading Role

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything

Best Actress In A Leading Role

  • Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)
  • Imelda Staunton (Pride)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman

Best Original Screenplay

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Jason Hall (American Sniper)
  • Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  • Paul King (Paddington)
  • Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film

  • ’71
  • The Imitation Game
  • Paddington
  • Pride
  • Theory of Everything
  • Under the Skin

Best Documentary

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • 20,000 Days On Earth
  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Virunga

EE Rising Star Award

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Jack O’Connell
  • Margot Robbie
  • Miles Teller
  • Shailene Woodley

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer

  • Elaine Constantine (Northern Soul)
  • Gregory Burke, Yann DeMange (’71)
  • Hong Khaou (Lilting)
  • Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (Kajaki: the True Story)
  • Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (Pride

Best Film Not In the English Language

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • The Lunchbox
  • Trash
  • Two Days, One Night

Best Animated Film

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Lego Movie

Best Original Music

  • Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
  • Mica Levi (Under the Skin

Best Cinematography

  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner

Best Editing

  • Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
  • Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  • John Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
  • Jinx Godfrey (The Theory of Everything)
  • Tom Cross (Whiplash

Best Production Design

  • Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau (Big Eyes)
  • Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana McDonald (The Imitation Game)
  • Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis (Interstellar)
  • Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner

Best Costume Design

  • Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Sammy Sheldon Differ (The Imitation Game)
  • Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
  • Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)
  • Steven Noble (The Theory of Everything)

Best Makeup and Hair

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Best Sound

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Best Special Visual Effects

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Short Film

  • Boogaloo And Graham
  • Emotional Fusebox
  • The Karman Line
  • Slap
  • Three Brothers

Best Short Animation

  • The Bigger Picture
  • Monkey Love Experiments
  • My Dad

Photo credits by IMDB.

2015 American Society of Cinematographers Nominations

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And another victory for Wes Anderson and is magical, screwball mystery of a film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Robert D. Yeoman, who has worked on all of Wes Anderson’s films except Fantastic Mr. Fox, was nominated for the ASC awards and has really upped his game with this great film and Moonrise Kingdom. The colors are so striking, the darks full of sharp beauty and wonderful contrast, Yeoman is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I am pretty much sold on him getting his first Academy Award nomination in a little over a week. Great news.

I am very happy to see Yeoman get recognized here, but this year is all about Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and his spectacular work on Birdman. The man is going to win the ASC and the Academy Award, doing both in back-to-back years. The other nominees include Dick Pope for Mr. Turner, Roger Deakins for Unbroken and Oscar Faura for The Imitation Game. You might be looking at the five nominees for Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards, but watch out for Bradford Young (Selma A Most Violent Year) or Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) or Jeff Cronenwerth (Gone Girl) or Benôit Delhomme (The Theory of Everything) or Robert Elswit (Inherent Vice Nightcrawler), just to name a few. Yeah, it has been a great year for cinematographers! List of the five nominees, last year there were seven, below.

Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert D. Yeoman)
The Imitation Game (Oscar Faura)
Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
Unbroken (Roger Deakins)

Photo credit by Fox Searchlight.