2015 Academy Awards Predictions

87th Oscars®, Nominees Luncheon,

When it comes to awards shows, nothing beats the Oscars.  Every year people tune in to see their favourite stars shine on the most important night of Hollywood.  This year there are several interesting races lining up, and it will be difficult to pick winners.  We’re try our best to steer you in the right direction, but remember, there are always surprises.

Best Picture:  Really this is shaping up to be a two picture race.  Sure there are 8 nominees altogether, but really all the attention has been on Boyhood and Birdman.  Boyhood is Richard Linklater’s dramatic masterpiece that follows the same family for 12 years of their lives.  Keeping the same cast together over that period of time is a feat in itself, but having a cohesive story that is told over 12 years is even more difficult.  Birdman on the other hand follows a washed up, typecast actor who tries to make a comeback as a stage director.  Michael Keaton makes a huge comeback in this film, and has stolen some of Boyhood’s thunder.  With both films picking up a lot of awards all ready, this is a hard race to call, but we’re going to go with Boyhood.

Best Actor / Supporting Actor:  Where at one point Steve Carell of Foxcatcher and Benedict Cumberbatch of The Iimitation Game were considered the front runners, but Michael Keaton of the previously mentioned Birdman and Eddie Redmayne of The Theory of Everything are in a fight to the finish.  We’re going with Michael Keaton here simply because it is his first nomination and the film really does mark a comeback of sorts for him.  We are sure to see more from Eddie in the future.  On the Supporting Actor side of things, this is really J.K. Simmons award to lose.  He turned in one of the best performances in the long time in Whiplash, and he’s heads and tails better than any of his competitors.

Best Actress / Supporting Actress:  During TIFF Reese Witherspoon’s performance in Wild was all anyone could talk about, but as awards season drew closer that talk shifted to Julianne Moore in Still Alice.  It’s a shame that Rosamund Pike’s performance in Gone Girl has to compete with Julianne Moore this year because even though she is amazing, Moore is better, and should take home her first Oscar on her fifth attempt.  For Supporting Actress, the race is closer, but we still think Rosanna Arquette will take home the trophy.  The ones to watch here however are Emma Stone for Birdman and academy favourite Meryl Streep for Into The Woods, as either could pull an upset.

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