Wednesday, January 14, 2015

87th Academy Award Nominations Predictions

Golden Globe Awards have wrapped up, the Guilds, BAFTA, Critics and other guilds have announced their nominees, but the most important of all, Oscars will be announcing under 48 hours from now.

Here are my predictions:

Best Picture:
1. "Boyhood"
2. "Birdman"
3. "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
4. "The Imitation Game"
5. "Selma"
6. "The Theory of Everything"
7. "Whiplash"
8. "Nightcrawler"
9. "American Sniper"
10. "Gone Girl"

11. "Foxcatcher"
12. "Mr. Turner"

Best Director:
1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
3. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
4. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
5. David Fincher, "Gone Girl"

6. Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"
7. Ava DuVernay, "Selma"

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

6. Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
7. Marion Cotillard, "Two Days One Night"

Best Actor:
1. Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
2. Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
4. Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
5. Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

6. Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner"
7. David Oyelowo, "Selma"

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
2. Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
3. Meryl Streep, "Into The Woods"
4. Rene Russo, "Nightcrawler"
5. Emma Stone, "Birdman"

6. Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
7. Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"

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"

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
2. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
3. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo, "Birdman"
4. Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
5. Paul Webb, "Selma"

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
2. Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"
3. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
4. Anthony McCarten, "The Theory of Everything"
5. Jason Hall, "American Sniper"

Best Foreign Language Film:
2. "Force Majeure" (Sweden)
1. "Ida" (Poland)
3. "Leviathan" (Russia)
4. "Tangerines" (Estonia)
5. "Wild Tales" (Argentina)

Best Documentary Feature:
2. "Life Itself"
3. "The Case Against 8"
4. "Keep On Keepin' On"
5. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper"

Best Animated Feature:
1. "The LEGO Movie"
2. "How To Train Your Dragon 2"
3. "Big Hero 6"
4. "The Boxtrolls"
5. "The Book of Life"

Best Cinematography:
1. Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"
2. Robert D. Yeoman, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
3. Hoyte Van Hoytema, "Interstellar"
4. Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"
5. Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, "Ida"

Best Film Editing:
1. Douglas Crise, "Birdman"
2. Sandra Adair, "Boyhood"
3. Tom Cross, "Whiplash"
4. Joel Cox & Gary Roach, "American Sniper"
5. Barney Pilling, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Best Production Design:
1. Adam Stockhausen & Anna Pinnock, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
2. Kevin Thompson & George DeTitta Jr., "Birdman"
3. Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock, "Into The Woods"
4. Nathan Crowley, Garry Fettis & Paul Healy, "Interstellar"
5. Ondrej Nekvasil, "Snowpiercer"

Best Costume Design:
1. Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
2. Sammy Sheldon Differ, "The Imitation Game"
3. Colleen Atwood, "Into The Woods"
4. Steven Noble, "The Theory of Everything"
5. Jacqueline Durran, "Mr. Turner"

Best Original Score:
1. Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"
2. Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"
3. Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
4. Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar"
5. Mica Levi, "Under the Skin"

Best Original Song:
1. "Glory" ("Selma")
2. "Lost Stars" ("Begin Again")
3. "Mercy Is" ("Noah")
4. "Big Eyes" ("Big Eyes")
5. "Split The Difference" ("Boyhood")

Best Sound Mixing:
1. "Into The Woods"
2. "Birdman"
3. "Whiplash"
4. "American Sniper"
5. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

Best Sound Editing:
1. "Godzilla"
2. "American Sniper"
3. "Fury"
4. "Interstellar"
5. "Unbroken"

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

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
1. "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
2. "Guardians of the Galaxy"
3. "Foxcatcher"

Birdman - 10
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 10
Boyhood - 7
The Imitation Game - 7
The Theory of Everything - 6
Whiplash - 6
American Sniper - 5
Gone Girl - 4
Nightcrawler - 4
Selma - 3

Sunday, January 11, 2015

72nd Golden Globe Awards Winner Predictions - Film

Tomorrow is the day! Unfortunately, there's no Lupita vs JLaw this year. But we still look forward to the speeches, the possible upsets, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's jokes, wins that could affect the result of the Oscars of the biggest party of the year wherein we'll have a chance to see our favorites drunk and crazy.

In the meantime, here are my winner predictions for the film categories:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

WINNER: “Boyhood”
ALTERNATE: “The Imitation Game”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

WINNER: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
ALTERNATE: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

WINNER: Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
ALTERNATE: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
“St. Vincent”

WINNER: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” =o
ALTERNATE: “Birdman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”

WINNER: Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
ALTERNATE: Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

WINNER: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
ALTERNATE: Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

WINNER: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
ALTERNATE: Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

WINNER: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
ALTERNATE: Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Lego Movie”

WINNER: “The Lego Movie”
ALTERNATE: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” -- please win

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)

WINNER: Ida (Poland/Denmark)
ALTERNATE: Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

These directors *two thumbs up*

WINNER: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
ALTERNATE: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

WINNER: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
ALTERNATE: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

WINNER: Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
ALTERNATE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” – “Big Eyes,” Music by: Lana Del Rey, Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey
“Glory” – “Selma,” Music by: John Legend, Common, Lyrics by: John Legend, Common
“Mercy Is” – “Noah,” Music by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Lyrics by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye
“Opportunity” – “Annie,” Music by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck, Lyrics by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Music by: Lorde, Lyrics by: Lorde

WINNER: “Glory” – “Selma,” Music by: John Legend, Common, Lyrics by: John Legend, Common
ALTERNATE: “Big Eyes” – “Big Eyes,” Music by: Lana Del Rey, Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey

Winner Predictions Tally:
Boyhood - 3
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 2
Birdman - 1
The Imitation Game - 1
The Theory of Everything - 1
Selma - 1
Whiplash - 1
Into the Woods - 1
Still Alice - 1