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Aug 29, 2014

My First Attempt At Predicting The Academy Awards 2015 Nominations


Fall festivals season is here so soon. Didn't we just watched the Oscars like last month? The year is going by so fast. The awards discussion never dies I guess which is why it seems that way. So Venice Film Festival began with raves for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman as expected. We will soon get more reactions specially from the Telluride Film Festival which is where the Oscar buzz begins for films. Critics and awards watchers' nirvana. So before we could hear more about the supposed awards players, I thought it would be best to try my hands at predicting 2015 Oscars nominees. Predict all you want now because things change rapidly in the Oscars universe. A hugely acclaimed film has as much chance to be hit by a controversy or trolls as an underdog small film to become the next big thing.

Note: At the moment, I am not ranking the nominees based on their potential to win. They are in alphabetical order.

BEST PICTURE:-

1. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2. Boyhood
3. Foxcatcher
4. Fury
5. Gone Girl
6. Inherent Vice
7. Interstellar
8. Unbroken
9. Wild

Alternates:

- A Most Violent Year
- Big Eyes
- Mr. Turner
- Selma
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything


BEST DIRECTOR:-

1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2. Angelina Jolie (Unbroken)
3. Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
4. David Fincher (Gone Girl)
5. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Alternates:

- Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
- David Ayer (Fury)
- James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)
- Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild)
- Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
- Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)

BEST LEAD ACTOR:-

1. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
2. Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
3. Michael Keaton (Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
4. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
5. Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)

Alternates:

- Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
- Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)
- David Oyelowo (Selma)
- Jack O'Connell (Unbroken)
- Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS:-

1. Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
2. Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby)
3. Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
4. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
5. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Alternates:

- Anne Dorval (Mommy)
- Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
- Hilary Swank (The Homesman)
- Julianne Moore (Map to the Stars)
- Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:-

1. Edward Norton (Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
3. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
5. Robert Duvall (The Judge)

Alternates:

- Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year)
- Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
- Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken)
- Logan Lerman (Fury)
- Tom Wilkinson (Selma)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:-

1. Carmen Ejogo (Selma)
2. Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
3. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
4. Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
5. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Alternates:

- Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods)
- Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
- Kristen Stewart (The Clouds of Sils Maria)
- Laura Dern (Wild)
- Suzanne Clement (Mommy)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:-

1. Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo)
2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
3. Interstellar (Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan)
4. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
5. The Imitation Game (Graham Moore)

Alternates:

- A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)
- Big Eyes (Scott Alexander, Larry Karazewski)
- Fury (David Ayer)
- Selma (Ava DuVernay, Paul Webb)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:-

1. Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman)
2. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
4. The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten)
5. Unbroken (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese)

Alternates:

- A Most Wanted Man (Andrew Bovell)
- Men, Women, & Children (Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson)
- Trash (Richard Curtis)
- Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
- Wild (Nick Hornby)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:-

1. Big Hero 6
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
3. The Book of Life
4. The Boxtrolls
5. The Lego Movie

Alternates:

- Song of the Sea
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST EDITING:-

1. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Douglas Crise)
2. Boyhood (Sandra Adair)
3. Foxcatcher (Stuart Levy, Conor O'Neill)
4. Interstellar (Lee Smith)
5. Unbroken (Tim Squyres)

Alternates:

- Fury (Dody Dorn)
- Gone Girl (Kirk Baxter)
- Inherent Vice (Leslie Jones)
- Selma (Spencer Averick)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Barney Pilling)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:-

1. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Emmanuel Lubezki)
2. Gone Girl (Jeff Cronenweth)
3. Interstellar (Hoyte Van Hoytema)
4. Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
5. Unbroken (Roger Deakins)

Alternates:

- Big Eyes (Bruno Delbonnel)
- Fury (Roman Vasyanov)
- Inherent Vice (Robert Elswit)
- Selma (Bradford Young)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert D. Yeoman)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:-

1. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak)
2. Into the Woods (Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock)
3. Mr. Turner (Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts)
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock)
5. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent)

Alternates:

- Big Eyes (Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau)
- Fury (Andrew Menzies, Barry Greaves)
- Inherent Vice (David Crank, Amy Wells)
- Interstellar (Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis, Paul Healy)
- Unbroken (Jon Hutman, Lisa Thompson)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:-

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

Alternates:

- Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
- Godzilla
- Maleficent
- Noah
- X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:-

1. Big Eyes (Colleen Atwood)
2. Exodus: Gods and Kings (Janty Yates)
3. Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges)
4. Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood)
5. Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard)

Alternates:

- Mr. Turner (Jacqueline Durran)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)
- The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Ann Maskrey & Bob Buck)
- The Immigrant (Patricia Norris)
- The Theory of Everything (Steven Noble)

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR:-

1. Foxcatcher
2. Into the Woods
3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Alternates:

- Big Eyes
- Exodus: Gods and Kings
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Maleficent
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:-

1. Big Eyes (Danny Elfman)
2. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Antonio Sanchez)
3. Fury (Steven Price)
4. Gone Girl (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
5. Unbroken (Alexandre Desplat)

Alternates:

- Foxcatcher (Rob Simonsen)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (John Powell)
- Inherent Vice (Jonny Greenwood)
- Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
- The Theory of Everything (Johann Johannsson)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:-

1. "Everything is Awesome", The Lego Movie
2. "Lost Stars", Begin Again
3. "The Apology Song", The Book of Life

Alternates:

- "I Love You Too Much", The Book of Life
- "Let Me In", The Fault in Our Stars
- "Mercy Is", Noah
- "The Boxtrolls Song", The Boxtrolls
- "Where No One Goes", How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST SOUND EDITING:-

1. Fury
2. Godzilla
3. Interstellar
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
5. Unbroken

Alternates:

- Big Hero 6
- Exodus: Gods and Kings
- Foxcatcher
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST SOUND MIXING:-

1. Fury
2. Interstellar
3. Into the Woods
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
5. Unbroken

Alternates:

- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Godzilla
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- How to Train Your Dragon 2
- The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies