February 16, 2015

87th Academy Awards Predictions: Mid-February Update


In my last predictions update, I said that Birdman needed to win either the DGA or the BAFTA in order to secure its frontrunner status.  With a DGA victory now in hand I find it hard to see Boyhood or any other film beating it for Best Picture.  Meanwhile, BAFTA has cleared up some categories (Eddie Redmayne looks like a winner in Best Lead Actor) while muddling others (who is going to win Best Original Score or Best Adapted Screenplay?).

BEST PICTURE=Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
BEST DIRECTOR=Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
BEST LEAD ACTOR=Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
BEST LEAD ACTRESS=Julianne Moore, Still Alice
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR=J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS=Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY=The Imitation Game
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY=The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE=How to Train Your Dragon 2
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE=CITIZENFOUR
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM=Wild Tales
BEST ANIMATED SHORT=Feast
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT=Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT=Boogaloo and Graham
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY=Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN=The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST FILM EDITING=Boyhood
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING=The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE=The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST ORIGINAL SONG=”Glory”, Selma
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN=The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST SOUND EDITING=American Sniper
BEST SOUND MIXING=Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS=Interstellar

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