Heather’s Oscar Ballot


For some reason, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has failed to extend membership to me. Probably some sort of bureaucratic oversight. It’s their loss, really, since they are denied having my insight into what movies and performances deserve an Oscar. But there’s no reason that you should have to suffer because of their short-sightedness, so tonight I present to you who I would have voted for if I had been an Academy member. This isn’t necessarily the same thing as who I think is going to win; I’m going with my heart here and letting the chips fall where they may. I’ve also only made picks for the categories where I have seen the majority of the nominees. So without any further ado, here’s my fantasy Oscar ballot:

Best Picture: Moonlight (La La Land will likely win)

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Marshala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America

Cinematography: La La Land

Costume Design: La La Land

Film Editing: La La Land

Makeup and Hairstyling: A Man Called Ove

Original Score: La La Land

Original Song: How Far I’ll Go,” Moana (Like I’m not picking Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Production Design: La La Land

Sound Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Original Screenplay: The Lobster

Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

Heather’s 2015 Oscar Ballot

83rd Academy Awards, Oscar Envelope

The Oscars are finally upon us! This Sunday, ABC will air the 87th Academy Award ceremony and months of speculation and conjecture will finally end. I have to admit that I completely dropped the ball on my Oscar death race; I started out strong, having seen many of the Oscar nominated movies before the contenders were even announced, but then in the pivotal late January/early February period for seeking out the rest of the nominees I failed. Going on vacation and the cold weather were a lethal combination. If I had another weekend I think I might come close to pulling it off this year, but instead I’m spending the final days of Oscar prep scrambling just to get all the acting categories covered. I’ve never been this late in the game and not had the major categories completed, though in my defense a couple of the movies I have left just opened locally. Still, I’m committed to ending this race strong even if I can’t complete it; by Sunday at 8 pm, I will have all the major categories covered (Best Picture, the acting awards and Best Director) and be in pretty good shape for the rest. Surprisingly, the one category that I am WAY behind on is Best Animated Feature. Without The LEGO Movie in the running, my heart’s not in it.

But you didn’t come here for excuses or hedging, you came here for Oscar picks. And even without seeing all the films, I think my ballot is in pretty good shape. I’m not saying that these are a lock – I’m actually not 100% confident in my Best Picture choice – but if you use these in your Oscar pool and want to share your winnings with your favorite blogger, I’m not going to protest 🙂 So without further ado, here are my picks for Sunday’s Oscars:


Best Picture: Birdman


I think its between Birdman and Boyhood; I liked Birdman a whole lot more, so I’m going with my gut. This was a tough year – I didn’t hate any of the Best Picture nominees, but I didn’t love any of them either.


Best Actor: Michael Keaton (Birdman)


Hollywood loves a comeback.


Best Actress: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)


This is one of the movies that I still have to see, but the word on the street is that this is a lock.


Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons (Whiplash)



Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)



Best Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)


I think the Academy will be impressed with his vision of a movie done over 12 years.


Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)


This was a weird movie but it was allegedly loyal to a weird book.


Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)



Best Foreign Film: Ida


I really dug this film; it’s streaming on Netflix. Plus got to support my Polish heritage.


Best Documentary Feature: Citizenfour


Best Animate Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2


Film Editing: Boyhood



Best Song: John Legend and Common, “Glory” (Selma)


I won’t be surprised if The LEGO Movie wins here, but I think voter guilt will give Selma the edge.


Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel


I don’t see The Grand Budapest Hotel winning any of the big prizes, but I think it’s going to clean up on the more technical categories.


Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman



Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel



Makeup and Hairstyling: Guardians of the Galaxy



Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel



Sound Editing: American Sniper



Sound Mixing: Whiplash



Visual Effects: Guardians of the Galaxy


They made a talking tree and racoon seem like real people. Case closed.


Short Film, Live Action: Mat Kirkby, director and James Lucas, The Phone Call

phone call


Short Film, Animated: Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed, Feast



Documentary, Short Subject: Perry Films, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1


So who are your picks? Who do you want to see win? Sound off in the comments.