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
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.