Sunday, 22 February 2015

Mine and Ray's 2015 Oscar Predictions

 Mine and Ray’s 2015 Oscar Predictions

That time of year again, I’m running late (again) writing my post because of the unfortunate lack of cinema screenings in Aberystwyth. Now, the Oscars don’t go off my opinion anyway much to my dismay, therefore it is still easy to predict who will win what. The Academy Awards is filled with predictability due to the run up award shows like the BAFTAs, DGAs and so on which share some of the same voter pool. Another reason it is predictable is because of the politics of voting as THR’s “Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots” where a few admit to voting for films due to their ad campaigns when they haven’t seen them – one said they voted for Leviathan because of the carcass advertising imagery. Last year I said I’d hope to hand out the crudely titled Nozzers but alas it seems to be a one-year thing so far. Hopefully I will do them next year as I should be somewhere and near places with cinema releases unless a job pulls me away.

What is different about this year is that it will feature a head-to-head. A friend of mine sent over his Oscar choices for this year too, meaning for the first time there will be a champion of Oscar predictions on here; a title so empty, it would definitely have health benefits at an American company. Ray Kenderdine’s Oscar list will follow mine.

My Oscar Predictions

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (Should be Keaton)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Should be Nightcrawler!)
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Editing: Boyhood
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash (American Sniper probably a close second)
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar (Should be Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Best Original Score: The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song:Glory” for Selma
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call (Butter Lamp close second)
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Animated Short: Feast

Ray Kenderdine’s Oscar Predictions

Best picture: The Imitation Game
Best Actor: Michael Keaton
Best Actress: Julianne Moore
Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons
Supporting Actress: Laura Dern
Animated Feature: Boxtrolls
Cinematography: Birdman
Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Director: Alajandre G. Iñárritu
Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier
Documentary Short: Our Curse
Editing: Boyhood
Foreign Language: Tangerines
Makeup and Hair: Guardians of the Galaxy
Original Score: The Imitation Game
Original Song: Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Short Animated: The Dam Keeper
Short Live Action: Parvaneh
Sound Editing: Birdman
Sound Mixing: Birdman
Visual Effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

“I guess that American Sniper and Interstellar get totally snubbed.
Of course I would LOVE to see Wes Anderson get best director but I just don't see it happening. Grand Budapest Hotel was really a great film and I think it's his best by far.”

Here we are. Last year I got a whopping 21 correct, I’m hoping for all 24 correct this year after some research into the categories involving shorts. Have a good Oscars night everyone.