Oscar Predictions by Ammar Akhtar

If you haven't heard already, the Academy has released the Oscar nominations for this year. I was surprised in some categories to see some films get snubbed like Nightcrawler. There were also a few surprises that were thrown at us like a best picture nod for Whiplash. Although my opinions about the Academy are not so great, I still like to predict who will win and lose. Keep in mind that I might be a bit biased towards some movies (Birdman) just because I liked them a lot and want to see them take home the gold. Also, I didn't see every film on here, so just keep that in mind if I don't choose your favorites. Along with that, I'm only going to do categories that I have a clear winner on. 

Here's how I'm going to set up my predictions: I may have 3 spots at the end of each category, a "Will Win", "Should/Could Win" and "Snubbed". Some of them won't have 3 spots simply because there all not needed.

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo-Birdman

Richard Linklater-Boyhood

Max Frye and Dan Futterman-Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness-The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy-Nightcrawler

In my opinion, there are two films that stand out: Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. These films had very strong writing that stood out to me. I think Wes Anderson will never disappoint us with his quirky/witty images and dialogue that he writes up, but the writing crew for Birdman  blew it out of the park for me. Dialogue felt very natural and all the characters were portrayed beautifully on screen. It comes down to these two, but I think Birdman has the edge considering it won this category at the golden globes and I felt that this was a tiny bit better than Budapest. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be disappointed to see Budapest take the gold.

Will Win: Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo-Birdman

Could Win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness-Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How To Train Your Dragon 2 

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

I've only seen Big Hero 6 and How To Train Your Dragon 2, but I think Dragon could potentially win. I have heard good word of mouth from Princess Kaguya, and that too could win considering all the praise it's been receiving. Definitely something missing from this list is The LEGO Movie. I was shocked to see it not get a nomination because I thought it was a great animated film and a very original one as well. I'm guessing the academy didn't see it as "true" animation since it's a bit different than most that's released. They did the same thing with Tintin back in 2011, and that pissed me off as well. The Boxtrolls didn't seem to be a huge hit with critics and fans alike, and I haven't heard anything about Song of the Sea.

Will Win: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Could Win: Tale of Princess Kaguya

SNUBBED: The LEGO Movie

 

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Robert Duvall-The Judge

Ethan Hawke-Boyhood

Edward Norton-Birdman

Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

It's going to be J.K. Simmons. 

Will Win: J.K. Simmons

Could Win: Edward Norton, but I doubt it.

 

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette-Boyhood

Laura Dern-Wild

Keira Knightley-The Imitation Game

Emma Stone- Birdman

Meryl Streep-Into The Woods

Patricia Arquette will most likely win. Emma Stone could potentially nab the gold because I thought she did a marvelous job, but considering Arquette won at the globes, I doubt she will win. And, WHY IS MERYL STREEP ON THIS LIST FOR PLAYING SOME OLD, SAGGY WOMAN?!?!?!!?!?!? Honestly, she could be doing something so stupid like petting a donkey and get nominated for an oscar. 

Will Win: Patricia Arquette

Could Win: Emma Stone, Not Meryl Streep

 

Best Original Score

Alexander Desplat-The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Alexander Desplat-The Imitation Game

Johann Johansson-The Theory of Everything

Gary Yershon-Mr. Turner

Hans Zimmer-Interstellar

One MAJOR snub in my opinion was Birdman because the score for that film was so unordinary. It's sounds of only the drums was such a unique sound to hear on-screen. It was such a different take in how we hear music play out in film. I believe Birdman was disqualified for this category due to their drum-only score, which is pretty stupid in my opinion. Since that's not on the list, Hans Zimmer's score for Interstellar was excellent. I'd love to see it take home the gold, but it may be taken from The Theory of Everything since it won a globe for original score. I wouldn't be surprised if Theory took the oscar, but Hans Zimmer definitely deserves it.

Will Win: Johann Johansson-Theory of Everything

Should Win: Hans Zimmer-Interstellar

SNUBBED: Antonio Sanchez-Birdman

 

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki-Birdman

Robert Yeoman-The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski-Ida

Dick "Poop"-Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins-Unbroken

Birdman definitely was astonishing in this field for it's long shots. Everything about it was great in my opinion. The ability to do something like that just blows me away. I would love to see Birdman get this award for it's long takes just because of it's creativity and the ability to take the audience into the moment. It would be interesting if The Grand Budapest Hotel won though because I am a fan of how the shots are framed in all Wes Anderson films. Although, I did think Interstellar's Hoyte Van Hoytema should've been nominated for his cinematography. Shot composition was excellent in that film, and it definitely needed some recognition. But, both Lubezki and Yeoman have a chance, but I think Lubezki will come out on top.

Will Win: Emmanuel Lubezki-Birdman

Could Win: Robert Yeoman-The Grand Budapest Hotel

SNUBBED: Hoyte Van Hoytema-Interstellar

 

Best Director

Richard Linklater-Boyhood

Alejandro Gonzáles Iñńaritu-Birdman

Bennett Miller-Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum-The Imitation Game

I thought this category had a lot of snubs. First off, where's our ladies? There was no nomination for Angelina Jolie for Unbroken, which didn't really surprise me, but it was Ava DuVernay that did. I don't know how she did since I haven't seen her movie Selma, but there should be at least some lady power. Also, I thought that Damien Chazelle did a good job, and I would've liked a nomination for him. With what we got, it's most likely Richard Linklater who will be taking this prize since he's been winning in a lot of awards shows. However, I don't think he's the right choice. I thought Alejandro G. Iñńaritu did a fantastic job with directing his actors. They all gave excellent performances, and I praise them even more for doing it during the long takes. I would also love to see Wes Anderson win because I always feel like he adds that quirky touch to his actors. It's so different than anything else, and it would be very nice to see him get the gold.

Will Win: Richard Linklater

Should Win: Alejandro G. Iñńaritu, Wes Anderson

SNUBBED: Ava DuVarney, Damien Chazelle, Angelina Jolie

 

Best Actor

Michael Keaton-Birdman

Steve Carell-Foxcatcher

Benedict Cumberbatch-The Imitation Game

Bradley Cooper-American Sniper

Eddie Redmayne-Theory of Everything

One MAJOR performance that was snubbed was Jake Gyllenhaal. A lot of people are very upset about this, including myself. I didn't even see Gyllenhaal, I saw a psychopath. It was that good! It was very disappointing for him not to get a nod. Aside from that, Michael Keaton all the way!

Will Win: Michael Keaton

Could Win: Eddie Redmayne, but I'll get really mad if he does.

SNUBBED: Jake Gyllenhaal

 

Best Actress

Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon-Wild

Julianne Moore-Still Alice

Felicity Jones-Theory of Everything

Marion Cotillard-Two Days, One Night

I really want to see Rosamund Pike get the oscar for this. I thought she gave an excellent performance playing the psychotic wife Amy in Gone Girl. She was fantastic in the film, and I don't want to see anyone else take home the gold. I'm a bit worried though because Julianne Moore won a golden globe for her performance, so she may sneak up and steal it from Pike. 

Will Win: Rosamund Pike

Could Win: Julianne Moore

 

Best Picture

American Sniper

The Imitation Game

Birdman

Selma

Boyhood

The Theory of Everything

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Whiplash

After viewing what we have this year, I'm actually not that angry about the nominations. For starters, I was very surprised that Whiplash was on there considering it wasn't nominated at the golden globes. I was also very happy to see The Grand Budapest Hotel on the list. Wes Anderson gave us a great movie, and I was a bit worried it would be snubbed from Best Picture simply because the Academy does stuff like that. Everything else I pretty much expected to be on the list. One movie that was pretty much shut out entirely was Gone Girl. There wasn't any nominations for David Fincher, nor one for adapted screenplay and best picture. I was pretty disappointed by this because I enjoyed that movie a lot. Now, who do I think will win? It's probably going to be Boyhood. However, I would be very happy if Birdman got it. I think that truly portrays the power that cinema has because it's so brilliant, along with the stunning score and impressive acting/directing. I just don't see it happening because Boyhood has been winning a lot of awards compared to Birdman. 

Will Win: Boyhood

Should Win: Birdman

SNUBBED: Gone Girl

So those are my picks for some of the categories in the Oscars. I am not a huge fan of it though, simply because they don't reflect back on some other great films that deserved to be recognized. Sure the films they choose from are good, but there are so much more films that deserve major recognition, along with actors and directors that need to be recognized for their outstanding work. I'm not going to get too detailed about this because this is a discussion to save for later.