Oscars Predictions 2015


By: Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

In just a few days – Sunday, February 22nd, to be exact – the biggest night in Hollywood will be upon us. The stars will all be out, dressed in the finest from the world’s top designers; the atmosphere will be live; and the drama will heighten, much like that in the films and roles which are nominated. Ladies and gentlemen, the 87th Academy Awards approaches.

As is our tradition, we like to make our predictions at The Nerd Machine. We watch a plethora of films throughout the year and provide you with reviews, many times prior to the films releases, so it’s safe to say we should be able to have an opinion on who takes home the golden statuette. On that note, without further ado, the nominees and predictions (in bold) on who walks home the winners of the night:

    Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman – Extremely bold and creative in design and performance, Birdman delivers on so many levels and takes us on a mesmerizing journey with an astounding ensemble cast. It’s a close race with Boyhood, but Birdman edges it in the end.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – The direction Iñárritu took the film was bold and beautiful, and the performances he was able to coax out of his ensemble was one a director can only dream of. Iñárritu earns this award in every sense of the definition.
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

    Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman – This was also was really a two-person race, with Eddie Redmayne as the closest contender with his performance as Stephen Hawking. Keaton, however, delivers the performance of his career, showing us the ups and downs of “showbiz,” the struggle many actors endure and the fragility and frailness of humans. It was close, but Keaton walks away with the gold.
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

    Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – Since the films first screening, this race has been Moore’s to lose. And despite strong performances from the other nominees, they all pale in comparison to Moore’s linguistic professor who battles early onset Alzheimer’s. A stunning performance and the clear winner in this category.
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

    Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – Like Julianne Moore, this one, too, is a given. Simmons is just ahead of the game against his competition in this category with his portrayal maniacal conductor. It’s also probably Simmons’ best performance to date; he’s won every award in this category thus far and will be going home with yet another trophy.

    Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – Portraying a role over the course of a 12-year long shoot is mind boggling, but watching how Arquette dives into the role of a mother who puts herself through school and takes care of her family reminds us of the things a mother does for her family and the stresses mothers endure. Arquette boldly embodies the essence of motherhood and life and is well deserving of this award.
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    Best Animated Film

Big Hero 6 – Loss, grief, love, and growth are all themes that resonate throughout Big Hero 6, and all themes that blend the best in this year’s animated category. And, with that, Big Hero 6 walks away with the Oscar.
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Yet another great year for film was brought to us in 2014 and 2015 appears to be a year that will be yet another great. Regardless of who walks away with the statues on Sunday night, all cinemagoers, film enthusiasts, and those who just enjoy film are the true winners. And, until Neil Patrick Harris opens up the night with a comedic monologue, who wins is but a guess. So get out there and watch the films, make your predictions, and let us know who you think will go home with gold at the 87 th Academy Awards.

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