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With the nominees in the 87th Academy Awards to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning here in Australia, I thought I would reveal my predictions as to who those anticipated nominees might be.

These predictions have come from a mix of influences – keeping up with the ‘experts’ tips, keeping tabs on the nominees and winners at the various critics awards and Guilds, and mere speculation. I have made my predictions 80% with my head and 20% with my heart. In a lot of instances I hope I am wrong, but even though I don’t particularly like films such as The Imitation Game or Whiplash I am convinced they are going to be a part of this year’s ceremony.

So, after the jump, check out who my predicted nominees are, with a series of alternatives (in order of likelihood).

Best Picture (In order of chances, assuming there are 10 at most)

  1. Boyhood

  2. Birdman

  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  4. The Imitation Game

  5. Selma

  6. The Theory of Everything

  7. Whiplash

  8. Nightcrawler

  9. Gone Girl

  10. American Sniper

 

Alternatives:

  1. Foxcatcher

  2. Unbroken

  3. Mr Turner

  4. Into the Woods

 

Best Director

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay – Selma

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

 

Alternatives (In Order):

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Clint Eastwood – American Sniper

 

Best Actor

Michael Keaton – Birdman

David Oyelowo – Selma

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

 

Alternatives:

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

 

Best Actress

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

 

Alternatives:

Jennifer Aniston – Cake

Amy Adams – Big Eyes

 

Best Supporting Actor

JK Simmons – Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Edward Norton – Birdman

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

 

Alternatives:

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler

Tom Wilkinson – Selma

 

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Emma Stone – Birdman

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Rene Russo – Nightcrawler

 

Alternatives:

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Carmen Ejogo – Selma

Laura Dern – Wild

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

 

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Selma

 

Alternatives:

Foxcatcher

Mr Turner

The Lego Movie

A Most Violent Year

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game

Gone Girl

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

American Sniper

 

Alternatives:

Inherent Vice

Wild

Unbroken

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Animated Film

The Lego Movie

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Boxtrolls

 

Alternatives:

Song of the Sea

The Book of Life

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida

Force Majeure

Leviathan

Wild Tales

Timbuktu

 

Alternatives:

Tangerines

 

Best Documentary Feature

Citizen Four

Life Itself

The Overnighters

Virunga

Keep on Keepin’ On

 

Alternatives:

The Salt of the Earth

Last Days in Vietnam

Finding Vivian Maier

 

Best Cinematography

Birdman

Mr Turner

Unbroken

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Selma

 

Alternatives:

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

Interstellar

Ida

 

Best Film Editing

Boyhood

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Whiplash

The Imitation Game

 

Alternatives:

American Sniper

Nightcrawler

Selma

Gone Girl

 

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mr Turner

Birdman

Into the Woods

The Imitation Game

 

Alternatives:

Interstellar

Snowpiercer

Inherent Vice

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

The Theory of Everything

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Alternatives:

Maleficent

The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Costume Design

Into the Woods

Selma

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mr Turner

Maleficent

 

Alternatives:

The Imitation Game

Big Eyes

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

 

Best Original Score

The Theory of Everything

Interstellar

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Fury

Gone Girl

 

Alternatives:

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Judge

Under the Skin

 

Best Original Song

Selma

Begin Again

The Lego Movie

Noah

Big Eyes

 

Alternatives:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

 

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper

Fury

Interstellar

Godzilla

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Sound Mixing

Into the Woods

American Sniper

Fury

Birdman

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Interstellar

Guardians of the Galaxy

Godzilla

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

 

Alternatives:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

My ‘Best Picture Nominees’ by number of nominations:

Birdman (10), The Grand Budapest Hotel (8), Selma (7), The Imitation Game (6), Boyhood (6), The Theory of Everything (6), Whiplash (5), Nightcrawler (4), Gone Girl (4), American Sniper (4)

 

  One Response to “87th Academy Award Nomination Predictions”

  1. Great picks buddy. Actor is so tight this year, I’ll be very interested who makes the cut between Oyelowo, Gyllenhaal and Carell. And man, I so hope Marion gets nominated for Best Actress. I honestly don’t think it’ll happen, but I really hope I’m wrong.

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