American Soda’s 2015 Oscars Predictions

The 2015 Oscars

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Academy Award (or the Oscar) is the most coveted award in Hollywood, stars from all over the world gather at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for one night a year to celebrate the best films of the year. This year is the 87th annual ceremony where filmmakers are dying to get their hands on the prestigious Oscar state…and here are our predictions!

Best Picture

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The Best Picture nominees of 2015, ladies and gentlemen

Nominees:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Another close call between two contenders, again Boyhood and Birdman, Boyhood was winning a load of awards over the past year but could Birdman fly in and take the trophy?

Will Win: Birdman

Should Win: Whiplash (although it won’t)

Best Original Screenplay

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The very grand “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Nominees:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

There’s some serious competition in this category, each film is worthy of the award, although there can only be one winner:

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Should Win: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay

Whiplash

Drumming up tension in the best film of 2014, “Whiplash”

Nominees:

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

A lot of films based on real people here, Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything” is currently the front runner, although Whiplash deserves this award more than any of the others for its fantastic fast-paced story about the world’s most horrible man.

Will Win: The Theory of Everything

Should Win: Whiplash

Best Music – Original Song

Begin-Again

Literally street level musicians Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in “Begin Again”

Nominees:

  • “Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” – Selma
  • “Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – I’ll Be Me
  • “Lost Stars” – Begin Again

Will Win: “Glory” – Selma

Should Win: “Lost Stars” – Begin Again

Best Animated Feature Film

The Lego Movie

Where on Earth is “The Lego Movie”?

Nominees:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Everything is not awesome for The Lego Movie, which didn’t even get nominated, despite being the front runner for the past year, but that’s something we’re gonna have to get over unfortunately.

Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Should Win: The Lego Movie (!!!)

Best Director

Best Director

The Best Directors of 2014

Nominees (from left to right):

  • Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum
  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu

This is another incredibly tight race, but this time between two people, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) has won many awards over the past few months, however Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman) is still tipped to win the Oscar, and very deserving too, also, fun fact, if Inarritu wins then this will mark the second consecutive year, and second ever Best Director win for a Mexican.

Will Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Should Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress

Best supporting actress composite

Meryl Streep, of course, being nominated at least once a year for the past million years

Nominees:

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
  • Laura Dern – Wild
  • Keira Knightey – The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone – Birdman
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

If anyone BUT Patricia Arquette wins this, then shame on all of the voters.

Will Win: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Should Win: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

The evil J.K. Simmons (middle) standing out above the rest of the competition

Nominees:

  • Robert Duvall – The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  • Edward Norton – Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
  • K. Simmons – Whiplash

J.K. Simmons’ character in Whiplash is probably one of the scariest and most horrible bullies you never want to meet, and you have to spend nearly 100 minutes watching him shout at everyone around him, making great entertainment!

Will Win: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Should Win: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Actress

Best Actress

The not-so-tense battle for Best Actress

Nominees:

  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore – Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Any other year Rosamund Pike would have won this award, for her incredibly “Amazing Amy” in Gone Girl, but Julianne Moore pretty much has this one secured, in Still Alice, she portrays a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which is probably one of the most upsetting but best performances of the year, and she has swept up nearly every award going for her so far.

Will Win: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Should Win: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Best Actor

Best Actor

Can we not just give an award to everyone this year?

Nominees:

  • Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Four out of the five nominated performances this year are actors portraying real people, however the one fictitious character (Michael Keaton in Birdman) might just be the winner, if not then it’s likely to be awarded to Eddie Redmayne for his uncanny performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, could go either way though…

Will Win: Michael Keaton – Birdman/Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (it’s too close!!!)

Should Win: Michael Keaton – Birdman

Finally here are the technical and minor awards; otherwise the predictions list wouldn’t be complete without them!

Best Visual Effects

Deep-Space-in-Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” showing off the incredible black hole

Nominees:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Prediction: Interstellar

Best Sound Mixing

Nominees:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

Prediction: Whiplash

Best Sound Editing

Nominees:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

Prediction: American Sniper

Best Production Design

Nominees:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Turner

Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

Steve Carrell unrecognisable in “Foxcatcher”

Nominees:

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Prediction: Foxcatcher

Best Costume Design

Nominees:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Turner

Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Editing

Nominees:

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Prediction: Whiplash

Best Animated Short Film

Disney Feast

Those of you who saw Big Hero 6 will recognise this adorable short film, “Feast”

Nominees:

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

Prediction: Feast

Best Live Action Short Film

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British star Sally Hawkins works for a crisis hotline in the very intense short film, “The Phone Call”

 

Nominees:

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

Prediction: The Phone Call

Best Foreign Language Film

Nominees:

  • Ida – Poland
  • Leviathan – Russia
  • Tangerines – Estonia
  • Timbuktu – Mauritania
  • Wild Tales – Argentina

Prediction: Ida

Best Documentary Short

Nominees:

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper
  • White Earth

Prediction: ??? Unfortunately we haven’t seen any of these, so it’s anyone’s game!

Best Documentary

Citizenfour

Edward Snowden in the eye-opening documentary, “Citizenfour”

Nominees:

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

Prediction: Citizenfour

Best Music – Original Score

Nominees:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography

Nominees:

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Turner
  • Unbroken

Prediction: Birdman

So there you have it! All 24 categories predicted, the Oscars are live on February 22nd so tune in to find out how well we did, and why not comment with your own predictions?


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