Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Oscars 2015 Winners

The Oscars 2015 Winners

The Oscars are upon us, so as everyone does at this time of year, here are my predictions for who's going to walk away with the statues on the big day in Hollywood in the main categories.

Best Picture
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

WINNER - Boyhood

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

WINNER - This one's tight between Linklater for a body of work and Inarritu for something different; and I wouldn't be inclined to rule Anderson out either for the same Linklater reasons. Ultimately, though, I think the winner on the night will be Richard Linklater

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

WINNER - I think this is Eddie Redmayne's Daniel Day Lewis moment. He's got the momentum from the previous awards ceremonies, so I think the tide of support is on his side. I'd really like to see Michael Keaton win it though as he actually showed the fire in the acting gut that's been hiding for a while. But I don't believe the Academy will go with it (I'd love to be surprised) 

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

WINNER - Again, I think the tide of previous wins and a body of work will give it to Julianne Moore (for one of her weakest performances though) However, I'd love to see Reese or Rosamund pick it up as like Keaton, they did something unusual with their craft.

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

WINNER - Vern Schillinger. Erm, I mean JK Simmons - an excellent searing turn and a strong category but Simmons deserves this.

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

WINNER - Much like Highlander, there can be only one - and for this one it's Patricia Arquette. Not to disrespect the actresses in this category, but for my mind, most of these nominations were a surprise given the fact it feels like a weaker year for women. I think Patricia Arquette will take home another for Boyhood.

Over to you - what do you reckon?

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