It’s finally here. Oscar night. NPH is going to give a hell of a performance as host. The dude is a straight fire performer/entertainer/actor. Can’t wait to see what he does with the big stage. There are some very close races this year so you’re lucky you have me because I watched all these movies for you and am going to ace all of my predictions.
Best Picture: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
This movie was AMAZING. Boyhood is the critics favorite and an awards darling, but Birdman was such a fantastic movie and so well done that it’s giving Boyhood a serious run for it’s money. The acting was superb and the script was so well done and so original. American Sniper will be the sentimental favorite but it’ll be a tough win.
Look out for: American Sniper
Some of the talk in the industry is that Boyhood and Birdman will split the votes from all of the artsy voters and Sniper will sneak in for the win.
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
I never really know how to pick best director. I usually try and go with how original and well done the movie is + the entertainment value + listen to critics. And the consensus is that Iñárritu will win. I don’t know why, but he will
Look out for: Richard Linklater- Boyhood
The 13 year “Epic” journey of Mason from ages 5-18 gets Linklater some serious props by industry standards. He could be neck and neck with Iñárritu. But Boyhood was stupid.
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything
Unreal performance by Redmayne. His portrayal in the Stephen Hawking Biopic is nothing short of amazing. Best Actor might be the tightest category, but you have to give it to Redmayne. He not only carried the movie but made me want to read a Brief History of Time. Anybody who gets me to want to read a book deserves an award.
Look out for: Michael Keaton- Birdman (Or the Unexpected Vitue of Ignorance)
Keaton was great in Birdman, he really captured the feeling of a former hollywood superstar who is desperate to find the satisfaction he never felt as a former superhero by funding, directing and starring in his own play (plus Michael Keaton was Batman….get it?)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore- Still Alice
No contest. Put everything you have on Julianne Moore winning this Oscar. I didn’t see the movie, but she’s going to win. Hands down. No explanation needed
Look out for: nobody
I don’t even think anybody else will garner a vote. Actually….Rosemund Pike in Gone Girl was freaky good, and I will never trust another woman because of her.
Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons- Whiplash
I didn’t love Whiplash as much as a lot of other people but there’s no denying how good Simmons was in this. The maniac, abusive music director is incredibly done and he deserves this award.
Look out for: Edward Norton
I honestly loved Edward Norton’s performance better than anybody’s and if it were up to me Norton would be going home with the statue, but I doing predictions, not votes. But still Norton is a close second. Never rule out Tyler Durden
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Boyhood is either going to win a ton of awards or hardly any, depending on how the night goes. However, Arquette is a pretty safe bet. Unlike every drunk husband/boyfriend she finds.
Look out for: Emma Stone- Birdman (Or the Unexpected Vitue of Ignorance)
Not really a clear cut second place here. I coulda put Meryl Streep because she’s, well, Meryl Streep, but I’ll give it to Emma Stone as the former drug addict or something daughter in Birdman. She was good I guess.
Rest of Odawgs ballot:
- Animated Feature- Big Hero 6
- Cinematography- Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
- Costume Design- Grand Budapest Hotel
- Film Editing- Grand Budapest Hotel
- Makeup and Hairstyling- Grand Budapest Hotel
- Music (original score)- The Theory of Everything
- Music (original song)- “Everything is Awesome” The Lego Movie
- Production Design- Grand Budapest Hotel
- Sound Editing- American Sniper
- Sound Mixing- American Sniper
- Visual Effects- Interstellar
- Writing (Adapted Screenplay)- The Immitation Game
- Writing (Original Screenplay)- Grand Budapest Hotel