Ryan’s Predictions for the 2015 Oscars

BY RYAN MILOWICKI

The Best Picture marathon was an absolute blast, and today we get the added benefit of having the Oscars! It’s now time for me to go to work and publicly lay my cards out on the table. I’m tempted to throw in a few more upset picks than I ultimately did, but I’m also entered in a fairly lucrative Oscar pool, so I’m also erring a bit on the side of caution. The predictions you’re about to see are identical to the ones I submitted to my pool, so you’ll have a pretty good idea of how I did by the time the night is over. So without further ado, here’s the names I’m hoping to see called tonight!

BEST PICTURE

Nominees:

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman
  3. Boyhood
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. The Imitation Game
  6. Selma
  7. The Theory of Everything
  8. Whiplash

PREDICTION: Boyhood

BEST DIRECTOR

Nominees:

  1. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  2. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  3. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  4. Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  5. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

PREDICTION: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

BEST ACTOR

Nominees:

  1. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  2. Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  4. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  5. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

PREDICTION: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

BEST ACTRESS

Nominees:

  1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  2. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  3. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  4. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  5. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

PREDICTION: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nominees:

  1. Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  2. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  3. Edward Norton (Birdman)
  4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  5. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

PREDICTION: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Nominees:

  1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  2. Laura Dern (Wild)
  3. Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  4. Emma Stone (Birdman)
  5. Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)

PREDICTION: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

  1. American Sniper
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Inherent Vice
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. Whiplash

PREDICTION: The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

  1. Birdman
  2. Boyhood
  3. Foxcatcher
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Nightcrawler

PREDICTION: Birdman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Nominees:

  1. Big Hero 6
  2. The Boxtrolls
  3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
  4. Song of the Sea
  5. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

PREDICTION: How To Train Your Dragon 2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees:

  1. Birdman
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Ida
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. Unbroken

PREDICTION: Birdman

COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees:

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. Into The Woods
  4. Maleficent
  5. Mr. Turner

PREDICTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE

Nominees:

  1. Citizenfour
  2. Finding Vivian Maier
  3. Last Days in Vietnam
  4. The Salt of the Earth
  5. Virunga

PREDICTION: Citizenfour

BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT

Nominees:

  1. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  2. Joanna
  3. Our Curse
  4. The Reaper (La Parka)
  5. White Earth

PREDICTION: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

BEST FILM EDITING

Nominees:

  1. American Sniper
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Whiplash

PREDICTION: Boyhood

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nominees:

  1. Ida
  2. Leviathan
  3. Tangerines
  4. Timbuktu
  5. Wild Tales

PREDICTION: Ida

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Nominees:

  1. Foxcatcher
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy

PREDICTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Nominees:

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Interstellar
  4. Mr. Turner
  5. The Theory of Everything

PREDICTION: The Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Nominees:

  1. “Everything Is Awesome” (The LEGO Movie)
  2. “Glory” (Selma)
  3. “Grateful” (Beyond The Lights)
  4. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me)
  5. “Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

PREDICTION: “Glory” (Selma)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees:

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Interstellar
  4. Into The Woods
  5. Mr. Turner

PREDICTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SHORT FILM – ANIMATION

Nominees:

  1. The Bigger Picture
  2. The Dam Keeper
  3. Feast
  4. Me and My Moulton
  5. A Single Life

PREDICTION: Feast

BEST SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION

Nominees:

  1. Aya
  2. Boogaloo and Graham
  3. Butter Lamp (La Lampe au beurre de yak)
  4. Parvaneh
  5. The Phone Call

PREDICTION: The Phone Call

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees:

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  4. Interstellar
  5. Unbroken

PREDICTION: American Sniper

BEST SOUND MIXING

Nominees:

  1. American Sniper
  2. Birdman
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  4. Unbroken
  5. Whiplash

PREDICTION: Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees:

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Interstellar
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

PREDICTION: Interstellar

I’ll update this post after the actual Oscars tonight to see how I did overall. Hopefully this helps any of you filling out your last-minute predictions. Good luck in all of your Oscar Pools!

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