Predictions: 87th Academy Awards

By Nick Anstett

Elm Staff Writer


The 87th Academy Awards are coming up to recognize the many great films of this past year. Even before the ceremony, this year’s Oscars were making headlines with controversial nomination choices that underrepresented racial minorities and women while also snubbing some of the best received films of the year (“Selma”, “The Lego Movie”). Regardless, the ceremony is sure to be a close race with multiple films competing for the top slots. I have broken down the nominees for each individual category and added in my picks.

Best Picture:

“American Sniper”

“Boyhood” (Will Win)

“Birdman” (Nick’s Pick)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“The Theory of Everything”



Best Director:

Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, “Birdman” (Nick’s Pick)

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” (Will Win)

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tydlum, “The Imitation Game”


Best Leading Actor:

Steve Carrell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman” (Will Win / Nick’s Pick)

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”


Best Leading Actress:

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (Will Win)

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl” (Nick’s Pick)

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood” (Nick’s Pick)

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” (Will Win)


Best Supporting Actress: 

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” (Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Kiera Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”


Best Original Screenplay:

“Birdman” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone,

Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Nick’s Pick)

“Boyhood” Richard Linklater

“Foxcatcher” E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson (Will Win)

“Nightcralwer” Dan Gilroy


Best Adapted Screenplay:

“American Sniper” Jason Hall

“The Imitation Game” Graham Moore (Nick’s Pick)

“Inherent Vice” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Theory of Everything” Anthony McCarten

“Whiplash” Damien Chazelle (Will Win)


Best Animated Feature:

“Big Hero 6”

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”


Best Cinematography:

“Birdman” (Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”


“Mr. Turner”



Best Film Editing:

“American Sniper”

“Boyhood” (Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”



Best Production Design:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“The Imitation Game”


“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”


Best Costume Design:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero

(Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“Inherent Vice,” Mark Bridges

“Into the Woods,” Colleen Atwood

“Maleficent,” Anna B. Sheppard

“Mr. Turner,” Jacqueline Durran


Best Original Score:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat

“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat 

(Will Win/Nick’s Pick)

“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer

“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon

“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson


Best Original Song 

“Everything is Awesome” The Lego Movie

“Glory” Selma (Will Win, Nick’s Pick)

“Grateful” Beyond the Lights

“I’m Not Going to Miss You” Glem Bampbel, I’ll Be Me

“Lost Stars” Begin Again


Best Visual Effects:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Nick’s Pick”)

“Interstellar” (Will Win)

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”


Best Make Up and Hairstyling:

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (Nick’s Pick)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Will Win)



Best Sound Mixing:

“American Sniper”

“Interstellar” (Nick’s Pick)

“Whiplash” (Will Win)




Best Sound Editing:

“American Sniper” (Will Win)


“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

“Interstellar” (Nick’s Pick)



The 87th Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m., hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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