Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Predicting the 2015 Oscar Nominations

Oscar Nominations will be handed out tomorrow morning and after skimming over the long list of precursor awards, I'm going to give my best predictions for the names you should expect to make the final cut tomorrow in the major race. So here they are, my 2015 Oscar Nominee predictions:

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominees: Birdman, Boyhood, FoxcatcherThe Grand Budapest Hotel and Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominees: American SniperGone Girl, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominees: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), Emma Stone (Birdman) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Nominees: ** Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

**Note: In a surprise change of events after BAFTA nominations listed Steve Carell in the Supporting Actor race, many are expecting Carell will land here rather than Lead Actor, but there's still plenty of uncertainty.

Lead Actress

Predicted Nominees: Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Lead Actor

Predicted Nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Director

Predicted Nominees: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Best Picture

Predicted Nominees: BirdmanBoyhood, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, NightcrawlerSelma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash

*** Stay tuned tomorrow for a reaction to the announced nominees!

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