By Christy Blevins
The announcements are up and the countdown to the 87th Academy Awards has started. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the Oscars will show on Feb. 22, so it is time to set up your own predictions.
Here is a quick reminder of the most popular category nominations and the most popular predictions for each category.
The nominations for best picture includes: Boyhood, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.
After reading numerous articles and asking around, the majority prediction seems to be for Boyhood. This coming of age film was a project which spanned over twelve years and was an early favorite for the category. Why change our minds now?
The nominations for best director go to Alexandro Inarritu for Birdman, Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, and Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher.
My personal bet would be for Wes Anderson, because I thoroughly enjoyed the filmography of The Grand Budapest Hotel; however, it seems most of the more qualified predictions are aiming for Alexandro Inarritu for his stunning approach to Birdman.
The best actor nominations belong to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Michael Keaton for Birdman, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, and Steve Carell for Foxcatcher.
It seems that though Keaton was the early favorite to take the Oscar. Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking has won over audiences. And, with the challenge of spending much of the film in a wheelchair and not speaking, it seems that Redmayne is the new favorite to take the Oscar. Fingers crossed!
Nominated for best actress are Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Reese Witherspoon for Wild, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, Marion Cotillard for Two Days One Night, and Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything.
The favorite vote seems to go to Julianne Moore for her, as described by Entertainment, “Brilliant” performance as a 50-year-old woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Moore has never won an Oscar, but is not new to receiving a nomination. It is about time for her to win one, but even though, who knows what is in store?
Best Supporting Actor
For best supporting actor the nominees include: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash, Edward Norton for Birdman, Ethan Hawke for Boyhood, Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, Robert Duvall for The Judge.
From lots of research, the favorite to win goes to J.K. Simmons, though my personal bet to win is Edward Norton for his performance in Birdman.
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actress nominees go to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, Emma Stone for Birdman, Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game, Meryl Streep for Into the Woods, and Laura Dern for Wild.
Obviously everyone is going to predict Meryl Streep for this, right? She wins everything and she’s beautifully talented. Or what about Emma Stone, one of my personal favorites? No. The most predicted to win this category is actually Patricia Arquette for honest and natural performance.
Best Original Screenplay
The same movies crowd the best original screenplay category. These include: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, and one that we haven’t seen in the nominations yet, Nightcrawler.
The favorite for this one overall is The Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie is whimsical, entertaining, clever and colorful. All requirements to win this category and its cleverness give it a slight edge to the competitors in my opinion.
Last but not least we look at the Best Animated Feature category.
Nominated for this category is Big Hero 6, Song of the Sea, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
This time my prediction actually matches the favorite to win which is How to Train Your Dragon 2. This film upset the Lego movie, and is smart enough to pull out a (hopefully) easy victory.
This covers the more popular categories, but there are more and you can find all of the nominees on oscars.go.com and create your own scorecard there as well. Who’s your favorite to win? Tweet us @RCbracketyack.