Best bets at this year’s Oscars

Best bets at this year’s Oscars

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The pageantry, the celebrities, the outfits! Oh, and don’t forget the movies. Yes, the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards have been announced and there is both jubilation and disappointment with the nominees. For every film that is nominated, there are five more that were snubbed.

The discussions wave back and forth between if some of the nominees truly deserve to be honored and what films were left off the ballots. But as predictable as the awards can be and trivial as award shows are, the Oscars are still a celebration of film. The show will be broadcasted on Feb. 23 and if you’re like me, you’ll be wanting the best picks for your Oscar pool. Here is a rundown of the major categories and who will win and should win for each.

Grand budapest hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

Now that the Academy can nominate up to 10 Best Picture nominees, it almost seems trivial. Some nominees are truly deserving, while others it seems like the Academy is just throwing them a bone. “Selma,” which is a fantastic film, was one of the biggest snubs as it only got two nominees and its Best Picture nominee seems more like a courtesy. The Academy loves biographical films so it’s no surprise that “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” got nods. But for all the complaining, there are still some great films in the mix like “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash.”

Who will win: “Boyhood”
Who should win: “Boyhood”
Who should be there: “Under the Skin”

Big hero 6

Big Hero 6

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”

One of the biggest stories coming out of the nominations was the snub of “The Lego Movie.” Not only was this film thought to get a lock nomination, but it was the perceived winner. But there are some great films in that bunch.


Who will win:
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Who should win: “Big Hero 6”
Who should be there: “The Lego Movie”

Alexandro G. Iñárritu

Alexandro G. Iñárritu

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “

The Imitation Game”Of these five nominees, three are celebrating their first nomination. Linklater, Anderson and Tyldum are all new to this game and it should be a hotly contested award. Linklater and Anderson have been in the business for years and are still doing strong work.

Who will win:
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Who should win: Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Who should be there: Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Out of this group, only one nominee is an original character. I respect an actor playing a real person, but giving these types of performances nominations seems arbitrary sometimes.

Who will win: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Who should win: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Who should be there: David Oyelowo, “Selma”

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Now this is the type of category I like to see—a mix of original characters and biographical performances. Plus you have award veterans in the fold like Cotillard, More and Witherspoon, in addition to the newer ones such as Pike and Jones. Moore may be the clear favorite here, but look out for Jones pulling an upset.

Who will win: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Who should win: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Who should be there: Scarlett Johansson, “Under the Skin”

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