Oscar Results and Snubs of 2015 and important updates on what to expect moving forward.

Stevennix2001's Prediction Stats for 2015:

Ratio if you consider the possible upsets into the Equation:

10/ 10

Ratio of you don't consider the possible upset picks:

7 / 10


Prediction Ratio Percentage for 2015:

85 %

Introduction

Another year has passed. The Academy Awards are over, and it's time to honor this year's winners, and snubs for this year's Oscar race. Sadly, like last year, this hub is late being published (yes I know that's an understatement), so I do apologize to all my readers for that. Unfortunately, I've been busy working, dealing with drama in my own life, health issues and job hunting these days that I haven't really had time to work on this article. Plus, I've been a bit lazy these days writing articles on hubpages if any of you haven't noticed.

Yes, I know some of you may point out some bulls*** like, "Well if you had time to write those other reviews, then you have time to work on this article. That's no excuse, Mr. Steven." Yes, I know that. I'm not trying to make excuses for myself or anything of that nature. I'm merely offering an explanation because I feel you all deserve one.

But before we get started, I would like to extend a special shout out some of hubpages' esteem writers that have helped me put this together. Thank you so much for your contribution, and as promised, the links to their profiles will be spread throughout this hub article, so anyone reading this can check out their work by simply clicking their name.. Sadly, I wasn't expecting the amount of snub listings, since I usually get a lot of them. And due to time constraints, I won't be able to list all your suggestions, but I did put in most of them as promised.

I would also like to announce that this year will be the last year that I'll ever be doing an Oscar prediction hub series moving forward. The reason why that is because even though I put in so much hard work and hours into these prediction hub series, they still only generate minuscule traffic at best. In fact, it barely makes the time working on these things worth it, so I decided this'll be the last hub that you'll ever find me talking about the Oscars again.

I apologize to those readers out there that do enjoy my Oscar hubs, but I see no point in spending countless of hours working on a prediction series, where I might only get 50 or less views on the first day before they die out. Hardly seems worth it to me.

However, I will continue to review movies that are nominated in the main categories for the Oscars like "Best Picture", any screenplay nominated film, any movie featuring an Oscar nominated actor, best animated feature and etc. That's not going to change. I just won't be doing a prediction hub series anymore because it hardly seems worth it. I might still do an Oscar snubs hub, or possibly a series out of that. I honestly don't know yet, but we'll see.

However, I won't bother doing predictions for the Oscars anymore. Nobody ever reads them anyway, so I doubt anyone will care once they're gone. Same with the Razzie prediction series I experimented with earlier this year. I did that prediction hub for the Razzies, as a bit of an experiment to see how popular it would be considering hardly anyone does a razzie predictions article online, but that got even less views than my Oscar prediction series, so don't count on that being around either.

I do apologize if it sounds like I'm making excuses, or blaming this on anyone. I'm not. If anyone deserves blame, then it should be me. I was the one that promised more than I could chew, and I know I let you all down because of it. For that, I apologize sincerely. Anyway, I'm just letting my readers know what's going on with my situation, and what changes you should expect. Also, I would like to point out for those that have noticed there's been no preview movie series by me for next year that's because they've cancelled indefinitely as well.

Like the Oscar predictions, those don't get a lot of traffic either; hence it's a waste of time for me to work on. Plus, I never finish those things on time anyway because I always leave out "Best Dramas of (insert year here)" every year along with other categories that I always try to get done on time. Plus, they're usually a royal pain in the a** to update all the time anyway, so I won't be doing them anymore.

However, I will continue to do movie reviews, along with any other hub topic that tickles my fancy. "Critic's Corner" will come back sometime next year. I don't know when that'll happen, but it will soon. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I promise you that next year will be a lot different. And who knows? Maybe in 2017, I might bring back the Oscar predictions, or I might not. Only time will tell.

Anyways, I just want to say thank you all for following me, as it's been a real honor and privilege writing these things for you. I only hope that in time I can get better at this job because you deserve more, and should expect more. Have a good day everyone, and happy new year.

Also for those of you looking for my best and worst films list of 2014, then expect that to be coming out sometime within the next few weeks. That much I will promise you all will happen. Anyways, I'll see you all again next year, and goodnight.

Oscar Results

Oscar Category
Winner(s)
 
Best Picture
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
 
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore
Still Alice
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons
Whiplash
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette
Boyhood
Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
 
Best Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Costume Design
Milena Canonero
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Film Editing
Tom Cross
Whiplash
Documentary Short Subject
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Documentary Feature
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
CitizenFour
Foreign Language Film
Ida
 
Makeup and Hairstyling
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Original Score
Alexandre Desplat
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Animated Short Film
Feast
 
Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
 
Original Song
"Glory" by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Selma
Best Live Action Short Film
The Phone Call
 
Sound Editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
American Sniper
Sound Mixing
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Whiplash
Visual Effects
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
Interstellar
Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore
The Imitation Game
Original Screenplay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Picture Winner: Birdman

To be honest, I wasn't expecting "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to win an Oscar this year for "Best Picture." With all the hype about how "Boyhood" was this alleged revolutionary film because of how it was made, I thought it was almost a forgone conclusion that "Boyhood" would end up winning "Best Picture." Boy, I was certainly wrong on that one.

However, I'm not complaining. After all, "Birdman" was clearly the better movie out of all the nominations for "Best Picture" this year, so I'm glad it won "Best Picture." Although I would've liked to have seen Michael Keaton walk away with an Oscar this year for his performance in "Birdman", as I would argue that it's probably the best role that he's ever done in his career.

However, Eddie Redmayne did give a far superior performance in "The Theory of Everything", so I can't complain too much about it.

In the end, it looks like the best movie won the coveted award at this year's Oscars, and who can complain about that? I just hope this could be a sign of things to come from Keaton because if he keeps making films like this, then I wouldn't be surprised if he does win that all elusive Oscar at some point in his career.

Oscar Snubs for 2015

Although most of the nominations and awards were pretty spot on for the most part at this year's Oscar race. The reality is that even the Academy can botch things up every once in awhile. And with thousands of films that come out each year, there's always going to be someone that was either snubbed out of a well deserved nomination, or possible victory, due to either heavy competition in said category, or they may have simply been forgotten.

It happens all the time, and that's why this part of the article will be dedicated to the Oscar snubs of 2015. As we go through this list, I'll be mentioning the names of the people that helped me with this hub for each snub that they helped list, and you'll hear my brief thoughts on their picks as well. Of course, I'll still add some of my own snubs too if I can help it.

Anyway, now that we've gotten that little explanation out of the way, it's time to get this show started.

Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) - Miran Shuleta says that Jake Gyllenhaal was snubbed out of a well deserved Oscar nomination this year for "Best Actor in a Lead Role", and I couldn't agree with him more. To be honest, I was probably going to put Jake's name down anyway; regardless if anyone else suggested it or not. However, I'm glad someone else here did because it means I'm not the only one that felt that Jake's mesmerizing performance in "Nightcrawler" was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination this year.

Winter Sleep - This is another recommendation coming from Miran Shuleta came up with, as he believes that this film was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination for "Best Foreign Language Film." I can't comment on whether I agree with this assessment or not because I haven't seen the movie. However, Miran highly recommends it, so I'd probably take his word for it.

The Lego Movie - It seems like this was the only film that all three of my contributors (Miran Shuleta, DannoMan, and kotobukijake) agreed on being snubbed out of a well deserved Oscar nomination for "Best Animated Feature."

Although kotobukijake was the only one to suggest that "The Lego Movie" should be nominated for "Best Original Screenplay" as well. Personally, I do agree with all my associates that "The Lego Movie" definitely did deserve to get nominated for "Best Animated Feature", and the screenplay did arguably warrant some consideration for "Best Original Screenplay."

However, the only problem that I have with that is you'd have to ask yourself...what movie would you have removed in it's place? Would you have removed "Foxcatcher?" What about "The Grand Budapest Hotel?" Or what about the other nominees like "Birdman", "Boyhood" and "Nightcrawler?" Would you take any of those films out?

Sadly, unlike the "Best Animated Feature" category where you can easily pick one or two of those movies to be interchanged, it's not the same case for the "Best Original Screenplay" category because each of those films did deserve their nominations as well. However, the script was good though, and I can definitely see what kotobukijake was talking about.

David Oyelowo (Selma) - This is another nomination that was mentioned by Miran Shuleta, as he feels David was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for "Selma", and frankly I don't disagree. It's almost a crying shame he was passed over for a nomination for his stellar role as the iconic historical figure, Martin Luther King Jr. However, "Selma' was at least nominated for "Best Picture", which is something at least.

Yet, you had actors like Bradley Cooper who did NOT deserve to be nominated for this year's Oscar race for "American Sniper." Granted, he did put on a solid role in the movie, but he didn't deserve to be nominated over David Oyelowo or Jake Gyllenhaal as far as I'm concerned. None of my colleagues were willing to bring that up, but I will.

Ava Duvernay (Selma) - Speaking of the biopic centered around Martin Luther King Jr., Miran also suggested that the film's director, Ava, was snubbed out of a possible consideration for "Best Director" for her work on "Selma" last year. And to be honest, I can definitely see his point. Although I can reasonably understand why Ava was snubbed in light of the heavy competition this year in that category. Plus, it's not like Ava would've won over Linklater or Alejandro anyway. However, I do agree that she should've been nominated this year for "Best Director."

Gone Girl - Another film that was recommended by Miran was last year's "Gone Girl", as he feels it not only should've been nominated for "Best Picture" this year, but both him and kotobukijake both feel it was snubbed out of a well deserved nomination for "Best Adapted Screenplay" as well.

Granted, I can't say that I've read the book myself, but I did think the story was well written in the film. Plus, I do agree with them that "Gone Girl" was probably one of the best films of last year, and it rightfully deserved to be nominated for "Best Picture."

Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) - And speaking of "Gone Girl", kotobukijake also suggested that he believes Carrie Coon was snubbed out of a possible nomination for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role", and I can definitely see his point. But like the issues that I had about his suggestion for "The Lego Movie" being nominated for "Best Original Screenplay", the only problem is which actress would you haven taken out for her? I mean you could make a valid argument that all the actresses that did get nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" this year equally deserved their respected nominations.

Summer Noon (Boyhood) - kotobukijake firmly believes this should've been nominated for "Best Original Song", and I have to say I agree because it was a beautiful song to listen to. Although it's nowhere near as great as "Glory", or "Everything is Awesome", but I do concur that "Summer Noon" probably should've been nominated somewhere for that category.

Boyhood - Speaking of "Boyhood", Miran Shuleta says that he believes that "Boyhood" was robbed out of a well deserved Oscar for "Best Picture" this year, as he feels it should've won over "Birdman." And even though I can see his point, I have to respectfully disagree.

The reality is "Birdman" was just a better movie overall in terms of story, directing, cinematography and etc. Granted, Linklater's approach to "Boyhood" was revolutionary, and it had a unique concept that one could argue warranted an Oscar for "Best Picture." And for it's ingenuous concept alone, I do agree with Miran that "Boyhood" did deserve to win "Best Picture" this year.

However, "Birdman" was the more entertaining film, so I can't really complain too much about it.

Leviathan - Miran Shuleta claims this should've won "Best Foreign Picture", and I can't say whether or not I agree because I was never able to see this film. However, I have heard a lot of rave things about it, and it sounds like a great movie from what I've heard about it.

Interstellar- Miran Shuleta's final contribution to this hub was his suggestion about the scoring for "interstellar being snubbed out of a well deserved win at "Best Original Score." And to be quite honest, I have to concur for the most part, as Hans Zimmer has always been known to do fantastic work on scoring films, and this recent movie he did is certainly no exception.

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)- kotobukijake says that Ralph Fiennes was robbed out of a well deserved nomination for "Best Actor", and I have to agree. His performance in the film was exquisite and charming. In fact, I'm a bit saddened it hasn't gotten more praises since it's release.

kotobukijake also goes on to claim that it should've won "Best Original Screenplay" as well. Although I can definitely see where he's coming from, I will say that I honestly felt "Birdman" was better written. However, he is right that it's a crying shame that Wes Anderson still hasn't been able to add an Oscar to his resume thus far.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya- kotobukijake also mentions how "Tale of Princess Kaguya" was not only robbed out of a well deserved Oscar for "Best Animated Feature" (which I agree with wholeheartedly), but he also claims the film should've nominated for "Best Picture", "Production Design", "Best Film Editing" and "Original Score." When he originally brought up these suggestions, I wasn't sure what to think at first, but kotobukijake is right, as the sad reality is that this great movie suffers from getting a limited theatrical release. And since most US citizens refuse to admit that cartoons can be for adults just as much kids, it's no wonder why this great masterpiece never gets the credit it truly deserves.

Guardians of the Galaxy- kotobukijake surprises me with this suggestion, as he believes "Guardians of the Galaxy" not only should've been nominated for "Best Picture", but he believes it should've gotten "Best Adapted Screenplay" as well.

While I do agree with him that "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a great movie, I'm not entirely sure I would agree with nominating it for the categories he's suggesting. Besides, if I had to nominate a superhero film in either of those categories, then I'd probably either go with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" or "Captain America: Winter Soldier" instead, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

Birdman- kotobukijake also suggests that "Birdman" was snubbed out of "Best Editing", and I can agree. Upon further research, it seems that the film wasn't shot in one simultaneous shot like it appeared on screen, but it merely edited that way; hence I couldn't agree more.

Naomi Watts (Birdman)- kotobukijake suggested that Naomi Watts should've also gotten an nomination for her performance in "Birdman." While I can't say I agree with him completely on that, I will admit that she was good in her role.

That's all folks!
That's all folks!

© 2015 Steven Escareno

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