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The 87th Academy Awards: Predictions

Updated on February 23, 2015

The 87th Academy Awards

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015

Time: 7:00 P.M. (EST), 4:00 (PST)

Network: ABC


The time has rolled around again for that golden man to be back in the spotlight. That golden man's name is Oscar. The 87th Academy Awards will be in full swing Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The bright lights will be shining twice as brighter, the celebs will be dressed from head to toe in their designer best and the red carpet will be rolled out. One of Hollywood's biggest nights will look like one huge all-out party. Neil Patrick Harris will be this year's host and MC for the Oscars. Sunday, movies, the people who have been nominated for these films, in front of and behind the camera, will hear the five famous words, "And the Oscar Goes To..." Here's my predictions on who and what movies will be hearing those words; there are some overwhelming favorites but there can be some sleepers at the Oscars that can pull an upset the favorite and take the Oscar home.

Best Picture

American Sniper
American Sniper
Selma
Selma
Boyhood
Boyhood
Birdman
Birdman
The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
Whiplash
Whiplash
The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Picture

"American Sniper"

"Selma"

:"Boyhood"

"Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

"The Imitation Game"

"Whiplash"

"The Theory of Everything"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"


Prediction: I know "American Sniper" is the overwhelming favorite to take home the Oscar, but I think "Boyhood" will pull the upset with all the buzz it created last year. But, "American Sniper", "Selma" or even "Birdman" are huge sleepers.


Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Actor?

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Best Actor

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Steve Carell
Steve Carell
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper - "American Sniper"

Michael Keaton - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Steve Carell - "Foxcatcher"

Benedict Cumberbach - "The Imitation Game"

Eddie Redmayne - "The Theory of Everything"


Prediction: I know Bradley Cooper is the favorite to win, but I think MIchael Keaton will pull off the upset and take the Oscar riding the momentum from his Golden Globe Award win last month.


Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Picture?

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Best Actress

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones

Best Actress

Reese Witherspoon - "Wild"

Rosamund Pike - "Gone Girl"

Julianne Moore - "Still Alice"

Marion Cotillard - "Two Days, One Night"

Felicity Jones - "The Theory of Everything"


Prediction: Julianne Moore will take home the Oscar for Best Actress, but Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are sleepers who can take home the award as well.

Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Actress?

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Best Actor In a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
Edward Norton
Edward Norton
J.K. Simmons
J.K. Simmons

Best Actor In a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall - "The Judge"

Ethan Hawke - "Boyhood"

Mark Ruffalo - "Foxcatcher"

Edward Norton - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

J.K. Simmons - "Whiplash"


Prediction: This is a great group of actors that are nominated for playing supporting roles in these films. But, Ethan Hawke will take home his first Oscar in his career. Although, all of the other nominees in this category are huge sleepers for this award.


Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor?

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Best Actress In a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Laura Dern
Laura Dern
Emma Stone
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette - "Boyhood"

Laura Dern - "Wild"

Emma Stone - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Meryl Streep - "Into the Woods"

Keira Knightley - "The Imitation Game"


Prediction: As the same with Best Supporting Actor, this one is too close to call as well. There's an excellent group of actresses that are nominated for these supporting roles. But, Patricia Arquette will take home the Oscar.

Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress?

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Best Director

Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
Alejandro Inarritu
Alejandro Inarritu
Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller
Morten Tyldum
Morten Tyldum

Best Director

Wes Anderson - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Alejandro Inarritu - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ingnorance)"

Richard Linklater - "Boyhood"

Bennett Miller - "Foxcatcher"

Morten Tyldum - "The Imitation Game"


Prediction: The Oscar will go to Richard Linklater. But, Wes Anderson, Bennett Miller and Alejandro Inarritu are sleepers for this Award.


Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Director?

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Best Animated Film

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
The Tales of Princess Kaguya
The Tales of Princess Kaguya

Best Animated Film

"Big Hero 6"

"The Boxtrolls"

"How to Train Your Dragon 2"

"Song of the Sea"

"The Tales of the Princess Kaguya"


Prediction: "Big Hero 6"

Who Will the Oscar for Best Animated Film?

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Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Richard Linklater - "Boyhood"

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - "Foxcatcher"

Wes Anderson - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Dan Gilroy - "Nightcrawler"


Prediction: "Boyhood" or "Birdman"

Who Will Win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?

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Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Jason Hall - "American Sniper"

Graham Moore - "The Imitation Game"

Anthony McCarten - "The Theory of Everything"

Paul Thomas Anderson - "Inherent Vice"

Damien Chazelle - "Whiplash"


Prediction: "American Sniper"

Who Will the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay?

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Best Music (Original Song)

Best Music (Original Song)

"Everything Is Awesome" (from "The Lego Movie") - Music and Lyrics by Shawn Patterson

"Glory" (from "Selma") - Music and Lyrics by John Stephens (aka John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (aka Common)

"Grateful" (from "Beyond the Lights") Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (from "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me") - Music and Lyrics by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

"Lost Stars" (from "Begin Again") - Music and Lyrics by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois


Prediction: "Everything Is Awesome" or "Glory"


Which Song Will the Oscar for Best Original Song?

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