Oscar Preview 2015 – Best Actor & Best Actress

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Here are the nominees for 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

Who Should Win: While I normally feel meh about ‘career achievement’ awards, Julianne Moore is a respectable choice, with no shame given to Amazing Amy and Reese Witherspoon.

Who I’m Cheering For: As a man, I’m still too terrified to vote for Rosamund Pike.  I’m kidding.  I’m cheering for Julianne Moore. (looking over my shoulder…)

Who Will Win: Julianne should provide one of Sunday’s feel good moments.

Here are the nominees for Best Actor:

Benedict Cumberbatch – the Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Eddie Redmayne – the Theory of Everything

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Who Should Win: One last time, this is one of those years were a strong case could be made for all five of these guys.  Carell for going so far outside of his known wheelhouse, Redmayne for his physical commitment, Cooper just for being nominated three years in a row (as Josh Lucas puts more pins in his Bradley Cooper voodoo doll).  This feels like the extremely rare year where a ‘comic actor’ will be respected for giving the best performance.

Who I’m Cheering For: Umm…really?

Who Will Win: Hate to say it, but my gut says Bradley Cooper…

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