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Here are the nominees for Best Picture:

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Who Should Win: I’m trying not to let my opinion be corrupted now by reading other people’s thoughts and go back to my gut when I saw each film myself.  Most ambitious concept? Boyhood. Most important? Selma. Best all around craft in front of and behind the camera? The Theory of Everything.  Most fun to we actor types? Birdman.  The most ‘traditionally Best Picture-y’ film of the bunch is ‘The Theory of Everything’ so let’s go there.

Who I’m Cheering For: My brutally honest opinion is I’m cheering for Selma.

Who Will Win: Years without a runaway Best Picture open the door for dark horses. As they have with the guilds, Boyhood and Birdman split their votes down the middle, leaving the door open for American Sniper to win.

Enjoy the show!

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Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Laura Dern – Wild

Keira Knightley – the Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Who Should Win: Hm.  Meryl is the definition of ‘legacy nominations’, I felt like Laura Dern’s character was more important to the story than the actual performance.  I’d argue Arquette’s was really a lead performance, so that leaves two.  I’d barely put Keira over Emma because of what each character meant to the story that was being told.

Who I’m Cheering For: As I noted in my reviews, both Keira and Emma showed things in their performances that were new (and good).  I’d be happy for either of them, but…

Who Will Win: Has Patricia Arquette lost any award yet?  I don’t think so…

Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall – the Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Who Should Win: It would be really hard to go wrong with any choice this year, but really Simmons stands above the rest.

Who I’m Cheering For: The first ballot Character Actor Hall of Famer of course!  Go J.K.!

Who Will Win: The worthy ‘congrats on a great That Guy career’ star of the moment, J.K. Simmons.

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Here are the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

Jason Hall – American Sniper

Graham Moore – the Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten – the Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Who Should Win: Another tough category where I can easily see the case for every nominee.  Based on the story being told, my gut says ‘the Imitation Game’.  Making ‘the father of computers’ interesting is no easy cinematic feat.

Who I’m Cheering For: P.T.A. just out of lifelong appreciation and fandom for his individuality.

Who Will Win: Not the first time you’ll hear me say, I won’t be surprised if American Sniper pulls this one out.  It’s (very obviously) a fan favorite.

Here are the nominees for Best Original Screenplay:

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr & Armando Bo – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Who Should Win: Wes Anderson had made many ‘Wes Anderson’ films before, Birdman (to its fault in this category) feels very ‘improv’ed’ at times, so in a vacuum I’d say Nightcrawler.

Who I’m Cheering For: The auteur in me is cheering for Wes.

Who Will Win: If Birdman runs through every category, it starts here.  But the wind seems to be blowing in Wes Anderson’s direction at the moment.

 

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Here are the nominees for Best Director:

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Who Should Win: Probably the nominee I have the strongest opinion about this year.  Has Wes won this yet?  Cause (like all his films) I can’t imagine anyone else doing ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.  But having said that, ‘Birdman’ is the most original of the nominees.  Inarritu should win this.

Who I’m Cheering For: Inarritu.  He made the filmmaker’s film this year.

Who Will Win: Richard Linklater of course, just to spite me and make me look petty and foolish.

‘Boyhood’

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One of the lead horses for Best Picture.  No one can deny the ambition or not be impressed that Linklater actually pulled this off.

I don’t remember who I should credit for this but I think it’s true: where you’re at in life directly impacts how you take ‘Boyhood’ in.  If you’re close to having an empty nest, I think it hits you the hardest.  If you’ve still got little ones at your ankles still, you’ll feel it but in a different way.  And so on.

Patricia Arquette has been running away with the awards so far, that’s unlikely to change.  Personally I was most impressed by Gregg Popovich with the shocking turn as the evil stepfather (I know only some of you will get that joke).

I thought it was telling the Producer’s Guild went in another direction, but we’ll know soon enough if that really means anything.  Still a classic Linklater film.