The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and it’s time to make some predictions. Without further ado…

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone (Birdman)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

A lot of great actresses are in this category. Laura Dern and Meryl Streep can be perennial nominees, and Emma Stone has been great ever since crashing onto the scene. However, I’m going with the actress that displayed the most emotional acting without over doing it. Wasn’t the greatest performance I’ve ever seen, but her steady, dependable acting stayed true through the entire film, which took 12 years to film.

The Oscar goes to… Patricia Arquette

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)

Just like some other categories, I thought a certain someone had this one wrapped up until I saw another performance. Norton definitely shined in Birdman, and even became my favorite character. However, the tour de force performance by my winner, almost demanded that it be handed to him instead.

The Oscar goes to… J.K. Simmons

Best Director

Alexandro Iñárritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

I really wanted to pick Iñárritu due to the way Birdman was filmed, and up until recently, it had my vote. Then I learned about a new film and a director that took a 12-year time frame and different concept for filming movies.

The Oscar goes to… Richard Linklater

Best Leading Actress

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

Loved every single one of these ladies in their respective films. It was hard to narrow down to one, but you might think that my pick is somewhat of a dark horse. In a surprise win..

The Oscar goes to… Rosamund Pike

Best Leading Actor

Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

I really wanted to pick Steve Carell for this, when I first saw a preview for Foxcatcher. I thought Carell nailed this performance, and he did. However, after watching the other nominees, I could have picked anyone, and it would be a good pick. After thinking long and hard, I narrowed it down to my top two picks, which I felt took acting to another level.

The Oscar goes to… Bradley Cooper

Best Picture

American Sniper
Imitation Game
Theory of Everything
Grand Budapest Hotel

I wasn’t impressed with this year’s class for best picture nominees, however I thought all were good films. Nothing really blew me away when I watched it, and automatically thought, “that will be the winner.” I highly enjoyed Birdman’s quirkiness and great story telling of American Sniper. Boyhood and Whiplash held my attention long enough to keep pace, but other than that, nothing else compares.

The Oscar goes to… American Sniper

Just like Hurt Locker wasn’t the best picture the year it won, American Sniper might take the award due to Americans needing something to rally around, even with all the controversy surrounding it.

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Article written by guest author Ben Sarro

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