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Oscar 2015 Composite Winner Predictions

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Oscar 2015 Composite Winner Predictions
Oscar 2015 Composite Winner Predictions

Below is a complete list of our predicted winners at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Picture: Birdman
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Adapted Screenplay: Whiplash
Foreign Language: Ida
Documentary Feature: Virunga
Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Documentary Short: Our Curse
Animated Short: The Dam Keeper
Live Action Short: The Phone Call
Film Editing: Whiplash
Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cinematography: Birdman
Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Score: The Theory of Everything
Song: “Glory,” Selma
Sound Editing: American Sniper
Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Visual Effects: Interstellar

Ranking Oscar’s 2015 Nominees

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Ranking Oscar’s 2015 Nominees
Ranking Oscar’s 2015 Nominees

We’re just shy of a week away from the 87th annual Academy Awards, hosted by charmer of millions Neil Patrick Harris. Right up until the day before the big event, NPH lookalike Eric Henderson and myself are dispassionately diagnosing one category a day (you can read our predictions here). This year, 60 films received nominations across 24 categories, and with the exception of Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, I’ve seen them all. And in what’s become an annual tradition, I’ve ranked the films, from the most euphoric to the most pungent.

Oscar 2015 Winner Predictions Animated Short

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Oscar 2015 Winner Predictions: Animated Short
Oscar 2015 Winner Predictions: Animated Short

If you don’t believe the tide turned long ago in favor of Boyhood winning best picture, the nominees spread across this year’s shorts categories remind us that existentialist angst has never been so obsessively on the mind of the AMPAS voter. And yet, the two shorts we feel most confident in ruling out here convey the process of aging on a path so linear that it almost appears square: A Single Life, about a young woman who stumbles upon a vinyl record that allows her to travel through her own life, doesn’t transcend its particularly uninspired premise, while the delightfully observed Feast, about a man’s life as seen through the eyes of a pooch with the appetite of longshoreman, is so perilously sweet as to be dangerous to the heart.