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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 Documentary

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Oscar 2015 Winner Predictions: Documentary
Oscar 2015 Winner Predictions: Documentary

Yes, the photo above is not of Edward Snowden, subject of Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour. The presumptive frontrunner in this category since it materialized almost out of the ether and was announced as a last-minute addition to last year’s New York Film Festival lineup, the documentary, for allowing audiences to eavesdrop on Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with the elusive Snowden, has the feel of a pulse-pounding thriller. But Citizenfour faces an uphill battle in needing to appeal to a voting body that, like the American public at large, is split down the middle on whether Snowden is a hero or traitor. (It can’t help that, compared to two previous winners here, The Fog of War and Inside Job, the doc more visibly crosses the line of journalistic impartiality.) Virunga faces no such challenge. Orlando von Einsiedel’s documentary, about a British oil company’s controversial exploration operations in Congo’s Virunga National Park, similarly exudes a thriller-like intensity. The only documentary in this category to have also been nominated for PGA and DGA prizes, it exposes human rights and environmental abuses that, in the court of public opinion, would find very few, if any, defenders. This quietly and elegantly enraged film, distributed by Netflix, is a celebration of activist willpower, which makes is very much in keeping with past winners here, most recently Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens’s The Cove.