Picks and Predictions for the 87th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2015 Oscars)

Best Picture
My prediction: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Director
My prediction: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor
My prediction: Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Actress
My prediction: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
My pick: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor
My prediction: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
My pick: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
My prediction: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
My pick: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay
My prediction: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay
My prediction: The Imitation Game
My pick: Whiplash

Best Animated Feature
My prediction: How to Train Your Dragon 2
My pick: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Foreign Language Film
My prediction: Ida
My pick: Timbuktu

Best Documentary (Feature)
My prediction: Virunga
My pick: Last Days in Vietnam

Best Production Design
My prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography
My prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design
My prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel
My pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Film Editing
My prediction: Boyhood
My pick: Whiplash

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
My prediction: Guardians of the Galaxy
My pick: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score
My prediction: The Theory of Everything
My pick: Interstellar

Best Original Song
My prediction: ”Glory” from Selma
My pick: “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie

Best Documentary (Short)
My prediction: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
My pick: N/A

Best Short Film (Animated)
My prediction: “Feast”
My pick: N/A

Best Short Film (Live Action)
My prediction: “The Phone Call”
My pick: N/A

Best Sound Editing
My prediction: American Sniper
My pick: Interstellar

Best Sound Mixing
My prediction: American Sniper
My pick: Whiplash

Best Visual Effects
My prediction: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
My pick: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The 87th Annual Academy Awards airs tonight, Sunday, February 22nd on ABC at 7:30 pm CST. I will be live-tweeting the show on Twitter at @markreviews

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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