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Oscars 2015: Predictions!

– Shobin Krishna (Pageant Expert) & the Admin Team

87th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby theatre in just few hours in Hollywood, Los Angeles.  The winners will be presented with “Oscar” awards.  Fun fact, the trophy gets its name from one of the people working in the academy in the early years.  She said the trophy looked like her uncle Oscar and the name became popular.  We love the Oscar ceremony for the grandeur and magnificent production value.  The biggest stars on the globe are present in the ceremony and it is directed with panache and style that is rarely seen in other international events.  No wonder the whole world has it’s eye on the ceremony!

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Check out the total nominations list for this year: http://thegreatpageantcommunity.com/2015/01/15/academy-awards-2015-full-nominations-list/

Herewith our experts present their favorites for the prestigious Oscar awards this year.

BEST PICTURE
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Prediction: Boyhood

Will win: Boyhood
Should win: Birdman
We think this year’s list of films is perhaps the worst set we have seen for the past 4-5 years.  Some of the films like “The Imitation Game” should not have been here.  Some fabulous films like “Gone Girl” & “Interstellar” have been missed out.  Our personal favorite is the black comedy-drama Birdman with the spectacular performance by Michael Keaton.  However, we feel the movie Boyhood that depicts the adolescence of a young boy in Texas growing up with divorced parents will take this one, considering the taste of Academy for coming-of-age drama films.
BEST DIRECTING
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Prediction: Birdman

Will win: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Birdman)
Should win: Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest hotel”)
This category is really a tough one., because almost all the films are good.  But our experts feel that Wes Anderseon deserves this one for his creativity and for taking a different approach of film-making.  However, the wind seems to be in favor of Alejandro Gonzales for Birdman.  He is the first Mexican to be nominated for Best director award at the Oscars.  However, many of his previous films have been nominated at Oscars.
BEST ACTOR
Prediction: The Theory of Everything

Prediction: The Theory of Everything

Will win: Eddie Redmayne (TTOE)
Should win : Eddie Redmayne (TTOE)
Bradley Cooper is getting too much attention from the academy?  Well, may be.  He did well in American Sniper though.  We would have loved to see David Oyelewo among the nominees for his performance in Selma.  This one should be a cake-walk for Eddie Redmayne for his performance in The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking.  He has already won the BAFTA this year.
BEST ACTRESS
Prediction: Still Alice

Prediction: Still Alice

Will win: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Should Win: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Perhaps the easiest category to predict this year!  Julianne moore is the big favorite, although this is not her best perfomance till date. We are surprised by nomination of Marion Cottilard over Hilary Swank (The Homesman) and Jennifer Aniston (Cake).  Our personal favorite is Rosamund Pike, the girl who played the Bond girl in Die Another Day.  Her performance in the physchological thriller is commendable.   
 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Prediction: Whiplash

Prediction: Whiplash

Will Win: J.K Simmons (Whiplash)
Should win : Mark Ruffalo (Fox catcher)
This time the competition is really strong and it is actually anyone’s game.  Our heart goes for Mark Ruffalo for his brilliant performance in biographical true crime Drama Foxcatcher.  However, experts claim J. K. Simmons will win this one for his perfromance as Terence Fletcher in the drama film Whiplash.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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Prediction: Boyhood

Will Win: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Should Win: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

This is perhaps our most confident prediction.  Patricia Arquette is downright awesome in Boyhood and deserves the trophy.  She plays the mother of Mason Evans enacted by Ellar Coltrane.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Prediction: Ida (Poland)

Prediction: Ida (Poland)

Will Win: Ida (Poland)
Should Win: Leviathan (Russia)
Ida is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun. Orphaned as an infant during the world war II, she must now meet her aunt. The former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family. The controversial film is received massive international acclaim.  In our opinion, Leviathan can be an excellent choice too.  It is a story of love and tragedy experienced by ordinary people.  It has already won Golden Globe award in the same category.
Thus, it is evident that there is no clear favorite in most of the major categories and hence we can be ready for surprises.  In  any cases, the ceremony will be fun to watch.  Our pop-corn and beer are ready.  What about you? 😉
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