The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books.
Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Best Film win from the Brits is the best indication of a potential upset. Still, it has quite a hill to climb to get there. “Birdman” won all the major Hollywood guilds, including PGA, DGA and SAG. I think it’s going to pull out the win.
And the other dispute in Best Actor? A Michael Keaton victory could certainly happen, especially if the group feels “Birdman” deserves an acting award to go with its Best Picture trophy. The fact he’s an older, more respected actor helps, too. Eddie Redmayne has too much going for him, though. His role brings in the gold.
The only places I break with the pack are in the smaller categories. I’m betting on a last-minute surge of support for “Whiplash” that will lead to a screenplay win. Also, the Academy’s been a rare fan of sequels; I’m thinking “Big Hero 6” will upset “How to Train Your Dragon 2” in Animated Feature.
How right am I? We’ll find out in 48 hours. As always, enjoy the ceremony. Well, enjoy it if you’re able to actually stay awake for all of it, at least.
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Best Supporting Actor: J. K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Whiplash
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Editing: Boyhood
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Score: The Theory of Everything
Best Song: “Glory,” Selma
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Foreign Film: Ida
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline