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Your Guide to the 87th annual Academy Awards

 

By Jeff Boudreaux

 

This year’s Oscar race is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. There was a plethora of quality films released in 2014 and here are the major categories and nominees for the live Oscar telecast on Sunday Feb. 22:

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Best Picture: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash.

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Editor’s pick: Even though Alejandro Inarritu’s terrific “Birdman” has been gaining steam as of late, Richard Linklater’s 12-year epic-in-the-making “Boyhood” will walk away with the top prize on Oscar night. 

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Best Actor: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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Editor’s pick: This really is a two-person race between Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne. Still, while all performances were fantastic and rightfully nominated, Michael Keaton will win his first Oscar for Best Actor.

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Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

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Editor’s pick: The fifth nomination for Julianne Moore will be the charm as she will take home the statue for her portrayal of a woman battling Alzheimer’s.

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Best Director: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

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Editor’s pick: A virtual showcase of today’s top directors, of which Linklater will win for his labor of love “Boyhood.”

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Best Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

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Editor’s pick: Simmons has this in the bag for his dynamite portrayal of a psychotic music teacher in “Whiplash.”

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Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

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Editor’s pick: This is Streep’s 18th nomination, but the consensus says that Arquette will win for “Boyhood” and so do I.

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There will be many other categories to watch for that night, and special features such as the yearly In Memoriam and I for one will be pulling for “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie to win Best Original Song. Just remember, MOVIES are awesome and I hope everyone enjoys the show!

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