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:


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


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. 


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


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)


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.


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



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



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


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


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


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



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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