The 87th Academy Awards, or Oscars, are looming, and as expected, nominations have been fully released. Some media outlets are accusing this year’s nominations as predominantly white and male, and that, after the success of many cultures at last year’s awards, it is a step backwards. Today, I’ll be listing the nominees for each category, and saying who I predict will scoop the most coveted prizes when the awards ceremony takes place in February. Please note, in some of the categories I will have absolutely no idea who will win, so in that case I just won’t select a prediction so I don’t metaphorically fall on my face. Let’s get into it:

Best Picture

American Sniper – Clint Eastwood

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman

Selma – Christian Colson

The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan

Whiplash – Jason Blum

My predicted winner – Boyhood

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

My Predicted Winner – Michael Keaton

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore – Sill Alice

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

My Predicted Winner – Reese Witherspoon or Felicity Jones

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

My Predicted Winner – J.K. Simmons

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Laura Dern – Wild

Kiera Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

My Predicted Winner – Keira Knightley

Best Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

My Predicted Winner – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Cinematography

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman

Ida – Lukasz Zal and Rysard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakins

My Predicted Winner – Birdman

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

Maleficient – Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

My Predicted Winner – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Directing

Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum

My predicted winner – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Best Documentary Feature

CitizenFour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Joanna – Aneta Kopacz

Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki

The Reaper (La Parka) – Gabriel Serra Arguello

White Earth – J. Christian Jensen

Best Film Editing

American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach

Boyhood – Sandra Adair

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg

Whiplash – Tom Cross

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida

Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Wild Tales

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

My predicted winner – Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Music – Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

My predicted winner – Interstellar

Best Music – Original Song

‘Everything Is Awesome’ – The LEGO Movie

‘Glory’ – Selma

‘Grateful’ – Beyond the Lights

‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ – Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me

‘Lost Stars’ – Begin Again

My predicted winner – The LEGO Movie

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

My predicted winner – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Short Film

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best Live Action Short Film

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)

Parvaneh

The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

My Predicted Winner – Interstellar

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

My Predicted Winner – Whiplash

Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

X-Men: Days of Future Past

My Predicted Winner – Interstellar

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

My Predicted Winner – Inherent Vice

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

My Predicted Winner – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Well, there we have it – the 87th Academy Awards nominations in full, alongside my predictions for the films and the people that will scoop cinema’s most coveted award. Thank you very much for reading, be sure to stick around for more coverage of the Oscars!

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