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Just for fun, here is the Oscars ballot for tonight's awards show. Play along and see how you match up with your friends and neighbors. There are 24 categories.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper - American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch -The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton - Birdman

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall - The Judge

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

Edward Norton - Birdman

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

J. K. Simmons - Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Laura Dern - Wild

Keira Knightly - The Imitation Game

Emma Stone - Birdman

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida - Poland

Leviathan - Russia

Tangerines - Estonia

Timbuktu - Mauritania

Wild Tales - Argentina

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jason Hall - American Sniper

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman

Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida

Dick Pope - Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins - Unbroken

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges

Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood

Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CitizenFour - U.S./Germany

Finding Vivian Maier - U.S.

Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.

The Salt of the Earth - France/Brazil

Virunga - U.K./Congo

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - U.S.

Joanna - Poland

Our Curse - Poland

The Reaper (La Parka) - Mexico

White Earth - U.S.

FILM EDITING

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner

Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie - Shawn Patterson

"Glory" from Selma - John Stevens & Lonnie Lynn

"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights - Diane Warren

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond

"Lost Stars" from Begin Again - Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture - U.K.

The Dam Keeper - U.S.

Feast - U.S.

Me and My Moulton - Canada

A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel

Boogaloo and Graham - U.K.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) - France/China

Parvaneh - Switzerland

The Phone Call - U.K.

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

SOUND MIXING

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

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

Edited by Strider

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Just for fun, here is the Oscars ballot for tonight's awards show. Play along and see how you match up with your friends and neighbors. There are 24 categories.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper - American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch -The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton - Birdman

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall - The Judge

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

Edward Norton - Birdman

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

J. K. Simmons - Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Laura Dern - Wild

Keira Knightly - The Imitation Game

Emma Stone - Birdman

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida - Poland

Leviathan - Russia

Tangerines - Estonia

Timbuktu - Mauritania

Wild Tales - Argentina

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jason Hall - American Sniper

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman

Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida

Dick Pope - Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins - Unbroken

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges

Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood

Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CitizenFour - U.S./Germany

Finding Vivian Maier - U.S.

Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.

The Salt of the Earth - France/Brazil

Virunga - U.K./Congo

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - U.S.

Joanna - Poland

Our Curse - Poland

The Reaper (La Parka) - Mexico

White Earth - U.S.

FILM EDITING

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner

Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie - Shawn Patterson

"Glory" from Selma - John Stevens & Lonnie Lynn

"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights - Diane Warren

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond

"Lost Stars" from Begin Again - Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture - U.K.

The Dam Keeper - U.S.

Feast - U.S.

Me and My Moulton - Canada

A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel

Boogaloo and Graham - U.K.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) - France/China

Parvaneh - Switzerland

The Phone Call - U.K.

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

SOUND MIXING

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

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

Some are guesses but the main awards are judged based on seeing the nominated films.

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^^^

Someone loves "The Theory of Everything". ;)

Good job, Reggie! Thanks for breaking the ice...many people are shy and wait for others to play before joining in themselves. I'll post my picks soon...after meeting friends for breakfast.

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I love The Theory of Everything, too! I also love American Sniper. Can't decide between the two on both Best Picture and Best Actor. I was deeply moved by both movies and feel that the actors were superb. I will be thrilled for either of those movies to win. I didn't see all of the movies nominated and skipped several of the categories that I don't have a strong feeling about. With that, my picks are:

Best Picture - American Sniper

Best Actor - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress - Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actor - Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Best Director - Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Adapted Screenplay - Jason Hall, American Sniper

Film Editing - American Sniper

Edit: I hate that I have not yet seen The Imitation Game, I've heard only great things about the movie. I did see Birdman, and based on other awards shows, think it will walk away with several awards, but it did not affect me the way the others that I chose affected me. Will look forward to the show tonight!!

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My picks in bold type...

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Really had a hard time deciding...it's been difficult to get a read on the buzz...it has been spread out on so many different films. A late groundswell of love coming in for "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Very wide open race this year. But I'm sticking with "Boyhood".

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper - American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch -The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton - Birdman

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

So many good performances left off this list...Tom Hardy in "Locke", Brendan Gleeson in "Calgary", Tom Hiddleston in "Only Lovers Left Alive", Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler". This is pretty much between Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne. It is hard to go against the "My Left Foot" factor but Eddie is still young and will have other chances. I sense a lot of people rooting for Michael Keaton and the actor's branch is the largest branch of the Academy.

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

I was astonished to find out that Julianne Moore has never won an Oscar. That gets remedied this year. She is incredibly moving in "Still Alice", and while Marion Cotillard is equally galvanizing, she has already won once before. I don't think the Academy would give Marion a second Oscar before giving Julianne at least one.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall - The Judge

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

Edward Norton - Birdman

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

J. K. Simmons - Whiplash

Hands down...J.K. Simmons is a slam dunk.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Laura Dern - Wild

Keira Knightly - The Imitation Game

Emma Stone - Birdman

Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

Another slam dunk. It won't be Meryl Streep, that's for sure.

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

It's pretty much between Alejandro and Richard. Going with Richard because of the level of commitment and logistical planning involved.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

My animation gurus tell me that "Princess Kaguya" deserves to win but that it'll probably be "How to Train Your Dragon 2" because more people saw that than "Princess Kaguya". Ugh, I hope not...I'd rather "Boxtrolls" win than "...Dragon 2". And why wasn't "The Lego Movie" nominated?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida - Poland

Leviathan - Russia

Tangerines - Estonia

Timbuktu - Mauritania

Wild Tales - Argentina

I used to be pretty good at picking this category but lately the Academy has been throwing curve balls. "Ida" and "Leviathan seem to be the main contenders...and "Tangerines".

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jason Hall - American Sniper

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Anyone who tackles Thomas Pynchon deserves an award, but I don't feel much support for "Inherent Vice"...or as it's become known around town, "Incoherent Vice". The screenplays were the weakest parts of "Imitation Game" (book was far superior) and "Whiplash" (a farce that this is even in the adapted screenplay section, thanks to the Academy's warped decision). That leaves "American Sniper" and "Theory of Everything". I'll go with the English on this one.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler was a great script but probably too creepy for Academy tastes. I was going with "Boyhood" all the way but it's mostly directing and actors improvising...not much on the actual script. After revisiting "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lately, I was charmed by how completely Wes Anderson creates this entire world full of individualistic quirky characters.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman

Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida

Dick Pope - Mr. Turner

Roger Deakins - Unbroken

One of the memorable things about "Birdman" is its camerawork and the creative lighting it employed. That had to be a logistical nightmare.

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges

Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood

Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran

Colleen Atwood is like the Meryl Streep of Costume Design.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CitizenFour - U.S./Germany

Finding Vivian Maier - U.S.

Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.

The Salt of the Earth - France/Brazil

Virunga - U.K./Congo

Seems to be between "CitizenFour" and "Virunga". The main problem I had with picking "CitizenFour" is that the filmmakers make themselves part of the story...and Ed Snowden is an unlikable fellow. "Virunga" on the other hand, really moves you to tears.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - U.S.

Joanna - Poland

Our Curse - Poland

The Reaper (La Parka) - Mexico

White Earth - U.S.

A total crapshoot...I flipped a coin.

FILM EDITING

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

Having to deal with different film ratio formats, colour to black and white and back again...a seamless masterful job on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

My heart says "The Grand Budapest Hotel"...but my head says "Guardians of the Galaxy". Head over heart.

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game

Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner

Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

I fear Alexandre Desplat's two nominations will split his vote, leaving it between Hans and Jóhann. I think people may be getting Hans Zimmer fatigue, so I'll go with Iceland's Jóhann Jóhannsson, whom I saw in concert last year for the first time.

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie - Shawn Patterson

"Glory" from Selma - John Stevens & Lonnie Lynn

"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights - Diane Warren

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond

"Lost Stars" from Begin Again - Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois

"Everything is Awesome" is the best of a weak batch.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture - U.K.

The Dam Keeper - U.S.

Feast - U.S.

Me and My Moulton - Canada

A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel

Boogaloo and Graham - U.K.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) - France/China

Parvaneh - Switzerland

The Phone Call - U.K.

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

SOUND MIXING

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

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

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Okay, the only movie I saw last year was Into the Woods, so this is totally based on what I've read, what my friends think, what/who I want to win, and a few thrown darts.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch -The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons - Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Laura Dern - Wild
Keira Knightly - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida - Poland
Leviathan - Russia
Tangerines - Estonia
Timbuktu - Mauritania
Wild Tales - Argentina

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jason Hall - American Sniper
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins - Unbroken

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice - Mark Bridges
Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood
Maleficent - Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner - Jacqueline Durran

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CitizenFour - U.S./Germany
Finding Vivian Maier - U.S.
Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.
The Salt of the Earth - France/Brazil
Virunga - U.K./Congo

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - U.S.
Joanna - Poland
Our Curse - Poland
The Reaper (La Parka) - Mexico
White Earth - U.S.

FILM EDITING

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie - Shawn Patterson
"Glory" from Selma - John Stevens & Lonnie Lynn
"Grateful" from Beyond the Lights - Diane Warren
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond
"Lost Stars" from Begin Again - Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture - U.K.
The Dam Keeper - U.S.
Feast - U.S.
Me and My Moulton - Canada
A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel
Boogaloo and Graham - U.K.
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) - France/China
Parvaneh - Switzerland
The Phone Call - U.K.

SOUND EDITING

American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

SOUND MIXING

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

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

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BEST PICTURE

Boyhood

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 DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida - Poland

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida

COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Joanna - Poland

FILM EDITING

The Imitation Game

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

The Grand Budapest Hotel

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Into the Woods

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel

SOUND EDITING

Interstellar

SOUND MIXING

Interstellar

VISUAL EFFECTS

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Yay Dd, ebk and sixpense!!! Nice choices and thanks for playing. If we can just get a small percentage of the people who play the Movie Title Game, we should have a nice little group.

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BEST PICTURE


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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 DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater - Boyhood

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida - Poland

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo - Birdman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel

COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
CitizenFour - U.S./Germany

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 - U.S

FILM EDITING
Boyhood

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Foxcatcher

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Theory of Everything

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Glory" from Selma - John Stevens & Lonnie Lynn

PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call - U.K.

SOUND EDITING
American Sniper

SOUND MIXING
Whiplash

VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Thanks for starting the thread, Strider!

Will we see you on the red carpet tonight?

No...I'm at an Oscar-watching party sitting comfortably with glasses of wine flowing.

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Oh gawd...Maroon 5...blech. Must drink wine. Good time for bathroom break.

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Yay JK Simmons! Nice speech by JK about calling your parents.

He's a great actor....love the speech!

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He's a great actor....love the speech!

You should make your picks zepscoda!

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Upset! Colleen Atwood losing is like Meryl Streep losing! But I'm happy for Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Hmmmm...lots of early love for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" so far!!!

Doesn't that usually mean not a lot of late love though?

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Doesn't that usually mean not a lot of late love though?

Yes...especially in a wide open year like this where they will spread the love around. Damn...that's two categories I could have had if I went with my heart.

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You should make your picks zepscoda!

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore - Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

PICK TOO LATE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Keira Knightly - The Imitation Game

BEST DIRECTOR

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Leviathan - Russia

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel

COSTUME DESIGN

Maleficent

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Last Days in Vietnam - U.S.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

White Earth

FILM EDITING

The Grand Budapest Hotel

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

PICK TOO LATE

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel

MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG

"Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Into the Woods

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

A Single Life - Netherlands

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Aya - France/Israel

SOUND EDITING

The Hobbit

SOUND MIXING

Interstellar

VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar

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I've seen very few of the movies so I'm abstaining from most categories, though I'm thrilled that JK Simmons won, and that Grand Budapest Hotel is being recognized. When I saw it awhile back, it struck me as such a pleasingly quirky movie. Some parts were so weird, but it stayed with me for a long time, so whatever it did to bypass the critic and penetrate into just the instinctual parts of me did a great job. Of course, I hope the Polish and Canadian contingents win (and I really hope that Julianne Moore wins as well).

While we're watching the Oscars, I stumbled upon this refreshingly honest take about the Oscar voting process.

AND YES!!! HOLY SHIT! "IDA" WON!!!

Anonymous Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot

By The Hollywood Reporter | Yahoo Movies – Thu, 19 Feb, 2015 9:10 AM EST

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By Scott Feinberg

This is a lightly edited transcript of a conversation with an Academy member who is not associated with any of this year’s nominees about his/her ballot. A conversation with a different member will post each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22. Needless to say, their views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch.

BEST PICTURE

First, let me say that I’m tired of all of this talk about “snubs” — I thought for every one of [the snubs] there was a justifiable reason. What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it. If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male, I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were. And as far as the accusations about the Academy being racist? Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance — they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they’re not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies. When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it. But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it? I’ve got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying “I can’t breathe” [at their New York premiere] — I thought that stuff was offensive. Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up shit?

American Sniper is the winner of the year, whether or not it gets a single statuette, because for all of us in the movie industry — I don’t care what your politics are — it is literally the answer to a prayer for a midrange budget movie directed by an 84-year-old guy [Clint Eastwood] to do this kind of business. It shows that a movie can galvanize America and shows that people will go if you put something out that they want to see. With regard to what it did or didn’t leave out, it’s a movie, not a documentary. I enjoyed it, I thought it was well done, and I can separate out the politics from the filmmaking.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, like American Sniper, is a big hero this year because it shows that people can and will remember how much they loved a movie, even if it comes out in March. I am not a Wes Anderson fan, but as his movies go, I liked it.

Birdman is a great job by Fox Searchlight — it’s a weird, quirky movie that they did a really good job of selling. I never thought that it would make it all the way to the finish line like it has — but then I remember that it’s about a tortured actor, and when you think about who is doing the voting, at SAG and the Academy, it’s a lot of other tortured actors. I just don’t know how much it’s resonating out in the world. I mean,American Sniper made more in its third weekend in wide release than Birdman has made in its entirety.

If you told me when I saw Boyhood that it would win best picture — or even be in the running — I would have told you that you were insane. Watching it, I thought it was ambitious and a directorial triumph, but the kid was uneven and Patricia Arquette probably was sorry she agreed to let them film her age over 12 years. I never thought, “Wow, this is the one!”

The funny thing about Whiplash is that while the rest of the world thinks that the J.K. Simmons character is an overbearing, horrible monster, there are many people in Hollywood who would model themselves on that character. As for the film itself, it’s a very traditional story, in some ways, about mentoring and excellence — that kind of movie has existed since [the 1933 film] 42nd Street. “You’re gonna go out there, and I’m gonna yell at you that you can do better, and you’re not gonna like me for it but then you will.”

The Theory of Everything is, to me, the Merchant-Ivory movie of the year — that and The Imitation Gameboth occupy that kind of Britishy slot. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. They got a good start in Toronto, and [Eddie Redmayne’s] performance is very strong. But it’s what I call a “filler” nominee: It’s one of those movies that people write in but that doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

On paper, The Imitation Game seemed to be the one to me. It’s a great story, well-crafted, [benedict Cumberbatch] is really good and it’s been a big success. It’s what you call “prestige filmmaking.” So why isn’t it receiving more recognition? I’d like to believe it’s karma for Harvey [Weinstein]. But I’m going to hold my nose and vote for it anyway because when you vote for best picture, what you should try to do is vote for the movie that, years from now, people will still watch and talk about. For some years, it’s like, “Huh?! Around the World in 80 Days [the winner for 1956] won best picture? Are you kidding me?” So I try to vote in a way so that, in 50 years, people aren’t going to go, “Huh?!” MY VOTE: (1) The Imitation Game; (2) Birdman; (3)American Sniper; (4) Boyhood; (5) The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DIRECTOR

I’m voting for Richard Linklater. I think that what he did — as a “thing” — is extraordinary. I’m absolutely comfortable with breaking up picture and director; I wouldn’t know [The Imitation Game's] Morten Tyldum if I walked into him. I thought all of the others were fine except for one: I could have watched my hair grow during Foxcatcher — it was so slow. MY VOTE: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

BEST ACTOR

I’m voting for [birdman's] Michael Keaton because I love him and for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is he seems like a completely sane person who lives in the middle of the country and works when he wants to work. I've loved every interview that he's done. He seems grateful, not particularly needy, and I don't know when he'll ever get another chance at this; the other nominees will. What Keaton had to do was harder than what the others had to do because they had the benefit of playing real people. I mean, Eddie Redmayne did an amazing impression of Stephen Hawking, but Keaton created a character from whole cloth. MY VOTE:Michael Keaton (Birdman)

BEST ACTRESS

I’m not sorry that Jennifer Aniston isn’t nominated; she was fine, but I thought her movie [Cake] was ridiculous. [Two Days, One Night's] Marion Cotillard gave a really good performance, and I was glad she made it through. [The Theory of Everything's] Felicity Jones was fine, but she kind of came in on the ticket with [Redmayne]. I didn't like Gone Girl [which starred Rosamund Pike]. Reese [Witherspoon in Wild] was very good, but that movie was not. But the minute I saw Still Alice, I remember thinking, “This [best actress race] is over. Four other women are going to have to get dressed and go to 5,000 dinners knowing they have no chance.” MY VOTE: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall [for The Judge] was an “Uh-huh, sure, fine.” [boyhood's] Ethan Hawke gave a very strong performance. Edward Norton was great in Birdman — he was hilarious. And even though I didn’t likeFoxcatcher, I have to say Mark Ruffalo was good. But J.K. Simmons’ performance was in a different league. It’s kind of ironic that he’s in “supporting,” right? I’m voting for him because he was great in the movie — and because he was in 5,000 episodes of Law & Order. In other words, he’s been acting forever, I’ve seen enough of his work to know he is a journeyman, and I’m happy to be able to recognize him. MY VOTE: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

[Wild's] Laura Dern was good, but I didn't think she was as good as [A Most Violent Year's] Jessica Chastain. Keira Knightley was fine and got in on the [imitation Game] ticket. Emma Stone was pretty good [in Birdman], but she can do no wrong — she’s like Meryl Streep, although I wish [the film for which Streep is nominated]Into the Woods stopped after 20 minutes. But I’m voting for Arquette. She gets points for working on a film for 12 years and bonus points for having no work done during the 12 years. If she had had work done during the 12 years, she would not be collecting these statues. It’s a bravery reward. It says, “You’re braver than me. You didn’t touch your face for 12 years. Way to freakin’ go!” MY VOTE: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

I put in the Inherent Vice screener, and it became apparent that it’s a terrible, incoherent movie, so I turned it off. I thought it was not possible for me to hate something more than I hated The Master, but I hated this more. MY VOTE: The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

I’m not voting for Nightcrawler — that was really unpleasant. With Foxcatcher, they said seven words in the whole movie and the rest of it was people staring at each other, so I’m not voting for that. I didn’t really get the sense of a screenplay with Boyhood — it was more like they just turned on the camera once a year.Birdman and Budapest were both pretty clever, but I liked Birdman more. MY VOTE: Birdman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

If you can call anything a “snub,” this year, it was The Lego Movie, which was one of the best movies of the year. I don’t know what happened there, but it is inconceivable to me. Of the five they did nominate, my favorite is Big Hero 6, which was adorable and original. MY VOTE: Big Hero 6

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

I thought Finding Vivian Maier was the most interesting. I don’t get the whole Citizenfour thing — he [Edward Snowden] is annoying, he has a little bit of a God complex and a lot of what’s in there I felt I’d seen in other places. MY VOTE: Finding Vivian Maier

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

I haven’t seen enough of them to vote. MY VOTE: I abstain.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Birdman single-shot thing gave me a headache. Roger Deakins did a great job on Unbroken and he deserves to finally win one of these, but the cinematography was amazing on Grand Budapest Hotel. MY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

If you’re going to do it, do it. They went for it with the Budapest costumes. The rest of them just looked like the same old thing. I know some people are excited about Into the Woods, but to me it just looked like that fairy-tale show that ABC airs Sunday nights [Once Upon a Time]. MY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST FILM EDITING

I usually talk to an editor before I vote for this category, and this year he confirmed what I already felt:Whiplash was very well edited, but Boyhood was a unique job. Cutting 12 years of crap down to a decent length can’t be easy. MY VOTE: Boyhood

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

I was happy to have the chance to vote for Guardians of the Galaxy. It could have and should have been nominated for best picture; I nominated it. MY VOTE: Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

[Double-nominee Alexandre] Desplat works so much that eventually he’ll win, but I didn’t particularly like the score for Budapest or The Imitation Game. I liked the score for The Theory of Everything. MY VOTE: The Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

It’s not even close for me: “Everything Is Awesome” is a great song and voting for it is a way to give something to The Lego Movie. MY VOTE: "Everything Is Awesome"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

It’s taken awhile for the “tweeness” of [Wes Anderson’s] movies to become accepted. It used to be much more of an acquired taste, but now it’s become much more mainstream. MY VOTE: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SOUND EDITING

BEST SOUND MIXING

I never vote for these categories because I have no idea what’s good sound or bad sound — and believe me, I’m not alone among Academy members. MY VOTE FOR BOTH: I abstain.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

I don’t think I should be able to vote for this category either, but I can’t resist another opportunity to supportGuardians of the Galaxy. It should get something. MY VOTE: Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

MY VOTE FOR ALL THREE: I abstain.

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