The 2015 Academy Awards: Predictions and Thoughts

Every year, my alarm is set to wake up and watch the Oscar nominations through a live stream early in the morning. This year was a bit cringeworthy and just might be some of the worst overall nominations in years. Countless pundits use the word “snub” for anyone who wasn’t nominated, but this year there are legitimate, unforgivable lapses in judgement when it comes to the nominations.

American Sniper should be left out completely (it’s not good), and Selma somehow was overlooked for directing, acting, cinematography, and its screenplay. Apparently it was good enough to be a Best Picture without those four. Gillian Flynn gave us the best adapted screenplay of the year while the team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross produced an amazing score. Nope, no nominations for you either. And the most notable missed nomination goes to The LEGO Movie. How that happened I will never understand. That being said, here are my thoughts and predictions for this year’s awards.

Best Short Film (Animated): I’ve only seen one thing in these these first three categories so I’m not even going to try and begin where to guess. Feast is good and has been seen by the most people, which usually translates over to a win, but you never know. Nevertheless, here are the nominees.

The Nominees: The Bigger Picture, The Damn Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, Single Life

Best Short Film (Live-Action):

The Nominess: Aya, Boogalo and Graham, Butter Lamp, Parvaneh, The Phone Call

Best Documentary Short:

The Nominees: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Joanna, Our Curse, The Reaper, White Earth

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Guardians of the Galaxy should win. This is a solid group of nominees, but the sheer scale of Guardians combined with the quality speaks for itself. I still think the Academy goes with the terrific work in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Nominees: Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Could Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

Should’ve Been Nominated: Maleficent


Best Original Score: Zimmer made the best score of the year. It might drown out the dialogue, but you can’t deny how integral to the film experience his operatic score is. How does Gone Girl not land a nom here? Reznor and Ross gave us the perfectly dreamy and chilling listening experience.

The Nominees: Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner), Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)

Will Win: Johann Johannsson

Could Win: Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)

Should’ve Been Nominated: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Gone Girl), Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Ola Flottum (Force Majeure)


Best Original Song: I reallyyyy hope that “Lost Stars” wins this one. Begin Again was one of the better films of the year, and it’d be nice to see it get a little attention. Doesn’t hurt that it’s the best song of the group either. “Glory” will most likely be taking this category though.

The Nominees: “Lost Stars” (Begin Again), “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights), “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me), “Everything Is Awesome” (The LEGO Movie), “Glory” (Selma)

Will Win: “Glory”

Could Win: “Lost Stars”

Should’ve Been Nominated: “I Love You All” (Frank), “Split the Difference” (Boyhood)


Best Production Design: No, I don’t like The Grand Budapest Hotel, but even I can’t deny how detailed the production design is.

The Nominees: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Mr. Turner, Unbroken

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Could Win: Into the Woods

Should’ve Been Nominated: Selma, Guardians of the Galaxy


Best Sound Editing: Everyone finds these next two categories confusing. Editing is the creation of new sounds that go into the movie (sound made from scratch) whereas mixing involves the balance of all the sounds when put together. The categories are usually won as a tandem and since I’m taking Birdman for mixing, I’ll take it here as well.

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

Will Win: Interstellar

Could Win: Birdman

Should’ve Been Nominated: Whiplash, Edge of Tomorrow


Best Sound Mixing: The mixing is key for my top two picks in this category.

The Nominees: American Sniper, Birdman, Interstellar, Unbroken, Whiplash

Will Win: Birdman

Could Win: Whiplash

Should’ve Been Nominated: Into the Woods, Nightcrawler, Top Five


Best Visual Effects: Interstellar by a long shot. They created visuals we’ve never seen before as well as commendably using the old school minatures.

The Nominees: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Will Win: Interstellar

Could Win: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Should’ve Been Nominated: Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla


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One response to “The 2015 Academy Awards: Predictions and Thoughts

  1. Nice article! I agree with you on most, still need to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash.

    To me, Interstellar, Gone Girl, and Nightcrawler were massive snubs in a lot of categories. I enjoyed American Sniper a ton, but it wasn’t as good as those three, and The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game are sort of average movies buoyed by the magnificent performances that weren’t as good overall as those three.

    The LEGO Movie may be one of the worst omissions in Oscar history. Liked BH6 a bit more, but still, how does that not get a nomination?


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