Hooray for Oscars! They're the most entertaining--and convenient--way to chat about the films we love. Predictions are therefore primarily for purposes of amusement and discussion. The listed predictions are purely from a fan's perspective and do not reflect the personal choices of the author, although some element of seepage is inevitable when one says that a contender has what it takes to go all the way. Coverage of the Canadian Screen Awards may be found here.

★2014 Oscar race
Round 1: Let's Get this Party Started!
Round 2: Could Award Season Revive These Contenders?
Round 3: Christmas Comes Early?
Round 4: Golden Globe and SAG Edition
Round 5: Which Actors Could Edge Out the Competition?
Round 6: Final Predictions - Let's all go to Zubrowka!

(As of Jan. 15! - winner picks coming soon)

The nominees!

Best Picture:

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten TyldumThe Imitation Game

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 Knightley,  The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman 
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Film Editing:

Best Cinematography:

Best Costumes:

Best Production Design:

Best Score:

The Grand Budapest Hotel– Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game  – Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer and the church organ
Mr. Turner - Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything - Johann Johannsson

Sound Mixing:

Sound Editing:

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Visual Effects:

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

Best Make-up

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Song:

Lost Stars,” Begin Again
"Grateful," Beyond the Lights
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Miller: I'll Be Me
"Glory," Selma

Best Documentary Feature:

The Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Foreign Language Film:

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

Best Animated Film:

Big Hero 6
Song of the Sea

Best Animated Short:

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short:

Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call (watch)

Short Documentary Short:

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

★ 2013 Oscar Race

Mar. 3: Oscars Recap: 'And the Best Film Wins!'
Feb. 28: Final Round: Might as Well Pick Names from a Hat!
Jan. 15:  Round 5: Final Nominations Predictions -- Time for a 'Hail Meryl'?
Jan. 14: Best Adapted Screenplay: No Longer a Novel Affair?
Jan. 9: Golden Globe Picks and Predictions
Dec. 27: Round 4 - Boxing Week Match-ups
Dec. 9: Round 3: Golden Globe and SAG Nominations
Nov. 3: Oscar Predictions Round 2 - So Many Actors, Not Enough Spots
Nov. 1: Talking Oscars: Best Actress and Best Actor
Oct. 30: Talking Oscars: The Supporting Races
Oct. 3: Oscar Predictions Round 1 - Too Soon?
Aug. 11: Eye on Canada: The Best Foreign Language Film Race at TIFF

★ 2012 Oscar Race
Feb. 22 Write-up: Will win/should win
Feb. 9 Write-up: Memo to the Academy


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