By MYA GREEN
I have finally accepted the fact that everyone is not completely obsessed with award shows like I am. Lucky for you all, my obsession runs deep enough that I have some to go around. I’m here to save you from being out of the loop come Monday when people like me are gushing about the Oscars.
Here are the nominees for the top four categories and who I think, from a Saturday of movie binging and a fair amount of research, are going to win. So grab some popcorn and let’s get to it!
1. “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” music by Shawn Patterson
2. “Glory” from “Selma” music by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
3. “Grateful” from “Beyond The Lights” music and lyric by Dianne Warren
4. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” music and lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
5. “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” music by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Beisebois
Many say that Golden Globes preface what will happen at the Oscars so “Glory” will most likely take the cake!
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Steve Carrell in “Foxcatcher”
1. “Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carrell as John du Pont, an eccentric multi-millionaire who sends himself into a downward spiral after “coaching” a world-class wrestling team to gain approval from his mother.
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
2. “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Cooper shows how Kyle overcomes PTSD and other issues in his life during and post-war.
3. Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
“The Imitation Game” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as cryptanalyst and World War II hero Alan Turing, who was credited with figuring out the codes to Germany’s World War II Enigma machine.
4. Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“Birdman” stars Michael Keaton as Birdman who is trying to overcome a mid-life crisis. Keaton shows how Birdman struggles to star in, produce and direct a Broadway play about his life.
5. Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
“The Theory of Everything” stars Eddie Redmayne as world renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. Redmayne depicts Hawking’s life before and after his diagnosis of Motor Neuron disease.
My prediction for this category is mainly based off research. Everyone seemed to loved Michael Keaton’s performance in “Birdman” and he seems to pretty much have it bagged. There is a possibility that Bradley Cooper could shock everyone and take the gold home, so we’ll just have to tune in to find out.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
1. Marion Cotillard plays a woman named Sandra who, after getting out of the hospital, finds out she no longer has a job. After speaking with her boss, Sandra is given the opportunity to of get her job back but with one catch – all of her coworkers have to sacrifice their much needed yearly bonuses. In a week long quest to save her job, Sandra approaches each of her co-workers one by one to in efforts to reclaim her job.
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
2. In “The Theory of Everything” Felicity Jones plays Hawking’s wife, Jane Wilde. Jones helps tell Jane and Stephen’s beautiful love story.
Juliane Moore in “Still Alice”
3. Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howland, who is tragically diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As she forgets more and more, Alice faces unbelievable challenges that her family helps her to overcome.
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
4. Rosamund Pike stars as Amy Dunne, the deranged wife of Nick Dunne. Amy attempts to frame Nick for her murder but when her plans goes awry, all you-know-what breaks loose. Literally.
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
5. In “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, who ventures into the wild after the her mother dies and her marriage falls apart. The challenges she faces in the wild are only part of Cheryl’s story and Witherspoon helps to tell it.
For this category my money is on Marion Cotillard. Her performance has received praise from top movie critics on several movie websites like IMBD.com and Rottentomatoes.com. I would not count Juliane Moore out, she could very well walk away tonight an Academy Award Winning Actress. The race is definitely close between the two of them.
Attached are trailers for all of the movies nominated for Best Picture. You’re welcome.
1. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
2. “American Sniper”
3. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
7. “The Imitation Game”
8. “The Theory of Everything”
The movie “Boyhood” will win best picture tonight. I have no doubt about it. I’ve watched the two hour and 45 minute movie and it is absolutely breath-taking. Although the scenes are simple the film really does come together magically. “Boyhood” is one of the coolest movie ideas in cinema history and for that reason it will definitely win tonight.