I’ll take one in size “five months pregnant,” please.
[Illustration: Paper Fashion; Dress: Carolina Herrera]
The Academy Awards are tonight.
It’s Birdman vs. Boyhood. No other film has a chance at Best Picture this year. (Sorry, Clint Eastwood. At least your film made too much money, right?)
Here are my predictions for this year’s winners.
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
This might just be wishful thinking, considering Birdman took the top prize at last night’s Independent Spirit Awards — and every other recent award show. But upsets and underdogs are what make these things worth watching. And Boyhood — love it or hate it — was an impressive labour of love, the likes of which we won’t see again soon. (Maybe in 12 years?)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
But if Michael Keaton wins, I will be 0% surprised. It’s too close to call.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
How To Train Your Dragon 2
I don’t think it deserves it. This should be The LEGO Movie. Most glaring nomination snub of the year.
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Doc recommendation: See Finding Vivian Maier. Thumbs up.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Sandra Adair, Boyhood
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Elizabeth Yianna-Geogiou and David White, Guardians of the Galaxy
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Jóhann Jóhannson, The Theory of Everything
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Glory,” Selma (John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn)
Although I LOVED Begin Again’s “Lost Stars.”
ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
The Dam Keeper
I saw all of them. And am also cheering for Feast and A Single Life.
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call
I saw none of them. But Jim Broadbent’s in this one. So it wins in my book.
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley, Whiplash
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, Interstellar
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Apparently this is not the popular opinion. But I like to go against the flow. Sometimes. Rarely.
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
How does he write this stuff? Also, props to Dan Gilroy for his Nightcrawler nomination, my second choice. So simple. So creepy.
Who are you rooting for tonight?