Tonight is the big night. Neil Patrick Harris is ready to host the show for the first time ever, and the nominees are all nervously putting their speeches in their inside pockets, praying that it will come in handy by the end of the night. 8 movies are fighting for the Best Film award, whereas 5 nominees are fighting it out in the director and various actor categories. This year, 4 out of 5 of the actors nominated for Best Actor are portraying characters from real life. Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Chris Kyle and John Du Pont. Only Michael Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson in ‘Birdman’ is a fictional character. Here are a few last thought before the big night, followed by my predictions:
- Edward Norton stars in both ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, both movies which have received 9 Oscar nominations.
- Bradley Cooper is nominated for an Oscar for the 4th time. No wins so far.
- J.K. Simmons has won both the BAFTA and the Golden Globe for his intense performance in ‘Whiplash’. Can he make it a triple?
- Eddie Redmayne is nominated for his brilliant performance in ‘The Theory of Everything’, a movie which received 5 nominations in total. Two years ago he starred in ‘Les Miserables’, which received 8 nominations and won 3.
- ‘Two Days, One Night’, from which Marion Cotillard is nominated for a Best Actress award, was shot in only 11 weeks. ‘Whiplash’, nominated for 5 Oscars, was shot in only 19 days.
- Am I the only one singing ‘Birdman’ to the tune of Soundgarden’s ‘Spoonman’?
not to be confused with what I hope actually happens
Best Picture: Boyhood
Actor in a leading role: Eddie Redmayne for ‘The Theory of Everything’
Actress in a leading role: Julianne Moore for ‘Still Alice’
Actor in a supporting role: J. K. Simmons for ‘Whiplash’
Actress in a supporting role: Patricia Arquette for ‘Boyhood’
Cinematography: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu for ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’
Film Editing: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Foreign Language Film: ‘Leviathan’
Writing – original screenplay: ‘Boyhood’
Writing – adapted screenplay: ‘Inherent Vice’
Let the show begin!