February 20, 2015 2:00 pm
Updated: February 22, 2015 8:40 pm

Oscars 2015: Who will win an Academy Award

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TORONTO — The red carpet is being rolled out and the golden statuettes are being polished ahead of Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

The big show is the culmination of Hollywood awards season, which has so far honoured films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Birdman.

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You’ll find a full list of nominees here.

Make your Oscar predictions using the ballot below and share your thoughts on these predictions:

Best Picture

Nominees: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of EverythingWhiplash

Winner: This comes down to either Boyhood or Birdman and we’re predicting the latter will prevail.

Directing

Nominees: Birdman (Alejandro G. Inarritu), Boyhood (Richard Linklater), Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) and The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum).

Winner: Richard Linklater will deservedly win for Boyhood. Oscar voters will want to recognize that the film took 12 years to make.

Actor

Nominees: Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne

Winner: Strong cases can be made for any of these men to win but Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) has the momentum. Still, we’re predicting a win for Michael Keaton (Birdman) because Academy voters love comebacks and actors who play actors.

Actress

Nominees: Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon

Winner: There’s no question this one is going to Julianne Moore for her strong performance in Still Alice.

Supporting Actor

Nominees: Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo, J.K. Simmons

Winner: J.K. Simmons deserves the award for his mesmorizing and memorable performance in Whiplash — and he will win.

Supporting Actress

Nominees: Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep

Winner: Patricia Arquette’s emotional performance in Boyhood has already won her a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She will add an Oscar to her collection.

Animated Feature

Nominees: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the Golden Globe but the Oscars typically overlook sequels so this could go to Big Hero 6. Let’s stick with How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Here are predictions for some other categories:

Original Screenplay – Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adapted Screenplay – Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Costume Design – Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Film Editing – Sandra Adair, Boyhood

Makeup & Hairstyling – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Original Score – Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything

Original Song – “Glory” by John Legend and Common (from Selma)

Production Design – Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sound Editing – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper

Sound Mixing – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, American Sniper

Visual Effects – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar

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