2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Birdman - feature

On the back of Michael Keaton’s career best performance, Birdman will be a major player

List compiled by Eddie on 12/12/2014

If I was putting my biased hat on, next year’s Oscar race would be the event of Interstellar but as it stands it looks set to be an intriguing race where at the moment it looks like a certain selection of smaller films will be vying for the award’s top honors.

Boyhood, Birdman, Selma and films such as The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game all seem destined for some forms of success on the night and it’s nice to see a wide selection of films all in contention compared to previous recent years in which but a few films really stood a chance.

The openness of the awards season so far speaks volumes of the quality films that were on display through the year and for each individual title a win at the awards night’s night of nights would be just rewards for efforts that showcased the best the industry had to offer in varying forms.

Main Categories –

Best film –

Interstellar - top

In any other year, Christopher Nolan’s stunning Sci-Fi epic would be sweeping the awards




The Imitation Game


American Sniper



The Theory of Everything


Best Director –

American Sniper - director

Seeing Clint Eastwood in fine form could allow the great to garner another Oscar nomination for his work on American Sniper

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Clint Eastwood – American Sniper

Ava DuVernay – Selma

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Actor –

Eddie Redmayne - theory of everything

Eddie Redmayne will make it to the big time with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

David Oyelowo – Selma

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

Best Actress –

Reese Witherspoon - Wild

While Wild might not shake up most categories, Witherspoon’s central turn should get some attention

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actor –

J.K Simmons - whiplash

A bit player for many years, J.K Simmons should get just rewards for his blistering turn in Whiplash

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

Best Supporting Actress –

Meryl Streep -  Into the woods

It wouldn’t be an Oscar ceremony without a token nomination for Meryl Streep, this time for Into the Woods

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Carmen Ejogo – Selma


Subsidiary Categories –


Original Screenplay –

Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

JC Chandor – A Most Violent Year

Adapted Screenplay –

Jason Dean Hall – American Sniper

Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson – Unbroken

Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Original Score –

Thomas Newman – The Judge

Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Best Cinematography –

Dick Pope – Mr. Turner

Hoyte Van Hoytema – Interstellar

Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman

Jeff Cronenweth – Gone Girl

Best Animated Film –

The Lego Movie

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Boxtrolls

The Book of Life

Best Documentary –


Life Itself

Last Days in Vietnam

Finding Vivian Maier

The Salt of the Earth

Best Foreign Language Film –

Force Majeure

Winters Sleep

Two Days, One Night



Best Film Editing –



The Imitation Game


Gone Girl

Best Production Design –

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mr. Turner

Into the Woods

The Imitation Game

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Best Visual Effects –


Transformers: Age of Extinction

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Best Costume Design –

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Best Original Song –

Everything Is Awesome – The Lego Movie

The Last Goodbye – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Lost Stars – Begin Again

Glory – Selma

Mercy Is – Noah

Best Sound Editing –




Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing –


Gone Girl


Into the Woods

American Sniper

Best Makeup and Hairstyling –

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Guardians of the Galaxy


Into the Woods

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Nomination Tally’s –

Boyhood - end





The Imitation Game8


American Sniper5

The Theory of Everything5





Into the Woods5

Mr. Turner4

Gone Girl6

The Grand Budapest Hotel3

Exodus: Gods and Kings – 3

Still Alice – 1

Two Days, One Night2

Inherent Vice – 1

The Judge1

The Lego Movie2

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies2

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 2

A Most Violent Year – 2

 How do these predictions stack up to your thoughts? Have a few standouts been wrongly omitted? Let us know in the comments below


17 responses to “2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions

  1. I know Meryl Streep is cool and all, but she’s not 18 Oscar noms-good or 3-time Oscar-winner good. Why should someone be rewarded for starring in boring, depressing drama after boring, depressing drama, or starring in Oscar-bait after Oscar-bait? Wait, I just answered my own question 😛

  2. I’d be surprised if either Jake Gyllenhaal or Oscar Isaac (or both) aren’t nominated for Best Actor. Either way, its going to be a close, tight race for every category this year i.e. if both Hoytema/Interstellar and Lubezki/Birdman are nominated for Best Cinematography.

  3. Wow! This list is pretty spot on to how I think things will actually turn out. The acting choices you’ve made seem to only have one, at most two, differences (where I disagree), but you never know. The technical awards and other categories appear to be on the correct side, or most likely. These ones, do tend to be up in the air until the week before nominations are announced and pundits really start calling things definitive. Nicely done!

  4. Can’t find a Like button, but I enjoyed this post as I enjoy all of your material and the interest you have in movies, new and classic.

    Good work, gents!!!


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  5. I wouldn’t omit “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, it’s been creeping up in a lot of precursor awards in more than the Screenplay category. Well deserved nods for Anderson’s best work. I’m happy you included “Mommy”, it’s definitely the best quebecois movie of the year! Blowed me away! 🙂

    • I think there will be a few sneak into contention man, even Nightcrawler seems to be doing a lot better than predicted and I am unsure what people really think of Unbroken.

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