2015 Oscars: J and E’s Overview and Final Predictions

Article compiled by Jordan and Eddie on 20/02/2015

A muted response has greeted this year’s Oscar nomination field and rightfully so, as in many respects this years nominations have seemingly been the safe bets and many unique films have been left out in categories they seemed destined to compete in.

There were a few genuine surprises (Lego Movie’s snub) and some pretty big over achievers, namely in this case Wes Anderson’s well-made and fun jaunt The Grand Budapest Hotel (seriously though, is it a 9 Oscar Nominations worthy film? Some would suggest not). While films like that and the overrated Boyhood lapped up nominations other likely films such as Gone Girl (seriously how did this miss out on adapted screenplay?), Interstellar, Selma and Nightcrawler either struggled for nominations or reaped in a few token nominations.

It really does seem as though this year’s race is between Birdman and Boyhood and perhaps even the aforementioned Grand Budapest Hotel but we guess you never know, there could be some major upsets brewing in what we can only hope is an entertaining and on song ceremony.

As always, happy reading and happy watching!

Jordan’s Overview –


Most happy about?

The great toy advertisement that is the Lego Movie missing out on Oscar’s love, as well as Michael Keaton reaping recognition for his finest hour and (and perhaps most of all) another Ghibli film in competition – good luck The Tale of the Princess Kaguya!

Most unhappy about?


Streep, Streep, Streep, Streep, Streep.

Her character name is “The Witch” for goodness sake.

Biggest Surprise?

Eddie wholeheartedly disagrees with the love shown for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (he wrote the above introduction), and given I’ve been a staunch critic of his for a long time so should I, but in this instance I’ll be humble enough to declare I actually admire this film quite a bit and though surprised it garnered the equal highest nominations I’m happy about it.

The world needs more F. Murray Abraham.

Biggest Snub?

Kevin Smith’s mammal horror masterpiece Tusk of course…

Lucky to be there?

Clearly Streep and Into the Woods got lost on their way to the Razzies.

Eddie’s Overview –


Most happy about?

Birdman love and Interstellar’s token nominations

Birdman is a hugely entertaining film and its star Michael Keaton is a well-respected and long serving actor that deserves to once more see success. While Interstellar deserved more recognition, I will take its 5 nominations as credit for a movie that showed other blockbusters how it’s done.

Most unhappy about?

Meryl Streep and no Nolan love

Without wanting to be a broken record – how on earth does Streep continue to be nominated! It seems as though people see her name on the ballot and just pick her, my goodness can the Streep love please stop!

Poor old Christopher Nolan just doesn’t seem to luck out with the Academy and his high thinking, technically marvelous movies continue to not be rewarded the way in which other counterpart’s project would be.

Biggest Surprise?

Carrell in for Best Actor and The Lego Movie missing out

Steve Carrell looks great in Foxcatcher but from all reports it seems as though his turn is more support than lead and in a field that featured many worthy nominees his place seemingly has stopped others from a chance at glory.

The other major surprise was the non-inclusion of the Lego Movie in the Best Animated Film category. A frontrunner up until nominations were announced something is surely amiss for this favourite to have missed out.

Biggest Snub?

No Nolan for directing, Lego Movie snub and Jake Gyllenhaal missing out for Nightcrawler

Nolan and The Lego Movie have been spoken about but what about poor old Jake Gyllenhaal? The man has put in 3 award worthy turns in Enemy, Prisoners and Nightcrawler yet missed out on all. Will Southpaw be the film that sees him garner some well-earned glory?

Lucky to be there?

Meryl Streep

Please Meryl, take a year off and let someone else be nominated, cheers.


Best Picture

BP - Boyhood

People really seemed to love seeing Mason grow up in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, will the good will see it win the ultimate prize?

American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Theory of Everything      Dark Horse: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Eddie – Winner: Boyhood       Dark Horse: Birdman

Best Director

BD - Wes

Arthouse king to Oscar Winning director? Wes Anderson may just claim top prize in 2015

Alejandro González Iñárritu “Birdman”

Richard Linklater “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller “Foxcatcher”

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Wes Anderson     Dark Horse: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Eddie – Winner: Richard Linklater       Dark Horse: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Best Actor

BAct - Michael

Former Batman Michael Keaton seems like frontrunner for his awesome turn in Birdman

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Eddie Redmayne     Dark Horse: Michael Keaton

Eddie – Winner: Michael Keaton      Dark Horse: Eddie Redmayne

Best Actress

Bactre - Julianne

One of the safest bets of the night will be on Julianne Moore for her turn in indie flick Still Alice

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Julianne Moore     Dark Horse: Reese Witherspoon

Eddie – Winner: Julianne Moore      Dark Horse: Reese Witherspoon

Best Supporting Actor

Supporting Act - J.K

After years of “bit parts” J.K Simmons looks set to become an Oscar winner thanks to his blistering role in Whiplash

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: J.K Simmons     Dark Horse: Mark Ruffalo

Eddie – Winner: J.K Simmons      Dark Horse: Edward Norton

Best Supporting Actress

Into the Woods

Yep that is Meryl Streep, why was she nominated? Because she’s Meryl Streep silly!

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Laura Dern     Dark Horse: Keira Knightley

Eddie – Winner: Patricia Arquette     Dark Horse: Laura Dern

Best Animated Film

Big Hero 6

Disney’s box office hit Big Hero 6 could count itself an Oscar winner come the nights end

“Big Hero 6”

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2      Dark Horse: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Eddie – Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2     Dark Horse: The Boxtrolls

Best Original Screenplay


The creepy Foxcatcher with a near unrecognizable Steve Carrel is a strong player in this years awards

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel    Dark Horse: Foxcatcher

Eddie – Winner: Boyhood       Dark Horse: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper

While it’s patriotic to it’s core, American Sniper may just be powerful enough to claim this award

Jason Hall, “American Sniper”

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Imitation Game      Dark Horse: The Theory of Everything

Eddie – Winner: Whiplash      Dark Horse: The Imitation Game

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”

Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel       Dark Horse: Birdman

Eddie – Winner: Birdman        Dark Horse: Unbroken

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Inherent Vice”

“Into the Woods”


“Mr. Turner”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel      Dark Horse: Inherent Vice

Eddie – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel       Dark Horse: Into the Woods

Best Documentary Feature


“Last Days in Vietnam”


“The Salt of the Earth”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Citizenfour         Dark Horse: The Salt of the Earth

Eddie – Winner: Citizenfour      Dark Horse: Finding Vivian Maier

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”


“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Joanna     Dark Horse: Our Curse

Eddie – Winner: The Reaper    Dark Horse: Joanna

Best Film Editing

“American Sniper”


“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Whiplash       Dark Horse: Boyhood

Eddie – Winner: Boyhood      Dark Horse: Whiplash

Best Foreign Language Film




“Wild Tales”


Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Ida        Dark Horse: Tangerines

Eddie – Winner: Ida        Dark Horse: Leviathan

 Best Makeup and Hairstyling


“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Foxcatcher      Dark Horse: Guardians of the Galaxy

Eddie – Winner: Foxcatcher     Dark Horse: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”

Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Interstellar       Dark Horse: Mr Turner

Eddie – Winner: Interstellar      Dark Horse: The Imitation Game

Best Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”

“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”

“Grateful” by Diane Warren, “Beyond the Lights”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Begin Again”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Everything is Awesome     Dark Horse: Glory

Eddie – Winner: Glory      Dark Horse: Everything is Awesome

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel       Dark Horse: The Imitation Game

Eddie – Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel      Dark Horse: Into the Woods

Best Animated Short Film

“The Bigger Picture”

“The Dam Keeper”


“Me and My Moulton”

“A Single Life”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: A Single Life       Dark Horse: The Dam Keeper

Eddie – Winner: A Single Life      Dark Horse: The Bigger Picture

Best Live Action Short Film


“Boogaloo and Graham”

“Butter Lamp”


“The Phone Call”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Aya        Dark Horse: Parvaneh

Eddie – Winner: Butter Lamp      Dark Horse: Aya

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper”


“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”



Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Birdman     Dark Horse: American Sniper

Eddie – Winner: Interstellar        Dark Horse: American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing

“American Sniper”





Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Whiplash     Dark Horse: Birdman

Eddie – Winner: Interstellar    Dark Horse: Unbroken

Best Visual Effects

“Captain America: Winter Soldier”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”


“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Predictions –

Jordan – Winner: Interstellar    Dark Horse: Guardians of the Galaxy

Eddie – Winner: Interstellar     Dark Horse: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


How does this overview compare to your thoughts? Are you happy/unhappy with this years nominees? Let us know in the comments below!

27 responses to “2015 Oscars: J and E’s Overview and Final Predictions

  1. Haven’t officially picked mine yet, although most will fall in line with many of the picks you both had, as well as the ones everybody else believes. The only one I fully disagree with right now, is in Original Score. I don’t believe that Hans Zimmer will win. I’ve actually heard all five, thank you Spotify! and can understand why “The Theory of Everything” has done so well in this category. But, then again, there’s a reason we call them surprises. This could be it here. We see it in other categories, from awards ceremony to awards ceremony, all the time, why not this year and in this category?

  2. I’ll have to come up with my predictions. I don’t want Boyhood to win. I also thought it was overrated. And I’m incredibly disappointed that Jake Gyllenhaal was snubbed and Gone Girl didn’t receive more nominations. Sunday night will be interesting!

  3. I really think Nightcrawler as a whole was shafted. As was A Most Violent Year. And I cannot believe David Oyelowo missed out on a best actor nomination. I think I can live with any of the nominees winning any of the categories as long as American Sniper wins nothing because it was hooooooooooooooorrible. And Meryl Streep… honestly all she did was spin around and shriek!

  4. ‘A Most Violent Year,’ has sadly been overlooked, caught it at a media screening last week, loved it! I haven’t picked my winners as yet, but I think this year it’s tricky, could easily go to any film! We’ll see on Monday I guess :p

  5. Very interesting reading here. For me the two biggest ‘snubs’ were The Babadook (my favourite film of 2014) and Nightcrawler (my second favourite film of 2014), though unlike you guys I really liked Boyhood and would rather it win in Best Picture over Birdman (because I know that Whiplash, while it deserves better, will likely be overlooked).

    One gripe I have with this post though: I think your definition of what a ‘dark horse’ is may be a little off. Usually a dark horse is something that could win which people won’t see coming. Saying Birdman is a dark horse in the Best Picture category, for example, isn’t really applicable because it is the outright favourite anyway. For me Best Picture is a straight fight between Birdman and Boyhood, though I’d put Whiplash as a dark horse – as a win that most people wouldn’t see coming.

    You can read what my overview here: https://oneofthem1s.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/film-awards-season

    • Nightcrawler was a massive snub no doubt and I know both of us wish we could of enjoyed the Babadook more than what many others seem to have.

      I would not be overly surprised to see Whiplash win, I think it has more of a chance than as you say people see coming as a heap of people loved it.

  6. well, you guys were more right than I was in my predictions–so congrats! i just didn’t like birdman at all, and was very surprised to see it do so well, although i shouldn’t be surprised because hollywood loves moves about hollywood. agree with the streep thing, too. i didn’t think she did even a passable job in into the woods. great post guys. thanks.

    • Cheers Jamie! I would suggest it was one of my worst years predicting but I was quite happy to see the love shared. I have sadly not yet seen Birdman but agree that Hollywood loves movies about itself, just see the awful the Artist ha.

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