ByMatt Carter, writer at Creators.co
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With the Golden Globes done and dusted for another year, and the hangovers for all those involved slowly starting to clear, it's now time to turn our attention to the most prestigious of awards ceremonies: The Oscars.

The nominees for this year's awards are now in, and there are more than a few surprises in there. Here are the list of nominees for the big awards, plus who I think will take home the gong:

Nominees for Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

There are some real heavy hitters in this pack - and it really highlights what a great year it's been for cinema. However, one surprising omission is wrestling drama Foxcatcher, which had been garnering some real Oscar buzz of late.

Prediction: Boyhood

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Redmayne and Cumberbatch will be flying the flag for Britain after both putting in stellar performances this year, while the romantic in me would love to see Steve Carell take the award - and then deliver a Brick Tamland-style speech, "I love Oscar!"

I'm also really surprised that David Oyelowo didn't get a nomination for his powerful performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.

Prediction: Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

To be honest, every nominee here could make a case for winning the award. Both Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones have seen their reputations skyrocket on the back of their performances, and Marion Cotillard is probably the finest actress around at the moment. It's a really close category to call.

Prediction: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • JK Simmons, Whiplash

Another extremely competitive category in what could well be the most closely fought Oscars in years. It's great to see the legendary Robert Duvall back in the mix.

Prediction: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Meryl Streep is nominated for her 435 Oscar*, but will face stiff competition from the likes of Patricia Arquette - who recently nabbed a Golden Globe - and Laura Dern if she's going to put another statuette on her already bulging mantelpiece.

Prediction: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

*Not statistically accurate

Best Director

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Despite all the pre-awards talk, not a single female director made the final list, despite strong showings from Angelina Jolie for Unbroken and especially Ava DuVernay for Selma. Is the Academy living up to their stuffy, old, white man image after all?

Prediction: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6
  • Boxtrolls
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song Of The Sea
  • The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

Where the hell is the LEGO Movie? It was the fourth-highest grossing movie domestically of the year and was also a big hit with the critics. Clearly everything is not awesome.

Prediction: Song of the Sea

Best of the Rest

Foreign Language Film

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

Prediction: Leviathan

Best Cinematography

  • Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman
  • Ida, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
  • Unbroken, Roger Deakins

Prediction: Birdman

Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Prediction: The Imitation Game

Original Screenplay

  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

You can check out the rest of the nominees here.

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