ByCarl Morris, writer at Creators.co

Since there inauguration 87 years ago the Oscars have recognized outstanding achievement in cinema. This years awards see the academy recognize a very wide selection of age, gender, nationality and prestige. In this article I'll be talking you through my picks for this Sundays awards and talking you through where I think the academy has got it right and wrong this year and who I would give the awards to. Lets start with.....

Best Supporting Actress

The nominees are...

  • Emma Stone for Birdman
  • Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Laura Dern for Wild
  • Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
  • Meryl Streep (again) for Into the woods.

My winner in this category is Keira Knightley in the Imitation Game. She gave a flawless performance as Joan Clarke.

Best Supporting Actor

The nominees look something like this

  • JK Simmons for Whiplash
  • Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
  • Robert DuVall (WTF?) for The Judge
  • Mark Ruffallo for Foxcatcher
  • Edward Norton for Birdman

My winner is JK Simmons for Whiplash. No competition. The villain always wins in this category.

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

Nominees =

  • Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  • Jason Hall (American Sniper)
  • Anthony McCarten (The Theory of everything)

The winner is.... Damien Chazelle. Easily one of the most impressive movies of the last 12 months. A strong category however.

Best Screenplay (Original)

Nominations are

  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Alejandro G. Inarrtu, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. for Birdman
  • Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness for Grand Budapest Hotel
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcather
  • Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler

The winner is... Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness. The grand budapest hotel was so good it has stayed in the minds of the Academy for nine months or so. Nightcrawler is a close second for me

Best Actor

The nominees are...

  • Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
  • Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton for Birdman
  • Bradley Cooper for American Sniper

The winner is.... Michael Keaton for Birdman. A stand out peformance this year from a rejuvinated Keaton. No Timothy Spall (Mr.Turner) or Ralph Fiennes (GBH)

which is a surprise.

Oh, I so don't care about the podium at the Oscars. I've stood at the podium at the Oscars and that's close enough. To be a presenter is as close as I need to be. ~Steve Carell.

Best Actress

Nominations are

  • Marion Cottilard for Two days, one night
  • Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
  • Julianne Moore for Still Alice
  • Reese Witherspoon for Wild
  • Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

The winner is Rosamund Pike for Gone girl. A purely outstanding peformance for Pike in Fincher's Gone Girl. Julianne Moore the clear favorite.

Best Animated Feature

  • Boxtrolls
  • Big Hero 6
  • Song of the sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • How to train your dragon 2

The winner is Big Hero 6. From the makers of Frozen and Wreck it Ralph comes a beautifully constructed feature with one of the best characters of the year. No Lego Movie though?

Best Director

  • Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game (Why academy, why?)
  • Alejandro G. Inarrtu for Birdman
  • Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Wes Anderson for Grand Budapest Hotel

The winner for me is Richard Linklater. Maybe, technically not the best director but a phenomenally outstanding piece of film-making from Linklater. If not Linklater then anyone else apart from Tyldum.

Best Picture

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

Winner is Boyhood. My favorite film of last year. Maybe Birdman, whiplash or Selma all worthy contenders.

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