Tomorrow is the 'Super Bowl" for Films, from Best Actor & Actress to Best Screenplay and of course Best Picture. I made it a goal this year to watch every film that was nominated for Best Picture and all eight movies brought something different to the silver screen. Today, I will give my pick, prediction and sleeper pick for Best Picture as well as Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. I will go on record and say that I have yet to see "Into The Woods" nor "Two Days, One Night" however from all the previous award shows it looks like a two women race for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Now here are the nominees for...
Best Supporting Actress
Emma Stone- Birdman
Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Meryl Streep- Into The Woods
Laura Dern- Wild
Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game
MY PICK- EMMA STONE- Birdman
I am a little bias to Emma Stone because I think she's amazing and I have a crush on her but her role in Birdman was brilliant to say the least. Emma Stone who played the character Sam is a recovering addict who is trying to cope with sobriety and at the same time dealing with her father who was never there while she was growing up. A very versatile actress, Emma continues to push the envelope and I think this role should give her the win.
MY PREDICATION- Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
Although I wasn't too fond of her in Boyhood, she is clearly the front runner in winning the Oscar. She won the Golden Globe for her role in Boyhood and if it's any indication she could land an Oscar for this role. She played the mother in Boyhood, who kept making wrong choices in men while raising her children and going to school to become a professor.
MY SLEEPER PICK- Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game
Keira is clearly the sleeper in this category, she was fierce in "The Imitation Game". Her role as Joan Clarke who kept up with Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the reasons why the movie received a Best Picture nomination. She was a genius herself who teamed up with a few mathematicians along with Alan Tuning played by Benedict Cumberbatch to crack a Nazi code. If Keira wins it will be surely deserved.
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Ruffalo- Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall- The Judge
Ethan Hawke- Boyhood
Edward Norton- Birdman
J.K. Simmons- Whiplash
MY PICK AND PREDICTION- J.K. Simmons- Whiplash
J.K. Simmons was superb. A demanding music teacher who bullied his students by name calling, object throwing and embarrassing them all because he did not like what he heard when they started playing. Forget the Farmers Insurance guy or even J.J. Jameson; J.K. Simmons brought it in this film in which he won this year's Golden Globe for his role. This award is definitely his to win.
MY SLEEPER PICK- Edward Norton- Birdman
Although I feel J.K. Simmons has this award won already, Norton also brought it in Birdman. Norton who was playing the role of Mike, was a well known actor but was very difficult to work with therefore he wasn't landing as many jobs that he would like. Norton and Michael Keaton's chemistry in the film was top notch and you could see it on screen.
Felicity Jones- Theory of Everything
Reese Witherspoon- Wild
Julianne Moore- Still Alice
Marion Cotliard- Two Days, One Night
Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl
MY PICK- Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl
This movie left me saying WTF! Rosamund Pike who played Amy Dunne a twisted and sick wife to Nick Dunne played by Ben Affleck. Amy Dunne plotted against her husband making it seem like he killed her after she was missing for quite some time. She wrote a diary stating that her husband was abusive and that he may even kill her. The plot twist came when she reveals her plan to her husband and making it seem like it was her husband that found her. To play a sick and twisted woman the way Rosamund Pike did should give her the Oscar but it is a two woman race between her and with my prediction.
MY PREDICTION- Julianne Moore- Still Alice
FINALLY! This would be the year that Julianne Moore will get the covenant Oscar win for her role in Still Alice. A linguistics professor who begins to suffer from Alzheimer's disease finds that her everyday life is not easy anymore. She confides to her daughter played by Kristen Stewart as her husband starts to be distant as well as her two other children.
MY SLEEPER PICK- Felicity Jones- Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking played by Felicity Jones, was the wife of the famous Stephen Hawking. Jane had to endure the emotional struggle of being with Stephen Hawking, as he was primarily focused on his life's work. She would monitor him, as well as take care of their children. The emotional wear and tear of their marriage caused her to start having feelings for another man in the very end she and Stephen would divorce and she would go on be happily married. The constant struggle of trying to be the perfect wife was a struggle for Jane and Felicity Jones did an amazing job in bringing that out. While I still think Julianne Moore will win, nobody sleep on Felicity.
Michael Keaton- Birdman
Eddie Redmayne- Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper- American Sniper
Steve Carell- Foxcatcher
MY PICK AND SLEEPER PICK- Steve Carell- Foxcatcher
First thing first, I am a HUGE FAN of Michael Keaton and Bradley Cooper. I love both actors but Steve Carell who played Mr. du Pont in Foxcatcher was right out terrifying. Steve Carell transformed himself from this comedic presence into this dark, mysterious, creepy and even narcissistic person in John du Pont. John du Pont was a very wealthy man who loved wrestling. He recruited a young guy by the name of Mark Schultz played by Channing Tatum to build a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics. He then decides to bring along Mark's brother David Schultz to help train and compete. When Mark failed in the Olympic games, it caused a huge tension between Mark and Mr. du Pont. Mark decides to leave while his brother David decided to stay because of his family. Mr. du Pont felt disrespected he kills David in cold blood. Steve Carell embodied John du Pont and I think out of all the actors, he was slightly better than the rest.
MY PREDICTION- Eddie Redmayne- Theory of Everything
This Best Actor race is really a two man race between Keaton and Redmayne. Now both actors played their roles brilliantly but I think Redmayne will win this by a thread. Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking and he truly perfected each mannerism and even resembled Stephen Hawking. This award can easily go to Keaton as well because he did win this years Golden Globe for his role in Birdman.
Now before I proceed, I must get this off my chest. I did not like "12 Years a Slave" and I strongly felt that it shouldn't have won because there were two movies that were better and they were "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Wolf of Wall Street". Now we all know the controversy with "12 Years a Slave" and how two members of the academy voters did not even see the film and still voted for it truly bothered me. To this day, I don't know if those two votes cost another film a shot at winning Best Picture. Okay, I feel better now let's move on.
MY PICK- BIRDMAN
It wasn't one actor that made this movie, it was the whole cast and crew that made this movie. Birdman was one big tracking shot, following Keaton and the crew. This film was about Riggan Thomson who was a beloved actor that played this iconic superhero named Birdman, wanted to become relevant again and he decides to do a play. Despite receiving harsh criticism by the critics and social media, Riggan Thomson decides to still go on and in the finale of the play on Opening Night he uses a real gun and shoots off his nose. The crowd loves it and gives a standing ovation. This movie was very well directed and the cast had so much chemistry with each other that truly made the movie great.
MY PREDICTION- BOYHOOD
I strongly feel that this movie is bound to win because of the length it took to make this film. This movie took twelve years to make and it kept all their cast members as well which is not easy to do. However, this film is about a boy growing up and dealing with the harsh realities of life.
MY SLEEPER PICKS- American Sniper and Selma
Now I have TWO SLEEPER PICKS! The reason is because I can easily see either one winning out of nowhere.
American Sniper has turned into a BLOCKBUSTER movie during winter season, something that has truly never been done before. With all the word of mouth going on and the publicity this film received it is going on close to the $400 million dollar mark. The Academy may surprise everyone and give this film the win and Clint Eastwood has another Oscar on his shelf.
Selma is another sleeper because this story about Martin Luther King's quest for civil rights and their march to Selma saw David Oyelowo as MLK deliver one hell of a performance. This period piece showed another story of the harsh times during the civil rights movement. This movie is probably the biggest sleeper if it does win but if "12 Years a Slave" can win then this film has a fair shot in winning.
Well those are my picks, predictions & sleepers and while all this is subjective please feel free to let me know what you guys think?
Enjoy the Oscars.