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Exclusive: Final Oscar 2015 Nominations Prediction

Updated January 14, 2015
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Finally, the time has arrived for which we have been laying ground all these months. Oscar nominations announcement will happen on Thursday, 15th January. I have been doing Oscar predictions for last three years, and let me tell you, I am finding this year to be the most challenging in terms of predicting the nominees. Except for acting categories — which are more or less settled — every category has too many borderline players, any of which can make into the final five. Even the Best Picture category has six films that are sure to make the nomination list, but the last one/two/three spots are very difficult to predict.

Golden Globes announced its winners on Sunday, but it would hardly influence Oscar votes since the Academy members had already submitted their votes on the Thursday before the ceremony. Though, the Guild awards nominations do throw some light, but their membership is not exactly the same as Academy’s.

Anyway, as you all know, we here at The Cinemaholic do our best to bring to you the most accurate Oscar predictions. This year will be no different. So, take your time to go through the predictions of all the 21 categories (we don’t predict the 3 shorts categories). It is a long list and will need some time to go through one by one. You can also come back, after the nominations are announced, to check how many correct predictions we made.

All the nominees are listed in alphabetical order. 

(The Cinemaholic correctly predicted 85 out of 107 Oscar nominations, and 23 out of 24 Oscar winners last year.)

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman

Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Potential Spoilers:
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl

Best Director

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Ava DuVernaySelma 
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game 
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Potential Spoilers:
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Damien ChazelleWhiplash

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game 
David Oyelow, Selma 
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Potential Spoilers:
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Best Actress

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Potential Spoilers:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Hilary Swank, The Homesman

Best Supporting Actor

Edward Norton, Birdman
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
J K Simmons, Whiplash
Mark RuffaloFoxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge 

Potential Spoilers:
Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Tom Wilkinson, Selma

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone, Birdman
Keira Knightly, The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

Potential Spoilers:
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Naomi Watts, Birdman 

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Potential Spoilers:
Selma
Mr. Turner

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper
Gone Girl

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Potential Spoilers:
Unbroken
Wild

Best Cinematography

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar 
Mr. Turner

Unbroken

Potential Spoilers:
The Imitation Game
Ida

Best Editing

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Potential Spoilers:
American Sniper
Gone Girl

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Potential Spoilers:
Guardians of the Galaxy

Selma

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Theory of Everything

Potential Spoilers:
Foxcatcher

Maleficent

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Potential Spoilers:
Birdman
Maleficent

Best Original Score

Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar

The Theory of Everything

Potential Spoilers:
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Judge

Best Original Song

“Everything is Awesome”, The Lego Movie
“Glory”, Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen Campbell: I’ll be me
“Lost Stars”, Begin Again 
“Mercy is”, Noah

Potential Spoilers:
“Big Eyes”, Big Eyes
“Split the Difference”, Boyhood

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar
Unbroken 

Potential Spoilers:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Birdman

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Birdman

Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Unbroken

Potential Spoilers:
Whiplash
Interstellar

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Potential Spoilers:
Godzilla
Maleficent

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Potential Spoilers:
The Book of Life
Song of the Sea

Best Foreign Film

Wild Tales (Argentina)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Force Majeure (Sweden)

Potential Spoilers:
Tangerines (Estonia)
Accused (Netherlands)

Best Documentary Feature

CitizenFour
Life Itself
Last Days in Vietnam
Keep on Keepin’ On
Virunga

Potential Spoilers:
The Case Against 8
Finding Vivian Maier

Final Tally:
Birdman: 9-11 nominations
The Imitation Game: 8-10 nominations
The Grand Budapest Hotel: 8-10 nominations
Boyhood: 6-7 nominations
The Theory of Everything: 5-6 nominations
Selma: 4-5 nominations
American Sniper: 4-5 nominations
Whiplash: 4-5 nominations
Nightcrawler: 4-5 nominations
Guardians of the Galaxy: 4-5 nominations
Interstellar: 4-5 nominations
Gone Girl: 3-4 nominations
Mr.Turner: 3-4 nominations
Unbroken: 2-3 nominations

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