The 2015 Academy Awards are fast approaching. Here's our list of predcitions for the big winners.
Best Picture: Front-Runner - Boyhood
This outcome of the Best Picture Race will remain uncertain until the envelope is opened. It's the closest race in decades, and either Boyhood or Birdman will win by a nose (or beak).
Best Picture: Possible Upset - Birdman
Birdman is a slight underdog, as it's not as a film like Boyhood comes along once in a lifetime (literally). Still, the Academy loves flicks about actors and the industry, particularly when they're as self-referential as Birdman.
Best Actor: Front-Runner - Eddie Redmayne
Until a few weeks ago, Michael Keaton was considered a lock in this race. Since then, however, Redmayne has become the odds-on favorite, thanks to big wins at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
Best Actor: Possible Upset - Michael Keaton
Keaton could still pull out, of course. He was electrifying in Birdman, and Hollywood loves a comeback.
Julianne Moore: Best Actress (Lock of the Night)
There's no possible upset here. Expect Moore to take home the little gold guy for her stirring performance in Still Alice.
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Another Safe Bet)
Bet the farm on Simmons. No other supporting role captured nearly as much attention this year as Simmons' gripping turn in Whiplash.
Best Supporting Actress: Front-Runner - Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette is the favorite for her role as a harried single mom in Boyhood.
Best Supporting Actress: Possible Upset: Emma Stone
But Emma Stone is one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood, and her work in Birdman is the best of her career thus far.
Best Director: Front-Runner: Richard Linklater
Linklater shot Boyhood over the course of 12 years. It's an unprecedented feat, and you can expect him to take home an Oscar for his commitment.
Best Director: Possible Upset - Alejandro Inarritu
Of course, Birdman is a marvel in its own right. The film has the appearance of being chot in one continuous take, and it's wildly witty script (co-penned by Inarritu) is equally impressive.