The Oscars are this Sunday, and before the awards are given out, here are my Oscar predictions on who will and who should walk away with the gold.
Best Supporting Actor
Who will win: JK Simmons for “Whiplash” – Simmons is a lock for this award and rightly so; he gives the best performance of his career in a mesmerizing role.
Who should win: JK Simmons. Adding to what I have already he said, he has won every single award up to this point and there is no reason he won’t add the Oscar to his collection of hardware.
Dark Horse: Edward Norton for “Birdman”. While I don’t think anyone else has any shot at all, Norton like always delivers a great performance worthy of recognition.
Best Supporting Actress
Who will win: Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.” Once again, The Academy is enamored with “Boyhood” and that includes Arquette’s performance as a mom trying to raise her two children. To top it all off, she has won numerous awards for her performance that includes the Golden Globe.
Who should win: Keira Knightley for “ The Imitation Game.” Knightley was brilliant in her performance opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She provided a great counter to his performance and their chemistry was tremendous.
Dark horse to win: Emma Stone for “Birdman.” Emma Stone gives a surprising and fantastic performance and is able to stand out among a plethora of great actors that includes Keaton, Norton, and Watts.
Who will win: Richard Linklater for “Boyhood.” Given the fact that the movie was filmed over 12 years and turned out to be pretty good, plus the fact that “Boyhood” is the Oscar darling of this season, he should be walking away with the gold.
Who should win: Linklater. This was a gigantic risk for Linklater, but he took it and it paid off. He deserves to be recognized for this historic achievement to cinema.
Dark Horse to win: Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman.” He was responsible for bringing the most original movie of the year, both in story and in which it was filmed. It’s incredible one-shot technique made the movie stand out among all the others of 2014.
Who will win: Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”. She is basically a shoe in at this point and has been sweeping up all the awards prior to the Oscars. She gives such a powerful performance of a woman struggling with early set Alzheimer’s that will stay with you long after.
Who should win: Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl”. She gave the best performance of her career and in my opinion the year. She really showed a lot of range in her portrayal of a wife that will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
Dark Horse to win: Felicity Jones – She could be the Oscar darling as everyone is buzzing for her performance as Stephen Hawking’s wife. The fact that she is able to hold her own against Redmayne’s incredible performance speaks volume to her performance.
Who will win: Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything”- His performance as Stephen Hawking has garnered critical praise and has already won numerous awards including the Golden Globe. Despite spending most of the movie not being able to talk, he still is able to illustrate the incredible life of Hawking.
Who should win: Michael Keaton for “Birdman” – Talk about a career-defining role. Keaton makes his comeback to the big screen and gives the best performance of the year where he isn’t afraid to take shots at himself.
Dark horse to win: Benedict Cumberbatch for “Imitation Game”- His portrayal of Alan Turing was spectacular and brought great emotional depth to the unsung hero of WWII.
Who will win: “Boyhood”. The Academy is clearly in love with this movie and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. It has been cleaning up all the other awards and should be considered the favorite to walk away with the Oscar gold.
Who should win: “Birdman”- The most original movie of the year is just absolutely fantastic and should be recognized for its achievement to cinema.
Dark horse to win: “Imitation Game”- An emotional roller coaster ride and a great look at Alan Turing, the man that was instrumental in helping the Allies win WWII.