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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.

Best Director

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.

Best Actress

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.

Best Actor

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.

Best Picture

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.

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Wham! artists George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley

The journey of Wham! started in 1981 when it was formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They met at Bushey Meads School near the town of Watford, England. The two at first performed in a short-lived band called The Executive, with three of their previous school friends David Mortimer, Harry Tadayon and Andrew Leaver. They later split but Michael and Ridgeley stuck together and formed Wham! They might as well be one of the best bands to ever come from the UK right next to the Beatles. Wham! became very popular in America and soon landed a contract with Epic Records and CBS. They became known as a heart throb to many American and European teenage girls. Wham! produced several number one hits 

The Bronco Beat is a monthly article that will focus on Boise State Athletics

It has been another month let’s see what the Bronco Beat has for us in store this month.

Men’s basketball- The Broncos tipped off their season just a few weeks ago and are off to good start. The Broncos are 3-0 and have been led by senior forward Anthony Drmic.  Drmic has been averaging 20.6 points a game and is coming off a season high 29 points against Montana. Boise State will face their toughest test of the season when they go on the road to face third ranked Wisconsin. This is only the third time in school history that the Broncos have faced a top three program.

Women’s basketball- The Boise State women’s basketball team also opened up there season. The Broncos are off to a hot start with a 3-0 record and have been led by senior guard Deanna Weaver who is averaging 15.6 points a game.  Boise State will now head on the road to first face Southern Utah and then off to the Great Alaska Shootout.

Women’s volleyball- The Broncos just defeated San Diego State in four sets 27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 to win their fifth game in a row. What made the game extra special was that it was on senior night as the Broncos sent seniors Alyssa Gammel, Brittany Reardon, and Taylor Murphy out on a high note. Boise State just has two more games left in the season. The Broncos could finish 3rd in the conference if they win out and that would be the highest finish the Broncos have had in years.

Wrestling- The Broncos opened their season at home last week with a tri-dual meet against Utah Valley and Iowa State. Boise State defeated Utah Valley in a nail biter 19-18 but then fell to Iowa State 36-8. This will be an interesting season for the Broncos as they have 11 freshman on the team and no returning NCAA tournament participants for the first in years. The Broncos will be back at home when they face Oregon State on Dec. 13.

Cross Country- The men’s and women’s cross county teams are gearing up for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. For the men the Broncos will be represented by freshman Andrew Rafla. The women’s team which is ranked 11th in the nation will be represented by senior Emma Bates, senior Marisa Howard, freshman Emma Hyyppa, senior Tessa Murray, freshman Sarah Hastings, sophomore Anna Holdiman, freshman Gracie Tostenson, and freshman Anne Brinegar.  Bates will be the person to keep an eye for as she is coming off a runner up finish from a year ago.

Football- The Boise State Broncos just keep finding ways to win as was evident in their come from behind victory over San Diego State a week ago on The Blue. The Bronco just have two more games left on the season with a road game against Wyoming and the home finale against Utah State. If the Broncos are able to win out they would go to the Mountain West Championship game which would be right here on The Blue. A win there could give the Broncos an opportunity to play in their third BCS Bowl game.

If you would like more information on these teams and our other sports teams please go to www.broncosports.com

Tennis came to town and boy, they killed it. Every issue that I had with their newest album fell away as they performed tracks, both young and old, without any backing vocals or excess processing. The songs felt clearer and really showcase not only the group’s talent, but also their creative philosophies.

Also at the show were Boise locals Transistor Send and touring group Pure Bathing Culture, who were both excellent.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Not only is fall upon us, but your favorite holiday is approaching! You may not be aware of all the fun events that are going on. Here are some highlights of some of the top ones you won’t want to miss!

Halloween Trolley Tour-

Possibly the best rock concert I will go to this year!!! :)

Vocalist Jonny Hawkins and Guitarist Mark Vollelunga
Vocalist Jonny Hawkins looking studly
Bassist Daniel Oliver doing backing vocals
Drummer Paul O’Brien working intensely \m/
Guitarist Mark Vollelunga
Here comes the best part of the show: bass solo!!!
Two-man bass solo?!?
Getting intricate!
Three-man bass solo!!!!!! OMG!!!!
Vocalist Jonny Hawkins
All the instrumentalists jamming together \m/
Guitarist Mark sings through his guitar
Jonny Hawkins taking vocal command
Jonny modulating his own voice