Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
I would have loved to see Ralph Fiennes (he was robbed in ’94 and ’97) win The Grand Budapest Hotel but sadly he wasn’t nominated. In his absence I think it is s straight fight between Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything and Michael Keaton for Birdman with Keaton being the winner.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
This is a tough one, Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu) feals like the most directed film, but Boyhood (Richard Linklater) is such a bold concept and directors vision that it is hard to rule it out. Then you have The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) with its duel framing device and use of different aspect ratio’s, it has to be in with a shout. I think Richard Liklater may just edge it as Boyhood seems to have a certain momentum.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Birdman is probably the best written film but then you have that Boyhood momentum to deal with. I would completely write-off Nightcrawler that was surprisingly overlooked in the best picture category. Ultimatly I think it will go to Birdman – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Dick Pope for Mr. Turner and Roger Deakins (12 nominations without a win, I would have given him the Oscar for Skyfall) for Unbroken have crafted the best looking movies, but the best photography comes from Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman. I think he will win, not just for what he filmed but how he filmed it.