INTRO: Here we are again. My favorite three hours of the year. The Oscar season seems to only increase in length with each passing year and an hour after the Oscars end I find myself already reflecting on the almost two months of films I have seen for this year as well as what has potential this fall/winter to get nominated come next January. It is a never ending cycle of screenings and campaigning and I love it that way. My first four years in the Marine Corps I didn’t have nearly as much free time to watch all the movies I wanted to. For my last year however, I found myself taken out of the infantry and working a desk job which gave me more free time to watch as many Oscar nominated films as possible. There are 45 full length feature films nominated this year (I am not counting the shorts) and I had time to watch 34 of them (I only saw two of the five documentaries nominated and two of the films nominated for Best Song). But like I have every year since 2005 I watched every film nominated for Best Picture and also the MAJOR nominated films (Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay). This way, much like an educated voter voting for the President, I am well aware of who I think should win but then of course who actually will win. 2014 has possibly been the hardest year to predict overall since I started compiling my annual list of predictions but to be honest, 2014 was one of the weakest years for film in recent memory. A summer full of disappointments followed by a lot of these Oscar nominated films up for Best Picture that frankly do not deserve it, while others who deserved nominations didn’t receive them. I won’t even get started on the bullshit controversy of the Academy nominating too many white people. I’m not here to get political. Despite it being not that great of a year for film, I found myself enjoying a lot of movies and picking the best of the best. This year I again continue my tradition of competing against fellow film buff James Wogan to see who gets more predictions correct and takes the winner to a movie. I won last year by a single prediction (although we only differed on three). We could all predict the same winners and have a stalemate but I have a feeling our predictions will be even more varied this year. I went 21/24 last year and will update how I did this year after the Oscars are over. Without further ado, here are my picks…

BEST PICTURE

What will win: Birdman

What should win: Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Who will win: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Who should win: Wes Anderson

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

What should win: Nightcrawler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

What will win: The Imitation Game

What should win: Whiplash

BEST ACTOR

Who will win: Eddie Redmayne

Who should win: Eddie Redmayne

BEST ACTRESS

Who will win: Julianne Moore

Who should win: Julianne Moore

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Who will win: J.K. Simmons

Who should win: J.K. Simmons

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Who will win: Patricia Arquette

Who should win: Patricia Arquette

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

What will win: How to Train Your Dragon 2

What should win: How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

What should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

What will win: Birdman

What should win: Birdman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

What should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST DOCUMENTARY

What will win: Citizenfour

What should win: Citizenfour

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

What will win: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

What should win: N/A

BEST FILM EDITING

What will win: Boyhood

What should win: Whiplash

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

What will win: Ida

What should win: Leviathan

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLING

What will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

What should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

What will win: The Theory of Everything

What should win: Interstellar

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

What will win: Glory from Selma

What should win: Grateful from Beyond the Lights

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

What will win: Feast

What should win: N/A

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

What will win: The Phone Call

What should win: N/A

BEST SOUND EDITING

What will win: American Sniper

What should win: American Sniper

BEST SOUND MIXING

What will win: Whiplash

What should win: Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

What will win: Interstellar

What should win: Interstellar

CLOSING:

Thanks to everyone who actually took the time to read all this. I hope you all enjoy watching the Oscars. Feel free to make your own predictions and comment on here to say what or who you think should or will win certain Oscars. Was I way off in some of my predictions or pretty spot on? What are you looking forward to about the Oscars this year? Since I am moving back home to Phoenix in April, I hope I can go see some movies with any and all of you. Maybe even dress up at some midnight premiers! Until next year, keep watching movies and I will see you at the cineplex 🙂

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