Undefended: Oscar Picks

Nominations for the Academy Awards were recently announced. This week, a handful of FilmFisher regulars wrote in their own picks for some of the top awards given out at the Oscars.

Birdman

Brian Murnion:

  1. Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. Best Original Screenplay: Leviathan
  3. Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
  4. Best Lead Actor: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  5. Best Actress: Paulina Garcia (Gloria)
  6. Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  7. Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, “Birdman”

 

Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette:

Unlike some members of the Academy, I’m only picking films I have seen, so my list is somewhat limited.

  1. Best Picture: The Imitation Game
  2. Best leading actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  3. Best leading actress: Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
  4. Best supporting actor: Robert Duvall, The Judge
  5. Best supporting actress: Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
  6. Best original screenplay: Edge of Tomorrow

And just for kicks, Best animated film: The Lego Movie

James Banks:

  1. Best Picture: Calvary
  2. Best Original Screenplay: Calvary
  3. Best Director: Darren Arnofsky, Noah
  4. Best Leading Actor: Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Best Leading Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  6. Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Goldblum, Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Best Supporting Actress: Kelly Reilly, Calvary

Timothy Lawrence

  1. Film: Under The Skin
  2. Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Director: Alejandro González Iñarritu (Birdman)
  4. Actor: Tom Hardy (Locke)
  5. Actress: Scarlett Johansson (Under The Skin)
  6. Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  7. Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Best animated film: Song of the Sea, although The LEGO Movie was undoubtedly deserving of a nomination.

Remy Wilkins

Apologies for not having seen what are probably the best:

  1. Best Picture: Boyhood
  2. Most Original Screenplay: Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Best Director: Denis Villeneuve for Enemy
  4. Best Leading Actor: Tom Hardy for Locke
  5. Best Leading Actress: Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
  7. Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Nate Douglas

  1. Best Picture: Boyhood
  2. Most Original Screenplay: Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson—Inherent Vice
  4. Best Leading Actor: Michael Keaton— Birdman
  5. Best Leading Actress: Rosamund Pike—Gone Girl
  6. Best Supporting Actor: Ethan Hawke—Boyhood
  7. Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette—Boyhood

Joshua Gibbs:

  1. Best picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Best original screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Best director: Alejandro González Iñarritu for Birdman
  4. Best leading actor: Michael Keaton for Birdman
  5. Best leading actress: ScarJo for Under The Skin (not a great year for lead actresses, admittedly)
  6. Best supporting actor: Edward Norton for Birdman
  7. Best supporting actress: Rene Russo for Nighcrawler

And finally, after a decade long reign as the uncontested finest soundtrack composer currently working, Alexander Desplat was bested this year by Mica Levi  whose soundtrack for Under The Skin was unlike anything before it.

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

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