The most glamorous day of the year has arrived! I have always loved the Oscars and this year is no different. There was a time not so long ago that I dreamed of being an actress and imagined myself walking the red carpet in a beautiful dress. I tried it out and the industry was not for me. I still hold on to the idea that one day I might go back to it.
That being said, I hold the Academy Awards very dear to my heart even though they are political, the best actor doesn’t always win (clearly, or Leonardo DiCaprio would have won at least one by now), and fewer and fewer people tune in every year.
This year, I’ve watched a good number of the nominees so I feel pretty prepared. I’ve seen Boyhood, American Sniper, Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl, Imitation Game, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Interstellar, and a bunch of the other films that were only nominated once.
The Big Six
There is a difference between who you want to win and who you think will win. I think Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore are shoe-ins; I’ll be very surprised if they don’t win but I would like to see Marion Cotillard get the Oscar. If you haven’t seen La Vie En Rose, you should; Cotillard is an acting powerhouse. I was also blown away by Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher. He really became Du Pont and consistently made me uneasy throughout the film. Keaton and Moore did give outstanding performances and I wouldn’t be disappointed if they were to win but I prefer Cotillard and Carrell (even though I don’t think they’ll win).
For supporting, I’m pretty confident with Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo. Their performances were great, they both reached emotional depths that I had yet to see from either of them and they were so invested in their projects. I haven’t read many other predictions because I want to go in with a clean slate so I’m not sure who the front runner is in this category but these selections are pretty solid.
Honorable mention to all the acting nominees. I was really impressed with the nominees this year. Particularly (aside from the ones I’ve already mentioned) Pike, Witherspoon, Cooper, Cumberbatch, and Simmons.
Linklater will probably win Best Director. Boyhood is a pretty impressive ode to creative thought and a good deal of follow through. I’m sure keeping the same cast and cinematic style throughout twelve years of filming is no easy feat and it hasn’t been done before so there’s something to say about innovation.
I kept flipping back and forth from Birdman to Boyhood for Best Picture and I landed on Birdman. It is a great film with great actors and a very compelling plot.
If you love this ballot as much as I do, then pop over to Glitter Guide and print off your own! Unfortunately, it doesn’t have all the categories on it so here are my predictions for the ones not on the ballot.
Have a fabulous, glamourous night, let me know your picks and how many you get right!