THE 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS: MY PICKS


     In following the annual ritual so many of us love to participate in, below are my picks for the 2015 Academy Awards.  These are not my projected picks, rather they instead indicate how I would vote if I were a member of the Academy and given a ballot.  My choice in each category is highlighted in yellow.


BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

AMERICAN SNIPER

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

BOYHOOD  MY PICK

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

THE IMITATION GAME

SELMA

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

WHIPLASH


PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

STEVE CARELL (FOXCATCHER)

BRADLEY COOPER (AMERICAN SNIPER)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (THE IMITATION GAME)

MICHAEL KEATON (BIRDMAN)  MY PICK

EDDIE REDMAYNE  (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)


PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

ROBERT DUVALL (THE JUDGE)

ETHAN HAWKE (BOYHOOD)

EDWARD NORTON  (BIRDMAN)

MARK RUFFALO  (FOXCATCHER)

J.K. SIMMONS  (WHIPLASH) MY PICK


PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

MARION COTILLARD  (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT)

FELICITY JONES  (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)

JULIANNE MOORE  (STILL ALICE) MY PICK

ROSAMUND PIKE  (GONE GIRL)

REESE WITHERSPOON  (WILD)


PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

PATRICIA ARQUETTE  (BOYHOOD) MY PICK

LAURA DERN  (WILD)

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY  (THE IMITATION GAME)

EMMA STONE  (BIRDMAN)

MERYL STREEP (INTO THE WOODS)


ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

BIRDMAN  -  EMMANUEL LUBEZKI MY PICK

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - ROBERT YEOMAN

IDA - LUKASZ ZAL AND RYSZARD LENCZEWSKI

MR. TURNER - DICK POPE

UNBROKEN - ROGER DEAKINS


ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - MILENA CANONERO MY PICK

INHERENT VICE - MARK BRIDGES

INTO THE WOODS - COLLEEN ATWOOD

MALEFICENT - ANNA B. SHEPPARD

MR. TURNER - JACQUELINE DURRAN


ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

BIRDMAN  - ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU

BOYHOOD - RICHARD LINKLATER MY PICK

FOXCATCHER - BENNETT MILLER

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - WES ANDERSON

THE IMITATION GAME - MORTEN TYLDUM


ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING

AMERICAN SNIPER - JOEL COX AND GARY D. ROACH

BOYHOOD - SANDRA ADAIR 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - BARNEY PILLING

THE IMITATION GAME - WILLIAM GOLDENBERG

WHIPLASH - TOM CROSS MY PICK


ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

FOXCATCHER - BILL CORSO AND DENNIS LIDDIARD  MY PICK

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - FRANCES HANNON AND MARK COULIER

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - ELIZABETH YIANNI-GEORGIOU AND DAVID WHITE


ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - ALEXANDRE DESPLAT

THE IMITATION GAME - ALEXANDRE DESPLAT

INTERSTELLAR - HANS ZIMMER MY PICK

MR. TURNER - GARY YERSHON

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON


ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

PRODUCTION DESIGN: ADAM STOCKHAUSEN SET DECORATION: ANNA PINNOCK

THE IMITATION GAME

PRODUCTION DESIGN: MARIA DJURKOVIC SET DECORATION: TATIANA MACDONALD

INTERSTELLAR  MY PICK

PRODUCTION DESIGN: NATHAN CROWLEY SET DECORATION: GARY FETTIS

INTO THE WOODS

PRODUCTION DESIGN: DENNIS GASSNER SET DECORATION: ANNA PINNOCK

MR. TURNER

PRODUCTION DESIGN: SUZIE DAVIES SET DECORATION: CHARLOTTE WATTS


ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

AMERICAN SNIPER

ALAN ROBERT MURRAY AND BUB ASMAN

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
MARTÍN HERNÁNDEZ AND AARON GLASCOCK

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

BRENT BURGE AND JASON CANOVAS

INTERSTELLAR  MY PICK

RICHARD KING

UNBROKEN

BECKY SULLIVAN AND ANDREW DECRISTOFARO


ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

AMERICAN SNIPER

JOHN REITZ, GREGG RUDLOFF AND WALT MARTIN

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
JON TAYLOR, FRANK A. MONTAÑO AND
THOMAS VARGA

INTERSTELLAR  MY PICK

GARY A. RIZZO, GREGG LANDAKER AND MARK WEINGARTEN

UNBROKEN

JON TAYLOR, FRANK A. MONTAÑO AND DAVID LEE

WHIPLASH

CRAIG MANN, BEN WILKINS AND THOMAS CURLEY


ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

DAN DELEEUW, RUSSELL EARL, BRYAN GRILL AND DAN SUDICK

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

JOE LETTERI, DAN LEMMON, DANIEL BARRETT AND ERIK WINQUIST

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

STEPHANE CERETTI, NICOLAS AITHADI, JONATHAN FAWKNER AND PAUL CORBOULD

INTERSTELLAR  MY PICK

PAUL FRANKLIN, ANDREW LOCKLEY, IAN HUNTER AND SCOTT FISHER

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

RICHARD STAMMERS, LOU PECORA, TIM CROSBIE AND CAMERON WALDBAUER


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

AMERICAN SNIPER - WRITTEN BY JASON HALL

THE IMITATION GAME - WRITTEN BY GRAHAM MOORE

INHERENT VICE - WRITTEN FOR THE SCREEN BY PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - SCREENPLAY BY ANTHONY MCCARTEN

WHIPLASH - WRITTEN BY DAMIEN CHAZELLE  MY PICK


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
WRITTEN BY ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU,
NICOLÁS GIACOBONE, ALEXANDER DINELARIS, JR. & ARMANDO BO

BOYHOOD - WRITTEN BY RICHARD LINKLATER  MY PICK

FOXCATCHER - WRITTEN BY E. MAX FRYE AND DAN FUTTERMAN

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

SCREENPLAY BY WES ANDERSON
STORY BY WES ANDERSON & HUGO GUINNESS

NIGHTCRAWLER - WRITTEN BY DAN GILROY