- Best actor:
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher
Michael Keaton in Birdman
My prediction: the Oscar is already in Eddie Redmayne's pockets; except Steve Carrell, because I haven't seen Foxcatcher, nobody in this category deserves the Oscar as much as he does.
My wish: Eddie Redmayne is forgettable in The Other Boleyn Girl, ordinary in My Week with Marilyn and Les Misérables, but his performance as Stephen Hawking in this film is extraordinary, almost comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis's phenomenal performance in My Left Foot.
Result: Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
- Best actress:
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard in Deux jours, une nuit
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
My prediction: Julianne Moore or Rosamund Pike.
My wish: Julianne Moore deserves acclaim and the Oscar for her wonderful, heartfelt and moving portrayal of a successful linguistics professor battling with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; I don't mind if Rosamund Pike wins, because she's absolutely terrifying as the deceitful, calculating, ruthless woman, with a good and innocent look, in Gone Girl; it is also fine for Marion Cotillard to win, though I haven't seen the film, only because I love Marion and like the idea of a French actress getting 2 Oscars.
Result: Julianne Moore in Still Alice
- Best supporting actor:
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
Edward Norton in Birdman
J. K. Simmons in Whiplash
My prediction: J. K. Simmons, because of all the awards he has won for this role.
My wish: none.
Result: J. K. Simmons in Whiplash
- Best supporting actress:
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods
My prediction: Patricia Arquette.
My wish: anyone except Keira Knightley and Emma Stone, because there's nothing remarkable about their performances; I'm OK with Patricia Arquette winning, after all the mother's the best thing about Boyhood.
Result: Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
- Best picture:
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
My prediction: Boyhood, because of the universal acclaim, the high ratings and all the awards. Or Birdman, for some magical reasons. But definitely not The Theory of Everything nor American Sniper nor The Grand Budapest Hotel, and perhaps not Selma either.
My wish: Birdman or The Imitation Game; I'm among the 0,1% who don't see the magic of Boyhood (but for now, won't dwell on that) and, just to be perverse, I hope it won't win; Birdman is a creative, interesting execution of a simple, even ordinary, idea; The Imitation Game has my support for no reason than that I like it and find it good as a biopic, better than The Theory of Everything.
- Best director:
Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman
Richard Linklater- Boyhood
Bennett Miller- Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum- The Imitation Game
My prediction: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, because he has won the Golden Globe and some other awards. Or perhaps Wes Anderson, because The Grand Budapest Hotel is a crazy film and Wes Anderson has a distinctive, recognisable style. Definitely not Morten Tyldum. Definitely not Richard Linklater.
My wish: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, because Birdman is a fine example of how sometimes an idea is less important than the way it is executed; I especially like him to win in case Boyhood gets the Best picture Oscar.
Result: Alejandro G. Iñárritu- Birdman
Some other awards:
Best foreign language film: Ida (Poland)
Best live action short film: The Phone Call
Beset animated short film: Feast
Best animated feature film: Big Hero 6
Best cinematography: Birdman
Best film editing: Whiplash
Best documentary feature: Citizenfour
Best original score: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best original screenplay: Birdman
Best adapted screenplay: The Imitation Game