Film Feature: Carrie and Chad Pick the Oscars

by Carrie Kahn on February 20, 2015

Film critics Carrie and Chad on who will – and who should – win the 87th Academy Awards

The 87th Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 22nd on ABC at 5:00pm PST (red carpet coverage begins at 4:00, if you want to dish on fashion highs and lows). There are some tight races this year – Best Picture and Best Actor are especially hard to call. Here are Carrie and Chad’s predictions – and hopes – for the major categories:

BEST PICTURE:

Nominees: American Sniper/Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)/Boyhood/The Grand Budapest Hotel/The Imitation Game/Selma/The Theory of Everything/Whiplash
Carrie: Will Win: Boyhood; Should Win: Boyhood
Chad: Will Win: Boyhood; Should Win: Boyhood

Boyhood or Birdman? It’s going to be a nail-biter!

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:

Nominees: Alexander G. Iñárritu, Birdman/Richard Linklater, Boyhood/Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher/Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel/Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Carrie: Will Win: Richard Linklater; Should Win: Richard Linklater
Chad: Will Win: Richard Linklater; Should Win: Richard Linklater

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Nominees: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher/Bradley Cooper, American Sniper/Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game/Michael Keaton, Birdman/Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Carrie: Will Win: Michael Keaton; Should Win: Eddie Redmayne
Chad: Will Win: Michael Keaton; Should Win: Michael Keaton

Best Actor is going to be a showdown between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton.

Best Actor is the other big race to watch: Redmayne or Keaton for the win?

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Nominees: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night/Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything/Julianne Moore, Still Alice/Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl/Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Carrie: Will Win: Julianne Moore; Should Win: Julianne Moore
Chad: Will Win: Julianne Moore; Should Win: Julianne Moore

This one's a given.

This one’s a given.

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Nominees: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood/Laura Dern, Wild/Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game/Emma Stone, Birdman/Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Carrie: Will Win: Patricia Arquette; Should Win: Patricia Arquette
Chad: Will Win: Patricia Arquette; Should Win: Patricia Arquette

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Nominees: Robert Duvall, The Judge/Ethan Hawke, Boyhood/Edward Norton, Birdman/Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher/J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Carrie: Will Win: J.K. Simmons; Should Win: J.K. Simmons
Chad: Will Win: J.K. Simmons; Should Win: Mark Ruffalo

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Nominees: Big Hero 6/The Boxtrolls/How to Train Your Dragon 2/Song of the Sea/The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Carrie: Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2; Should Win: Big Hero 6
Chad: Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2; Should Win: Didn’t see enough nominees.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Nominees: Citzenfour/Finding Vivian Maier/Last Days in Vietnam/The Salt of the Earth/Virunga
Carrie: Will Win: Citizenfour; Should Win: Life Itself (okay, it’s not even nominated, but it should have been – and it should have won!)
Chad: Will Win: Citizenfour; Should Win: Didn’t see enough nominees.

Documentaries

The Best Documentary Feature contenders.

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Nominees: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman/Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel/Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida/Dick Pope, Mr. Turner/Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Carrie: Will Win: Birdman; Should Win: Birdman
Chad: Will Win: Birdman; Should Win: Birdman

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

Nominees: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel/Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice/Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods/Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent/Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Carrie: Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Chad: Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE:

Nominees: Ida (Poland)/Leviathan (Russia)/Tangerines (Estonia)/Timbuktu (Mauritania)/Wild Tales (Argentina)
Carrie: Will Win: Ida; Should Win: Ida
Chad: Will Win: Ida; Should Win: Didn’t see enough nominees.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Nominees: Jason Hall, American Sniper/Graham Moore, The Imitation Game/Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice/Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything/Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Carrie: Will Win: The Imitation Game; Should Win: The The Theory of Everything
Chad: Will Win: Whiplash; Should Win: Whiplash

Nominations for the adapted screenplay Oscar

Images from the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Nominees: Alexander G. Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo, Birdman/Richard Linklater, Boyhood/E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher/Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel/Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Carrie: Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Should Win: Nightcrawler
Chad: Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Should Win: Birdman

 

And just for fun – and to tide you over until the big night on Sunday – enjoy this very funny spoof of one of the Best Picture nominees:

Carrie Kahn

Moving from the arthouse to the multiplex with grace, ease, and only the occasional eye roll.

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