87th Academy Award Nomination Predictions

Tomorrow is one of the most exciting days of the cinema year – the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced. Over the last month, I have been covering the acting races in depth, but here is a full list of the top categories. Of course not everyone can be nominated, but there are some that could still get in over presumed locks, which I have listed under “Narrowly Missing”

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
American Sniper
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
Narrowly Missing: Foxcatcher, Gone Girl and Interstellar

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
Clint Eastwood for American Sniper
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Narrowly Missing: Ava DuVernay (Selma), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson in Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne as Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Narrowly Missing: Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)*

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer Aniston as Claire Simmons in Cake
Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howland in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliot-Dunne in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Narrowly Missing: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) and Hilary Swank (The Homesman)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Robert Duvall as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge
Ethan Hawke as Mason Evans Sr. in Boyhood
Edward Norton as Mike Shiner in Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash
Narrowly Missing: Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice), Tom Wilkinson (Selma) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans in Boyhood
Jessica Chastain as Anna Morales in A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone as Sam Thomson in Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods
Narrowly Missing: Laura Dern (Wild), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) and Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)

BEST WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
Narrowly Missing: Selma, Mr. Turner and The LEGO Movie

BEST WRITING – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
Wild
Narrowly Missing: Inherent Vice, American Sniper and Unbroken

PLEASE NOTE: I have got Steve Carell in both Lead and Supporting, as SAG and the Golden Globes nominated him in lead, and BAFTA in supporting. This category confusion could put Carell in either category.

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