So today is the day of the 87th Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Music Meister/Doctor Horrible himself, Neil Patrick Harris. This year, I thought I’d do something different and offer my predictions in select categories. What would be these categories you ask? Well any that contains either an actual comic book movie (sorry Birdman) or for the acting ones, a prominent actor or actress from a prior comic book movie. So without further ado:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Comic Relation: Michael Keaton played Batman in Batman and Batman Returns while Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange.
My Prediction: While Eddie Redmayne is the favourite to win, I’m going with Michael Keaton. Call it both a sentimental and gut reaction.
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Comic Relation: Marion Cotillard played a role in the Dark Knight Rises while Felicity Jones played Felicia Hardy in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
My Prediction: She’s been winning quite a lot of the awards leading up to this one, so I’m going with Julianne Moore.
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Comic Relation: Both Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo played the Hulk while J.K. Simmons played the perfect rendition of J. Jonah Jameson in all three of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.
My Prediction: Breaking News! J.K. Simmons cruises to a victory in this category, hands down.
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Comic Relation: Emma Stone played Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
My Prediction: The woman I want to see win and the woman who I think will win is one and the same: Patricia Arquette.
Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Comic Relation: Big Hero 6
My Prediction: The Lego Movie is the 100%, no questions asked victor in this….oh, that’s right…the Academy had the audacity not to even nominate it. How To Train Your Dragon 2 then.
Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Comic Relation: Captain America, Guardians, and X-Men.
My Prediction: Despite three of the five nominees being comic book movies, I sadly have to say that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did the better job in relation to selling the visual effects and creating perfect main characters with them.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Comic Relation: Guardians of the Galaxy
My Prediction: Come on Academy! Guardians deserves to win this due to all the practical make-up they used on the aliens rather than going the CGI route.
And those are my predictions. Now I’m not the best one to ask seeing how I’ve barely seen anything nominated but I’d love to hear everyone else’s picks in the comments below!
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