Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oscar Stars Expected to Shine 2015

Elizabeth Both
Staff Writer
This year has been an extraordinary year for movies. Between Chris Pratt swooping in on an alien adventure in Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy as one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, to Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama taken over the span of twelve years, Boyhood,this year was jam packed. The Oscars are taking place on Feb. 22, and these are the movies that I think will steal the screen scene during the ceremony. Also according to an Oscar Prediction Poll, 82 people in New Hope Solebury voted for who will win Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Picture at the star studded ceremony later this year.
Best Picture: Most Likely Winner- Selma which was a beautifully constructed film, depicting how the Selma to Montgomery Marches in 1965 came to be with raunching truth. Especially with everything that has happened in 2014, this is the type of raw nerving urgency that America as a whole needs to see. After all, it is our history.
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • American Sniper
  • Whiplash
Best Actress: Most Likely Actress- Julianne Moore, a four-time nominated actress in the Academy, and as of 2014 appearing in 62 films, long deserves the walk down the podium.
  • Julianne Moore-Still Alice
  • Reese Witherspoon-Wild
  • Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl
  • Felicity Jones-Theory of Everything
  • Marion Cotillard-Two Days and One Night
Best Actor: Most Likely Winner: Eddie Redmayne, portraying the young genius Stephen Hawking in the 1960’s before his illness and as his illness approaches. The performance is real and is currently being compared to Daniel Day Lewis’s performance in My Left Foot, which won Lewis a Best Actor statuette back in 1990.
  • Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything
  • Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton-Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Bradley Cooper-American Sniper
  • Steve Carell-Foxcatcher

Best Director: Most Likely Winner: Richard Linklater for Boyhood with its cinematic dynamic move of filming over the time of twelve years, it is distinctive for showing a story of how a young boy grows up to become a young man. Linklater is super humble, and with his previous Golden Globe win for Best Director, the win is definitely locked in.
  • Richard Linklater-Boyhood
  • Morten Tyldum-The Imitation Game
  • Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
  • Bennett Miller-Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress: Most Likely Winner: This is a tough category since all of the performances were extremely well done but the frontrunner is going to be Patricia Arquette. Arquette has outdone herself and shown through as the average American mother dealing with nasty husbands, income struggles, and still tried her best to be the best mother possible for her two children.
  • Patricia Arquette- Boyhood
  • Laura Dern-Wild
  • Keira Knightley- The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone-Birdman
  • Meryl Streep-Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor: Most Likely Winner: J.K Simmons was outstanding in the music overdosed hyper-thon, Whiplash. His tough guy manner is hardcore and burns to the touch. Edward Norton comes around as a close second, but J.K Simmons is going to take the win.
  • J.K Simmons-Whiplash
  • Edward Norton-Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher
  • Ethan Hawke-Boyhood
  • Robert Duvall-The Judge

Best Original Screenplay: Most Likely Winner: This is also a very tricky category this year since such good writing has been flowing through the movie industry in the past year, but going for the Oscar I think it’s going to be Wes Anderson. To put that much detail into a movie is one thing, but to put it down on paper to make it come to life is a whole other award in itself.
  • Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Richard Linklater-Boyhood
  • E.Max Frye and Dan Futterman-Foxcatcher
  • Dan Gilroy-Nightcrawler
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
 From an Oscar Prediction Nominations Poll  82 people in New Hope Solebury voted for who will win Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Picture at the star studded ceremony later this year, no more Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards!

The results are listed below.
Best Picture
  • American Sniper with 24 votes
  • Gone Girl with 17 votes
  • The Imitation Game with 14 votes
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel with 9 votes
  • Birdman with 5 votes
  • Boyhood with 5 votes
  • Selma with 3 votes
  • The Theory of Everything with 3 votes
  • Whiplash with 2 votes
Best Actress
  • Rosamund Pike with 30 votes
  • Jennifer Aniston with 20 votes
  • Felicity Jones with 10 votes
  • Julianne Moore with 9 votes
  • Reese Witherspoon with 9 votes
  • Marion Cotillard with 4 votes
Best Actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch with 25 votes
  • Michael Keaton with 20 votes
  • Eddie Redmayne with 14 votes
  • Steve Carell with 11 votes
  • David Oyelowo with 6 votes
  • Timothy Spall with 6 votes

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