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The Hudsucker Takes on the 87th Annual Academy Awards: Predictions, Hopes and Snubs

The Oscars 2014

Image Credit: AMPAS

The 87th Academy Awards take place this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and as awards season winds down, The Hudsucker once again tries its hand at predicting the winners in each category. For the third year in a row, a few of our resident cinephiles – Alex Keobke, Andrew Rogers, Bo Dietrick, Nicole Drum, Katherine Hernandez, Tania Hussain, Janna Jeffrey, Andrea LozanoMeg Quinn, and Elizabeth The – share their thoughts on the nominees, as well as who they feel was snubbed and who they’d like to see win each category.

Image Credit: IFC Films

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Predicted Winner: Boyhood
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Boyhood (also receiving votes: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)The Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation Game, and Selma)

Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Predicted Winner: Eddie Redmayne
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Michael Keaton (also receiving votes: Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne)

Image Credit: 20th Century FOX

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Predicted Winner: Julianne Moore
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Rosamund Pike (also receiving votes: Julianne Moore)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Predicted Winner: J.K. Simmons
The Hudsucker’s Choice: J.K. Simmons (also receiving votes: Robert Duvall and Mark Ruffalo)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Image Credit: IFC Films

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Predicted Winner: Patricia Arquette
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Patricia Arquette (also receiving votes: Keira Knightley and Emma Stone)

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Predicted Winner: Richard Linklater
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (also receiving votes: Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, and Morten Tyldum)

Image Credit: 20th Century FOX

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Predicted Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Hudsucker’s Choice: Big Hero 6 (also receiving votes: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Song of the Sea)

Best Original Song

Image Credit: Grammys/NARAS

“Everything is Awesome” (The LEGO Movie)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

Predicted Winner: “Glory” (Selma)
The Hudsucker’s Choice: “Glory” (also receiving votes: “Everything is Awesome”, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, and “Lost Stars”)



Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Elizabeth says:

The complete lack of acting and creative nominations for “Selma” (especially actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay) just feels wrong. The team behind a work as honest, powerful and relevant as this civil rights movement film deserves to be recognized. The snub also brings into question the lack of diverse stories in Hollywood.

Nicole says:

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

I’ll be a bit irritated if it wins (Best Picture) when there were no other nominations for the actors in the film. David Oyelowo was absolutely fantastic and his performance transcended the historical inaccuracies of the film. He should have been nominated and wasn’t. The film itself winning would feel like a token award to me, which is unfair.

Tania says:

David Oyelowo deserved a nomination for “Selma” as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There has never been a film about MLK Jr. and for someone as talented and accomplished like Oyelowo to portray him with such respect and brio, I think that alone counts as a nomination. I’m pretty disappointed that he was snubbed and on top of that, the lack of diversity in this year’s categories.

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures


Andrea says:

Confession time: I may be a little tiny bit of a Nolan superfan. Yeah yeah, I agree “Interstellar” had many, many issues and I’m not asking for a Best Picture win here, but a nomination? The movie was a visual and technological achievement, there were actual scientific discoveries made to shoot it, couldn’t you have taken one of the THREE biopics out and sneak “Interstellar” in?

“Gone Girl” should have been nominated too. Never have such horrible people been so beautifully and serenely filmed.

Gone Girl

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Meg says:

I’m still angry over Gillian Flynn not being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Gone Girl”. More often than not, when a movie is made based on a book (especially a very popular one) most people come out of the movie thinking the book was better. This did not happen with “Gone Girl”, and while I think the actors and director obviously were a huge part of that, if the screenplay was horrible the movie would’ve suffered too. I don’t think it – and Rosamund’s performance – would’ve gotten as much praise as it did without Gillian doing such a great job at condensing that book into a movie. It very easily could’ve turned into a cartoon-ish version of what it was aiming to be if the screenplay was done any differently, and I’m annoyed that Gillian wasn’t at least recognized for that.

Katherine says:

This movie was more than deserving of a Best Picture nomination, as well as a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, among others. “Gone Girl” was one of the strongest movies to come out in 2014 and the acting, screenplay, score, and directing (David Fincher once again proved why he’s a top tier director) deserved more recognition than just a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Rosamund Pike.


Image Credit: SONY Pictures Classics

Bo says:

Seriously, how often does a director get nominated without his film? Critics always talk about a film struggling in the Best Picture category if its director is not nominated (looking at you, “Selma”) – but the inverse? How silly is that! “Foxcatcher” is a brilliantly dark and foreboding film. Nominated for director (the always-good Bennett Miller) and two performances (Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo at their very best). The camerawork is beautiful, and the editing is masterful. I could understand if there were 10 nominees that some just won’t make the cut, but in my opinion the Academy left some deserving films out to dry by not filling the full roster of nominations. “Foxcatcher” becomes just another casualty in a year that’s left many scratching their heads. So don’t even get me started on “The Lego Movie!”

The Lego Movie

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Alex says: 

How is “The Lego Movie’ not up for (Best Animated Film)?! Are you kidding me? “The Lego Movie” was the most fun I have had at a theater in years. Sure it didn’t have big robots or dragons but it had heart! Also Chris Pratt and the best song to come from a movie this year (as evidenced by my numerous mornings spent singing it). This isn’t a snub as much as it is just blasphemous, c’mon Academy! Animated films are notorious for having so much heart… but by snubbing “The Lego Movie”, you have damaged mine!

Andrew says:

I mean, they made a whole movie about LEGO and it was witty and absolutely one of the best films of the year for parents and kids alike. It was definitely snubbed (for Best Animated Film). Oh, and the director of Selma, Ava DuVernay. Come on now, Academy. Everyone involved in that film poured their heart and soul into it.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Image Credit: FOX Searchlight Pictures

Janna says:

I feel like “Birdman” was royally snubbed in the Best Film Editing category. Many people don’t think much about film editing or how precise of an art it is. People have a hard time distinguishing between good editing and bad editing – they don’t know what they’re looking for. Good editing needs to facilitate the story, highlight the performances, suit the visual medium, and hide things like continuity goofs and cinematography slip-ups. Good editing heightens a film in every way. The fact that “Birdman” feels like a movie that was done in one shot isn’t just a credit to the cinematographer, director, and actors – it’s absolutely a credit to the editors, as well. For Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirron to cut the film together in a way that makes their cuts feel invisible basically means that they are incredibly skilled and good at what they do. I spoke to someone about Oscar nominations and when I lamented “Birdman” not getting an editing nomination, they said to me, “So? There were barely any cuts in the movie. It looked like just one long shot most of the time.” That, right there, is why Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrone deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing – because they were able to convince their audiences that this was true.

Some Final Thoughts on the Nominees Before the Show:

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Bo says:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” for Achievement in Production Design. This is the only, ONLY time I ever put this category in a position of such importance. But months ago, before this film got any awards attention, I said to myself, “they can snub this film in every way possible, but if it doesn’t win for Art Direction I walk away all together.” And here we are in February, almost a year since this spectacular piece of filmmaking debuted, still talking about Wes Anderson’s latest submission to film history. This film is brilliant in every respect, but without the amazing attention to detail that sets and scenery received for each and every shot, each an every camera movement, the world in the film is completely lost and feels like something entirely different. Now let’s all give a slow clap for the people responsible for the minute details that made “Grand Budapest Hotel” more than we could have ever asked for.

Tania says:

I’m a sucker for Wes Anderson everything so I would like to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel” win in particular for Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Cinematography. Besides being so funny and a film full of talent, it is so whimsically beautiful in every way imaginable. From story to cinematography, to costumes—this Anderson production is exquisite and by far, one of his best to date. The way cinematographer Robert Yeoman captured every scene in this film not only added to the splendour of its story, but complemented the extravagant and lavish costumes designed by Milena Canonero. Because of those dreamy elements created by the two, Anderson was able to illustrate this storybook tale detailing the adventures of a legendary concierge and his protégé with enough charm to win audiences over.

Image Credit: FOX Searchlight Pictures

Meg says:

I’m completely preparing myself for it, but it’s going to sting a little if Michael Keaton doesn’t win for “Birdman”. What he did in that movie continually blows my mind, weeks after first seeing it. It was such a tough part to play and the movie was shot in such a challenging way that I’m really pulling for him to win Best Actor.

Katherine says:

Though it’s another strong year for Best Actor nominees, I will be extremely disappointed if Michael Keaton goes home empty-handed. His performance in “Birdman” was absolutely fantastic, and the recognition he’s getting for this role is long overdue. Though the Academy often gets criticized for supposedly giving Oscars based on an actor’s past works and legacy, if there were ever a time for that to happen, it would be this year with Michael Keaton. Not only was his performance as Riggan Thomson in “Birdman” brilliant and gutsy and by itself deserving of the Best Actor award, but combined with past works, it proves he is more than deserving of winning a long overdue Academy Award.

Image Credit: SONY Pictures Classics

Janna says:

I have basically no doubt that J.K. Simmons will win the award for Best Supporting Actor – everyone is singing his praises in “Whiplash”, and they rightly should be. But if by some shocking twist he doesn’t win in his category, I will be stunned. His portrayal of Fletcher was intense, captivating, and fascinating. I was unable to take my eyes off him whenever he was on the screen. The character of Fletcher could have easily been played in a very one-note, cruel way, but Simmons doesn’t do that at all – Fletcher is nuanced and multi-faceted, and there are times in the film that you consider that he maybe isn’t entirely in the wrong, after all. His performance is a powerhouse, and if that doesn’t get the Oscar this year, it’ll be a true insult.

Image Credit: IFC Films

Andrea says:

I was really hyped for “Boyhood” and even if it left me a little underwhelmed, I just have to recognize what a massive achievement this was. To plan out a 12 year story, film each year and then edit all that material must’ve been a logistical nightmare not to mention a very big risk (what if the main boy had grown up to be a sucky actor? what if at 13 he had decided he had enough and quit?). Linklater is long overdue some Academy love so what better time than now.

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Elizabeth says:

“American Sniper” was the most unpleasant film-watching experience I’ve had all year. The only one who deserved a nomination was that “baby”.


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Now that we’ve given you our thoughts, it’s time for you to share your thoughts and predictions about the 87th Academy Awards with us! Think we got it right? Or think our predictions are all wrong? Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know who you think will take home the golden statue this year! And please come back on Sunday after the show to discuss the results with us.

The Oscars air live on Sunday February 22nd at 7pm EST/4pm PST on ABC.

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