Lock ‘em in: final predictions before the 87th Oscars!

You guys! I can’t even right now! I’m trying to contain my excitement over tomorrow’s Oscars and just want the following hours to go by faster so we can get to the celebration of (some of) the year’s best films.

A few weeks ago, most of the winners seemed to be set in stone, but the precursor awards have made sure that tomorrow’s show will be an exciting one. Expect surprises and tantrums and let’s hope Neil Patrick Harris is more of an Ellen DeGeneres than a James Franco.

I’d like to share with you my final predictions. Tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments!

Also, there’s a very cool feature over at the official Oscars site. Go to My Picks at the top, where you can, well, pick your winners, and then select Login with Facebook (on your right) and activate the option Play with Friends to compare selections, brag if you win and curse if you lose. Your ballot will lock once the telecast commences.

Let the Oscar fun begin!


Best Picture


Will win: Boyhood
Could win: Birdman
Should win: Birdman, Whiplash
*If Birdman wins, it will be the first BP victor directed by a Latin American filmmaker




Will win: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Could win: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Should win: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
* If “El Negro” Iñárritu wins, he’ll be the second Mexican filmmaker in a row (also second ever) to claim the prize, after Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)


Actor in a Leading Role


Will win: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Could win: Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Should win: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)


Actress in a Leading Role


Will win: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Could win: No one else, come on!
Should win: Marion Cotillard (Deux Jours, Une Nuit)


Actor in a Supporting Role


Will win: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Could win: No one else, come on!
Should win: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)


Actress in a Supporting Role


Will win: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Could win: No one else, come on!
Should win: Literally anyone else


Writing – Original Screenplay
Will win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo (Birdman)
Could win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Should win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo (Birdman)

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Will win: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Could win: Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Should win: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Animated Feature Film
Will win: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Could win: Big Hero 6
Should win: I couldn’t care less

Will win: Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Could win: Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Should win: Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
* If Mexican cinematographer Lubezki wins, this will be his second Oscar in a row (after last year’s for Gravity)

Costume Design
Will win: Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Could win: Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
Should win: Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Documentary Feature
Will win: CitizenFour
Could win: Finding Vivian Maier
Should win: Don’t know 😦

Film Editing
Will win: Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
Could win: Tom Cross (Whiplash)

Foreign Language Film
Will win: Ida (Poland)
Could win: Relatos Salvajes (Argentina)
Should win: Relatos Salvajes (Argentina)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Could win: Foxcatcher
Should win: I don’t care, to be honest

Music – Original Score
Will win: Johan Jóhansson (The Theory of Everything)
Could win: Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Should win: Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)

Music – Original Song
Will win: Glory” (Selma)
Could win: I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)
Should win: Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

Production Design
Will win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Could win: Interstellar
Should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Visual Effects
Will win: Interstellar
Could win: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Should win: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes