The Oscars are headed our way this Sunday, February 22, so it's time to make any last minute changes to your Oscar bets before settling in for a night of high fashion and lots of predictable winners thrilling competition. So, who will take home the prize in the top categories? We've got our final predictions right here.
Nominees American Sniper Boyhood Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything Selma Whiplash
And the winner will be... Based on the precursor awards, this is actually a super tight race. Birdman locked up top honors at the guild awards ceremonies, including the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), and the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), which historically means it should win. On the other hand Boyhoodwent home with the big prize at the Golden Globes and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, and seems to be more universally liked than the more divisive Birdman, which people tend to find find either completely brilliant or just plain weird. We'd be happy to see either flick take it, but our money is on Boyhood... but only by a hair.
Check out the Boyhood trailer!
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game Richard Linklater, Boyhood Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
And the winner will be... This also seems to come down to a competition between Birdman and Boyhood, and again, it's hard to make a call. We wouldn't be surprised to see Best Director and Best Film split (it happened last year), and Alejandro González Iñárritu's work was flashier.
Check out what Birdman looks like!
Nominees Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Michael Keaton, Birdman Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
And the winner will be... This looks like another two-person race, between Eddie Redmayne's Oscar-friendly portrayal of Stephen Hawking (seriously — tackling a real person and the physical changes of a generative disease? That's what statues are made of) and Michael Keaton's triumphant comeback role in Birdman, which is also a nicely meta turn. This one could really go either way, but Eddie Redmayne seems to have the momentum.
Here's a taste of his work...
Nominees Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night Reese Witherspoon, Wild Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
And the winner will be... Julianne Moore has taken this category in all the precursor awards, and she will on Sunday, too. Fortunately, her heartrending portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's is more than deserving of all the love.
Here's the Still Alice trailer.
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees Edward Norton, Birdman Ethan Hawke, Boyhood J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher Robert Duvall, The Judge
And the winner will be... Thanks for playing, everyone else, but this one goes to J.K. Simmons. If you've seen Whiplash, you know why.
Heck, even the trailer makes it pretty clear.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees Emma Stone, Birdman Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game Laura Dern, Wild Meryl Streep, Into the Woods Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
And the winner will be... This is another one with no mystery: Patricia Arquette has cleaned up this awards season, and it should all be topped off with an Oscar.
Since you've already seen the Boyhood trailer, here's one of her most moving scenes...
Nominees "Everything Is Awesome" (The Lego Movie) "Grateful" (Beyond the Lights) "Glory" (Selma) "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me) "Lost Stars" (Begin Again)
And the winner will be... If it's not "Glory" we will rage.
Listen to it here.
Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below, and then remember to tune in on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC to find out if you're right!