Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Editing: Tom Cross, Whiplash.

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezski, Birdman

Best Animated Film: Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Original Song: Glory from Selma, Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (Common and John Legend)

Best Original Score: Andre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Documentary Feature: Citizen Four, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Best Sound Mixing: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee, Whiplash

Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper

Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar

Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Makeup and HairStyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)

Best Live Action Short: Mat Kirkby and James Lucas, The Phone Call

Documentary Short Film: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Best Animated Short Film: Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

In the meantime, here are the Nominees to keep track and who we think will win.

Nominees and Predictions


Best Picture Nominees:

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
  • Selma – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • The Theory of Everything – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

Evans Review Predicted Winner:



Although it’s a close contest between The Theory of Everything, Birdman and Boyhood, I think the scenario in which Boyhood takes home best picture this year is the most likely. In short, the film is unique in almost every way imaginable. Not only is its production fascinating for the 12 years approach in which it was made, but its story is actually pretty unusual. It takes pleasure in the little things which make up life, it takes in an extraordinary modern history which is so undramatic and has some fantastic acting in it. It’s a remarkable piece of work. Still, as I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Birdman or The Theory of Everything takes the prize home, it’s as close as it’s likely to have been in years.

boyhood film

Rights; Universal Pictures

Best Actress Nominees:

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

Evans Review Predicted Winner:

Julianne Moore


Although a relatively late comer to the Oscar season (the film hasn’t yet been released in the UK), the film has all the hallmarks of an Oscar winner. A compelling story of an alzheimer’s sufferer (Moore) from a Directing team who’ve won prizes at Sundance Film Festival is always going to do well and early buzz suggests that she is almost a shoo in to win. Winner of the Bafta (inexplicably considering the film hasn’t yet been released here) and pretty much every other award going, despite having not seen it, I would confidently put my day’s wages on Still Alice.

Best Actor Nominees

  • 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

Evans Review Predicted Winner

Eddie Redmayne


Despite being probably the most hotly contested category in years (most other years there are a few weaker nominees, this year every performance is really extraordinary) it’s really a one horse race here. Although Carell and Cumberbatch probably have the best chance of pulling it out of the bag at the last minute, Redmayne’s performance is not just extraordinary but it’s perfect Oscar fodder. The Academy loves a bit of posh English-ness, they also seem to relate to disabilities very well and Stephen Hawking is such a universally liked and incredible person that there is so much warmth towards the character that Eddie Redmayne’s performance becomes an incredibly potent mix of Oscar success. Still, it’s not quite as certain as the Best Actress category.

Rights; Universal Pictures

Rights; Universal Pictures

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

  • American Sniper – Jason Hall from American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson from Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle from his short film of the same name

Evans Review Predicted Winner:

The Theory of Everything


More often than not, one of the Best Screenplay awards go to the Best Picture winner, but with my predicted winner absent here I would predict that The Theory of Everything will take it home. Is it the best written adapted script this year? Definitely not, that would go to Gillian Flynn’s excellent adaption of her own book (Gone Girl) but with that inexplicably left off the list the award should land fairly safely in the lap of Anthony McCarten whose adaption is a solidly told tale, it may be a little cliched at times but has emotional heft without becoming sentimental, a tough balance well worth commending. Despite this, part of me is hoping for Whiplash or even Inherent Vice to take home the prize, and if The Theory of Everything, doesn’t win Best Picture then the writing category has the best chance to deliver a curve ball.

Best Original Screenplay Nominees:

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Evans Review Predicted Winner:



Probably the toughest of the categories to predict of this year. Usually it’d be a safe bet to go with whatever wins Best Picture (so probably either Birdman or Boyhood) but momentum has been building for The Grand Budapest Hotel – which won the prize at the Baftas – and is probably more deserved. But still, Alejandro Iñárritu’s script has a little more pizazz than Boyhood‘s more freeform approach to story. The Writing category is a notoriously tough one to predict though, often the films widely regarded as some of the most interesting of the year (consider Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in 2004, Django Unchained in 2012 and Juno and Little Miss Sunshine in 2006 and 07 respectively) so this award would probably suit joining Dan Gilroy for his excellent cutting satire on modern capitalism in Nightcrawler. As much as I’d wish this to be the case, Birdman is still the most obvious choice, and is certainly a film deserving of some awards at least.

And the Rest:

It seems likely that the rest of the awards will – as ever – go to the winners of the main categories. So Best Director will probably end up with Richard Linklater for Boyhood (or Innaritu if Birdman wins), Best Editing could end up with Boyhood but Birdman‘s flashy one-shot approach could win it the accolade, and the more technical categories (sound mixing, editing etc) should probably go to Whiplash. It’s a fantastic film deserving of way more than it will get so hopefully it’ll get some credit somewhere.

Finally, The Animation Category

Is completely bogus this year because of the absence of The Lego Movie which is easily the finest animation of this year. No film in this category deserves a vote so no award should be given.

The lego movie

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Harry Parkhill

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I am the Editor for the Evans Review. I have previous experience working as a writer and editor for dozens of publications, including The Daily Telegraph, MSN, the Editorial section of (now defunct) LOVEFiLM, Kettle Mag and Journalism-Now Politically right of centre.