MAGNET’s Oscar Predictions

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 23: WINNING PICKS IN RED. WE GOT 21 OF 24 RIGHT.

This year has some tough categories, including big ones like Best Picture (Birdman or Boyhood? Or maybe The Imitation Game if the two B‘s cancel each other out) and Best Actor (Keaton or Redmayne?). MAGNET editor (and longtime amateur Oscar predictor) Eric T. Miller tells you who will win in each category.

I usually write a lengthy (for me, anyway, who’s well-known to family, friends and co-workers for my one-word emails) intro to these. But we’re on a wicked (I was born in Boston; I’m allowed to say “wicked”) print deadline, so here are my picks, straight up. And as always, this is who I think will win, not who I necessarily think deserves to win. (I’m talking to you, Professor Cost.)

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Animated Film: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Best Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Best Song: John Legend and Common, “Glory,” Selma
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call

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