Snap Judgments & Predictions of The 87th Academy Awards

Articles | Jan 15th, 2015

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87th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning by JJ Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the Oscars on Sunday, February 22nd 2015. Adam and Bryan decided to take 2 minutes out of their busy lives (a.k.a sitting on their asses) to give their snap judgments and predictions about the Oscar nominations.

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Picture

American Sniper (Warner Bros.)
Birdman (Fox Searchlight)
Boyhood (IFC Films)
Gone Girl (20th Century Fox)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight)
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Selma (Paramount Pictures)
The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
Whiplash (Sony Picture Classics)

Adam Coozer: Birdman SHOULD win, but The Grand Budapest Hotel WILL win. I’m okay with that since it has a bearded Jeff Goldblum. Boyhood is a longshot because it already has the honor of being shown on loop in Purgatory. I think Whiplash is a Metallica documentary. Hopefully they don’t weep like children in this one.
Bryan: Having so many nominations for Best Picture is pointless. It’s like everyone at the end of a kids soccer game saying, you’re all winners! With that said, I think Birdman wins.


Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Adam Coozer: Birdman’s director should win, if only so we can hear how presenters say his name.
Bryan: Boyhood will win just because everybody thinks it’s so marvelous that Richard Linklater took 12 years to make a movie. That’s not genius, that’s just laziness!

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Adam Coozer: Bradley Cooper definitely deserves an Oscar – for his stirring portrayal of Rocket Raccoon. In this race, though, there is only one: gloriously unhinged Michael Keaton and his slightly less unhinged character in Birdman.
Bryan: Michael Keaton may finally win something and make us try to forget his captivating performance in Herbie: Fully Loaded. Eddie Redmayne may steal the Oscar though for not going “full retard.”

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Adam Coozer: Julianne Moore’s got this one, though Reese might chin, I mean elbow, her out.
Bryan: Reese will win, she showed her boobies.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Adam Coozer: Mark Ruffalo’s jock strap should win for best supporting role.
Bryan: J.K. Simmons plays an asshole band geek. He will win because everybody will be too afraid to vote for someone else.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Adam Coozer: Meryl Streep will win because she was nominated.
Bryan: What Adam said.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Written by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle

Adam Coozer: Inherent Vice should win for best adapted screenplay because the source material is completely incoherent.
Bryan: I need one of these screenwriters to help me come up with a funny sentence here.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman, Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, Written by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Written by Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy

Adam Coozer: Was Nightcrawler an X-Men movie? If not, Grand Budapest Hotel.
Bryan: Richard Linklater will somehow win even though his screenplay is made up of old After-School Specials storylines.

Foreign Language Film

Ida (Music Box Films), Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski
Leviathan (Sony Pictures Classics), Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Tangerines, Estonia, Zaza Urushadze
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group), Mauritania, Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics, Argentina, Damián Szifrón

Adam Coozer: Je m’en fiche.
Bryan: Nie kurwa opieki.

Animated Feature Film

Big Hero Six (Walt Disney Pictures)
The Boxtrolls (Focus Features)
How to Train a Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation)
Song of the Sea (GKIDS)
Tale of the Princess Kaguya (GKIDS)

Adam Coozer: Princess Kaguya fo sho.
Bryan: So I guess The Lego Movie was all live-action, right Academy?

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Adam Coozer: What the hell is Production Design?
Bryan: Those stage sets on Interstellar were outstanding! Especially when they were on the ice planet that looked like Hoth.


Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Adam Coozer: Heh heh… Dick Poop.
Bryan: I’m rooting for Dick Poop; His cinematography is simply pootacular!

Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Adam Coozer: Still chuckling over Dick Poop.
Bryan: It must be so hard to do the costumes for Inherent Vice and get clothing from the 70s. Can’t you just walk into an Urban Outfitters?

Film Editing

Joel Cox & Gary D. Roach – American Sniper
Sandra Adair – Boyhood
Barney Pilling – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Willian Goldenberg – The Imitation Game
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Adam Coozer: I wonder if he pees poop. Heh!
Bryan: Adam, I wonder if he poops pee?

Documentary (Feature)

Citizenfour (RADiUS-TWC)
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects)
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth (Sony Pictures Classics)
Virunga (Netflix)

Adam Coozer: Citizenfour. Because when the government turns its cameras on people, it’s called domestic spying. But when a filmmaker does it, it’s called documentary.
Bryan: Virunga better win or else the Gorillas will rise up and conquer earth.

Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Adam Coozer: I’d say the one with crazy-looking aliens will win. This is always one of the only categories where sci-fi’s got a shot.
Bryan: Anytime Zoe Saldana is painted a different color, that team gets an Oscar.

Music (Original Score)

Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Gary Yershon – Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

Adam Coozer: Dick Poop and the Pooptones.
Bryan: Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score was so loud in theaters, that it gave me permanent ear damage. WHAT?! WHAT?!

Music (Original Song)

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Going to Miss You” from Glenn Campbell… I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Adam Coozer: “My Dick Poop Will Go On”
Bryan: I fully expect to see a lego-based live performance of “Everything is Awesome.” Animators, better get your hands rested!

Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Adam Coozer: Seriously, this is a category and not Best Stunts?
Bryan: The fact that Interstellar was nominated for this proves the Academy is a joke. My ears are still bleeding from seeing this movie in theaters.

Sound Editing

American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Adam Coozer: What’s the difference?
Bryan: Hey look, The Hobbit got nominated for something!

Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,
Guardians of the Galaxy,
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Adam Coozer: Yay, they threw a bone to sci-fi movies!
Bryan: Captain America: The Winter Soldier should win because no way Chris Evans has that body. That had to be CGI! *goes back to eating a donut*

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

Adam Coozer: I love them all equally. Dick Poop!
Bryan: Are all these short subject documentaries about midgets?

Short Film (Animated)

“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins

Adam Coozer: Dick Poop: The Animated Series
Bryan: Since these are only nominations for Animated Short Films, they should only get half the statue……

Short Film (Live Action)

“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Adam Coozer: Poopaloo
Bryan: ok Live Action Short Film winner of this, you get the other statue from Animated Short Films.


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