(*Well, we predict the Academy Awards, anyway.)
We culled together some of the brightest minds of our time and asked them to vote upon 8 of the major awards set to be handed out this coming Sunday during the Academy Awards. What we found is that there are a few surprises, a few locks, and, generally, very little profound disappointment. If everything goes as we predict, it will be a big night for Birdman. Here’s our bold predictions, based upon 144 ballots cast by our MFA students, our MFA alums, and members of our live Academy Awards show held in Palm Desert last Tuesday.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game by Graham Moore. (39.5%) Runner-up: Whiplash by Damien Chazelle (24.3%)
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alezander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo (47.2%) Runner-up: Boyhood by Richard Linklater (22%)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, from Boyhood (42.3%) Runner-up: Emma Stone, from Birdman (20.8%)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: JK Simmons, from Whiplash (45.1%) Runner-up: Edward Norton, from Birdman (19.4%)
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, from Still Alice (57.1%) Runner-up: Reese Witherspoon, from Wild (15%)
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Michael Keaton, from Birdman (38.8%) Runner-up: Eddie Redmayne, from The Theory of Everything (29.8%)
Best Director: Richard Linklater, from Boyhood (37.9%) Runner-up: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman (37.2%) — our closest competition; Linklater defeated Inarritu by a single vote.
Best Picture: Birdman (30%). Runners-up: Boyhood (21.3%), The Theory Everything (16%) The Imitation Game (13%) and American Sniper (13%)