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Thats a pretty good batting average, but the truth is that most of the categories were sewn up by Oscar night.Give it to Whiplash anyway because it's the best of the bunch; the others are good but flawed in ways that prevent their films from being even better.And dont count out.But neither have a WGA award under their belts, nor the relentless lobbying of Harvey Weinstein on their side.Locks: Michael Keaton (Birdman Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) Likely: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game Steve Carell (Foxcatcher David meal vouchers lincoln Oyelowo (Selma) Outside bets: Jake Gyllenhall (Nightcrawler Bradley Cooper (American Sniper Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) Best original screenplay Alejandro.I have little doubt she'll play more complex roles than this, but every scene of Birdman that she's in has a little something extra.As for the preferences, those should be taken with an even larger grain of salt.Will WIN: THE grand budapest hotel best sound editing The vast majority of voters have no idea what sound editing really entails.We at Gold Derby have been predicting all 24 categories, from Best Picture all the way down to Best Live Action Short.How many titles the Academy puts through varies; buzz this year is that the potential 10 wont make it, and nine or even eight is more likely.In a year like this, when one is not, it could go to the nominee that is most popular overall ( Guardians ) or that revolves around VFX the most (the Visual Effects Society's pick, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ).Preference: In a year without an Anderson confection on the ballot,.MH Pick: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Runner-Up: Michael Keaton, Birdman Best Actress Amid all the fervor about Jennifer Aniston maybe getting an Oscar nomination, and then the Oh, well fallout when she didnt, the actresses who were actually nominated kinda got ignored.Best costume design Nominees: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero; Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges; Into The Woods, Colleen Atwood; Maleficent, Anna.
Academy voters are probably too scared not to vote for him.
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Preference: Truthfully, Sniper is a very well-mixed movie; more impressive than the frantic battle scenes are the ones on the homefront, when the audio team allows, say, the hum of a motor to subtly intrude on a conversation, putting audiences in Chris Kyles paranoid headspace.
Aesthetically I prefer The Salt of the Earth, but there can be no question the documentary "of the moment" is Citizenfour.