Best Picture: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash
- Will Win: Boyhood. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic that the Academy will choose this over the stale, one-note satire that is Birdman, but I have a feeling Boyhood’s marketing campaign (“It was 12 years in the making,” and “Nostalgia”) will be irresistible to voters. It also helps that the movie is pretty great too.
- Should Win: Boyhood or Selma. The only winners that would make me visibly upset are Birdman and The Theory of Everything, though.
- Left out: My personal favorite movie of last year, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language, would never, ever be nominated for Best Picture. Neither would many of my other favorites, like Only Lovers Left Alive, Abuse of Weakness, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely or John Wick. However, many of my others could have reasonably been nominated here, including Inherent Vice, Gone Girl and The Immigrant.