Oscar Nomination Predictions 2015

Because we here at Watching Between the Lines are on the ball, we’ve put together our predicted Oscar nominations a whole few minutes ahead of the actual announcement ceremony. Some categories have their runaway winners such as Julianne Moore for Best Actress, but others, like both Screenplay categories, are still at least a three way tie. It’s been an excellent year for cinema, and almost anything mentioned here will absolutely be a worthy nominee or winner.

UPDATE: Not bad. We nailed Original Screenplay, but we were met with some bizarre choices this year. In addition to the LEGO Movie snubbed (bullshit), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) got the Best Actor nomination instead of David Oyelowo (Selma), meaning that there are precisely twenty white faces of the twenty nominated actors and actresses. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead with nine nominations each, Imitation Game earns eight, and Boyhood and American Sniper trail with six apiece. A lot of disappointment with Selma and Nightcrawler’s lack of presence this year.

Best Film

2015 Best Picture

  • Selma
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Whiplash
  • Theory of Everything
  • Imitation Game
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher

Best Actor 

2015 Actor

  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
  • Michael Keaton – Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne – Theory of Everything
  • David Oyelowo – Selma Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Imitation Game

Best Actress

 2015 Actress

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


Best Supporting Actor

2015 Supporting Actor

  • JK Simmons – Whiplash
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  • Steve Carell – Foxcatcher Robert Duvall – The Judge
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
  • Edward Norton – Birdman

Best Supporting Actress

2015 Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
  • Emma Stone – Birdman
  • Keira Knightley – Imitation Game
  • Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
  • Rene Russo – Nightcrawler Laura Dern – Wild

Best Director

2015 Director

  • Richard Linklater
  • Ava DuVernay Bennett Miller
  • Damian Chazelle Morten Tyldum
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Wes Anderson

Best Original Screenplay (Nailed it)

2015 Original

  • Birdman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Grand Budapest
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher 

Best Adapted Screenplay

2015 Adapted

  • Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • Whiplash
  • Gone Girl American Sniper
  • Theory of Everything

Best Original Song

2015 song

  • Glen Campbell – Not Gonna Miss You (from I’ll Be Me)
  • Rita Ora – Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
  • John Legend – Glory (Selma)
  • Adam Levine – Lost Stars (Begin Again)
  • Tegan & Sara – Everything Is Awesome (Lego Movie)

Best Animated Feature

2015 Animation

  • Big Hero 6
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The LEGO Movie Song of the Sea
  • Boxtrolls
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Cinematography

2015 Cinematography

  • Birdman
  • Theory of Everything Ida
  • Unbroken
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mr. Turner

Best Visual Effects

2015 Effects

  • Interstellar
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Hobbit Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Godzilla X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Costume Design

2015 Costume

  • Snowpiercer Inherent Vice
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Malificent
  • Into the Woods
  • Imitation Game Mr. Turner

Best Documentary

2015 Documentary

  • Life Itself

Best Film Editing


  • Whiplash
  • Birdman American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • Imitation Game
  • Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Production Design

2015 Production Design

  • Snowpiercer Interstellar
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Imitation Game
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr Turner

 Best Original Score


  • Gone Girl – Trent Reznor Atticus Ross Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
  • Theory of Everything – Johan Johansson
  • Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
  • Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer

 Best Makeup and Hair


  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Theory of Everything Foxcatcher
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

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