Who would win if I controlled the Oscars

If I controlled this year’s Oscars, the ballot would look quite different than it already looks. What follows is who I would nominate, as well as who I would pick to win the big prize (winners are in bold).

Disclaimer: I only picked categories I’ve seen enough eligible movies for. So, because I haven’t seen many foreign, animated or documentary films this year, those categories are not included.

BEST PICTURE

  • Boyhood
  • Nightcrawler
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Whiplash
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Foxcatcher
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Inherent Vice
  • Ida
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BEST DIRECTOR

  • Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  • Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu
  • Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
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BEST ACTOR

  • Michael Keaton – Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of the Everything
  • Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

BEST ACTRESS (disclaimer: I have not seen Still Alice)

  • Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  • Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
  • Reese Witherspoon – Wild
  • Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
  • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
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BEST SUPP. ACTOR

  • J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
  • Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
  • Edward Norton – Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
  • Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST SUPP. ACTRESS

  • Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
  • Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
  • Laura Dern – Wild
  • Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
  • Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • Nightcrawler
  • A Most Violent Year
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Whiplash
  • Gone Girl
  • The Theory of Everything
  • American Sniper
  • Inherent Vice

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Unbroken
  • Ida
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BEST EDITING

  • Whiplash
  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gone Girl

BEST MAKE-UP

  • Into the Woods
  • Snowpiercer
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Foxcatcher
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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Interstellar
  • Snowpiercer
  • Birdman
  • Ida

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Into the Woods
  • Snowpiercer
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
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BEST SOUND

  • Fury
  • Interstellar
  • Birdman
  • American Sniper
  • Under the Skin

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Interstellar
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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BEST SCORE

  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Gone Girl
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Under the Skin
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3 comments

  1. I love that you did this. I do this myself in my head every year. Nice! I would have nominated Ralph Fines. I don’t know who I would’ve kept out, but he deserves a nod. Great performance.

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