The Maniacal Professor’s 2015 Oscar Picks

Best Picture: 1) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2) Boyhood 3) American Sniper 4) Whiplash 5) Grand Budapest Hotel 6) The Imitation Game 7) The Theory of Everything 8) Selma

Best Actor: 1) Michael Keaton 2) Bradley Cooper 3) Eddie Redmayne 4) Benedict Cumberbatch 5) Steve Carell

Best Actress: 1) Julianne Moore 2) Marion Cotillard 3) Rosamund Pike 4) Felicity Jones 5) Reese Witherspoon

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: 1) J.K. Simmons 2) Edward Norton 3) Ethan Hawke 4) Robert Duvall 5) Mark Ruffalo

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: 1) Patricia Arquette 2) Emma Stone 3) Laura Dern 4) Meryl Streep 5) Keira Knightley

Best Director: 1) Richard Linklater-Boyhood 2) Alejandro G. Iñárritu-Birdman 3) Wes Anderson-Grand Budapest Hotel 4) Morten Tyldum-The Imitation Game 5) Bennett Miller-Foxcatcher

Best Writing-Adapted Screenplay: 1) Whiplash 2) American Sniper 3) The Imitation Game 4) Inherent Vice 5) The Theory of Everything

Best Writing-Original Screenplay: 1) Birdman 2) Grand Budapest Hotel 3) Nightcrawler 4) Boyhood 5) Foxcatcher

Best Animated Feature Film: 1) How to Train Your Dragon 2 2) Big Hero 6 3) The LEGO Movie (yeah, I know…)

Best Foreign Language Film: 1) Ida 2) Leviathan 3) Wild Tales

Best Visual Effects: 1) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2) Interstellar 3) Guardians of the Galaxy 4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 5) X-Men: Days of Future Suck

Best Cinematography: 1) Birdman 2) Grand Budapest Hotel 3) Ida

Best Film Editing: 1) Boyhood 2) American Sniper 3) The Grand Budapest Hotel 4) Whiplash 5) The Imitation Game

Best Costume Design: 1) Grand Budapest Hotel 2) Maleficent 3) Into the Woods 4) Mr. Turner 5) Inherent Vice

Best Make-Up: 1) Foxcatcher 2) Grand Budapest Hotel 3) Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design: 1) Grand Budapest Hotel 2) Interstellar 3) The Imitation Game 4) Mr. Turner 5) Into the Woods

Best Music-Original Score: 1) The Theory of Everything 2) Grand Budapest Hotel 3) Interstellar 4) The Imitation Game 5) Mr. Turner

Best Music-Original Song: 1) Glory-Selma 1a) Everything is Awesome-LEGO Movie

Best Sound Editing: 1) American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing: 1) Whiplash 2) American Sniper

Best Documentary Feature: 1) CitizenFour 2) Virunga 3) The Salt of the Earth 4) Last Days of Vietnam 5) Life Itself deserves to be on this list!

Best Documentary Short: 1) Joanna 2) Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 3) Our Curse 4) White Earth 5) The Reaper (La Parka)

Best Short Animated Film: 1) The Dam Keeper 2) Feast

Best Short Live Action Film: 1) Parvaneh 2) The Phone Call

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