There isn’t much to anticipate here that won’t be reflected by the Oscars, as opposed to last year, since just three of the nominees – Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston, and Naomi Watts – won’t be contending there. The real question is whether Eddie Redmayne can defeat Michael Keaton, who could easily win with this branch, and if “Birdman” can eclipse its competition, mainly “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” in the Best Ensemble race. If Moore, Simmons, or Arquette loses, that’s a bigger deal, but I don’t see that happening in any of the three cases.
I may or may not tune in to part of the broadcast online before an evening screening at Sundance. Enjoy final predictions below (TV here), and offer your thoughts in the comments!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture