It’s time to make some new picks. This time it the British Academy Film Awards being held on February 8, 2015. Like the other awards, I’ll be making my picks based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read. With so many great films released in 2014, this should be another tight race.
Like always, my picks are bold. I’ll revisit them as I see more of the nominated films.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
The Theory Of Everything, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten
Birdman, Alejandro G. IñáRritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
The Imitation Game, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
Boyhood, Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
My guess with this one is The Imitation Game. It’s just a guess and I’d be happy to see a number of these films win.
– After everything I’ve seen, I’ll take The Theory of Everything for this one.
I missed this pick, but Boyhood is an excellent choice.
Best Animated Feature
This is an award that I think Linklater is likely to pick up at a few stops along the way this award season.
Linklater deserved this one, and it seems like it could be a sign of things to come at the Academy Awards.
Birdman, Alejandro G. IñáRritu, NicoláS Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy
This is one that I have to guess with since I’m trying to catch up on a few of the films. I’m taking Boyhood on this one until I get more information.
– My mind has changed, and I’m going with The Grand Budapest Hotel this time.
– – Change happens more often when I see something new. I’ll take Birdman for the win.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is an amazing movie, and well-deserving of this win.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The win for The Theory of Everything isn’t surprising. So many good options this year.
Best Leading Actor
Nailed this pick. He’s awesome in this movie.
Best Leading Actress
This is one of those categories where I am making my pick based on what I want to happen since I don’t see a clear standout nominee. I’m going with Rosamund Pike for her excellent work in Gone Girl.
A friend of mine told me that Moore was going to take this one. I should’ve listened.
I’m not if anyone surprised me more than Steve Carell did in Foxcatcher. I hope he’s the winner.
I don’t think there was another option for this one. Simmons is too good.
Best Supporting Actress
Arquette does such good work in this one.
Best Original Music
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
Birdman, Antonio Sanchez
The Theory Of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson
This is a hard choice since I haven’t seen all of the films on the list. I’m going with Interstellar for now.
– I think Ida could take this one.
– – This one should go to Lubezki for his excellent work on Birdman. It’s a unique approach that is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Nailed this pick. Glad to see Birdman win.
I think that the unique styling of Birdman might win over the voters this year.
Whiplash definitely deserved the win. I should’ve changed my pick, but I just wasn’t sure.
Best Production Design
This is a tough choice for me. My guts says it’s going to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I’m going with The Grand Budapest Hotel on this one.
One more for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Best Make-up & Hair
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Into The Woods, Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland
Mr. Turner, Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon
The Theory Of Everything, Jan Sewell
I think this one might be headed to Into the Woods. I haven’t seen the film, but the work I’ve been able to see looks impressive.
The Grand Budapest Hotel took home a lot of hardware. This is another nice win.
Birdman, Thomas Varga, Martin HernáNdez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño
American Sniper, Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
The Imitation Game, John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
Whiplash, Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann
This is one that seems like it could go a couple of ways. I’m sticking with American Sniper for now.
Whiplash surprised me with this one. I guess action couldn’t beat jazz this year.
Best Special Effects
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer
Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
I hated making a pick here since so many things work in all of the nominated films. I’m going with Interstellar for now.
Nailed this one.
So there you have it, my picks. I’ll update them when the doubts begin creeping in, or when I see another nominated film. Until then we have a number of great award shows on the horizon!