This is a proud tradition, going back to the early days of my website, and my college radio show. See, I do my Oscar picks a little bit differently than anyone else. Every other Oscar preview show you watch, they'll be telling you about the Best Picture predictions, and the Best Actor & Actress predictions, but not me. I'm only going to give you my picks in the categories that I have good track record in predicting the winner: Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song, and Best Animated Film. So, let's get to it!
Best Visual Effects
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
My Prediction: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Original Song
Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie
Glory from Selma
Grateful from Beyond the Lights
I'm Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
Lost Stars from Begin Again
My Thoughts: First, let's talk about I'm Not Gonna Miss You, because I work in a country music station, and the buzz that song generated around the office when it came out was phenomenal. Glen Campbell, a legendary country music singer who had a lot of hits in the 60s and 70s. The documentary I'll Be Me chronicles his current struggles with Alzheimer's. Written and recorded on his good days, and billed as Campbell's last song ever, I'm Not Gonna Miss You is all about his struggles with the disease. My morning guy says every time he plays it, he starts crying.
That being said, let me also shake my tiny fist of rage with all the others at The Lego Movie not scoring a Best Animated Film nomination. It would be nice to see Everything is Awesome win as a just reward. But, Glory also just won the Golden Globe in this category, and with many also shaking tiny fists of rage at Selma being shut out of the big nominations, many would see Glory winning it as a just reward as well.
My Prediction: Glory from Selma.
Best Animated Film
My Prediction: How to Train Your Dragon 2
And, because I have to do one mainstream category
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
My Prediction: Boyhood.
The Oscars are on Sunday, February 22.