The 87th Annual Academy Awards are shaping up to be the dullest ceremony in over fifteen years. While 2014 was arguably one of the best years for movies in recent memory, most of the truly exciting movies – like The Dance of Reality, Snowpiercer, Nightcrawler, The Guest, Only Lovers Left Alive, Inherent Vice and Selma – either escaped the Academy’s attention altogether, or with what feel like token nominations. Despite all the groundbreaking work done this past year, the Oscar nominations are full of conventional awards bait dramas about white kids coming of age, self-congratulating inside Hollywood dramas, British geniuses, war and British geniuses at war.
And so we are left with a mostly straightforward, non-threatening list of nominees. The winners in most of major Oscar categories seem like foregone conclusions this year (including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Picture), and the only major surprises seem likely to come in the technical categories. But for those of you playing at home, those technical categories can be a real pain.
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Most Oscar pools – at work, the local diner or just at home with friends – force even casual film lovers to predict the winners in categories that are full of nominees they haven’t seen, or have never even heard of. Well, that’s what we’re here for today, to present CraveOnline’s Oscar Predictions 2015, in every category, to guide you through the Oscars and hopefully when you that free meal or a small but respectable bundle of cash. We’ve been following the films, we’ve seen (almost) all of the nominees, and we have a pretty good idea of what’s to come when the Oscars are announced on February 22, 2015.
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So below you will find CraveOnline’s Oscar Predictions 2015, complete with the most likely winners in every category (should you want to play it safe), all the potential spoilers (if you want to go for the gusto), the most deserving candidate nominated (if that’s what matters most to you), and who got royally snubbed, because there’s always something great that got left out of every single ballot.
Just take a look, fill out those ballots, and remember: if you win anything at all… we get a cut.
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