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2015 Oscar Winners & Predictions

We've updated this to put the actually winners right next to our predictions.  See who won and see how we did! It's that Oscar-y time of year and a few of the INFLUX writers have decided to get in on the fun.  Here were our Oscar predictions.

Hopefully you didn't go laying any money down on our predictions. These were just for fun ... and bragging rights.  We were all fairly perplexed at the omission of The Lego Movie, but we worked with what we were given. It's not a complete list of awards, but it's what we had time for!

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In summation, here's the overall results from the INFLUX writers.  Click on individual writers to see how they voted and read what they had to say!

Category: Best Picture Winner: Birdman Commentary: We predicted Boyhood by one vote.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Eddie Redmayne Commentary: Deserved. Earned. But it hurts! Our heartstrings were pulling for Keaton.

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons Commentary: Was there really any doubt?

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore Commentary: Ha! We knew it!

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette Commentary: Hey, we got this one right! Nailed it.

Category: Best Animated Feature Winner: Big Hero 6 Commentary: We're still wondering where The Lego Movie was. Guess it wasn't animated enough!

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: The Imitation Game Commentary: One of the bigger, more pleasing surprises.

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: Birdman Commentary: We can't complain. Well-deserved.

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Birdman Commentary: This could have gone any direction, really.

Category: Best Director Winner: Birdman Commentary: Not a major surprise. We felt is was going here or to Boyhood.

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In summation, here's the overall results from the INFLUX writers.  Click on individual writers to see how they voted and read what they had to say!

Category: Best Picture Winner: Boyhood Commentary: Barely edged out Birdman.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Eddie Redmayne | Michael Keaton Commentary: Split down the middle.

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons Commentary: Nearly unanimous.

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore Commentary: One vote for Felicity Jones snuck in.

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette Commentary: Almost all in agreement except for single judge in favor of Streep.

Category: Best Animated Feature Winner: Big Hero 6 Commentary: No runaway winner here.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: American Sniper Commentary: Sniped the competitors.

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel Commentary: Majority rules.

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Birdman Commentary: Close call, but just surpassed Grand Budapest.

Category: Best Director Winner:  Boyhood Commentary: A few other votes squeaked in, but Boyhood ruled the category.

 

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Gordon Shelly's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: The Imitation Game Commentary:Head and shoulders, the best movie of the bunch. If American Sniper wins, it will be more about patriotism than filmmaking.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Michael Keaton Commentary: It's about time.

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons CommentaryGo back and watch OZ if you want to rediscover his finest work.

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore CommentaryThis could make up for the times she's lost!

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Meryl Streep Commentary: Yeah, again.

Category: Best Animated Feature Winner: Song of the Sea CommentaryGreat movie. Plus, Princess Kaguya is actually two years old.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: American Sniper CommentaryImitation Game was a better movie, but this adaptation clearly captured the heart of movie goers.

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: Nightcrawler CommentaryDeserved more recognition.

Category: Best Cinematography WinnerThe Grand Budapest HotelCommentaryGood entrants, but nothing worthy of greatness here.

Category: Best Director Winner: The Imitation Game CommentaryFantastic work and should be applauded. It will likely be overshadowed by the sheer scope of accomplishment of Boyhood.

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Nav Qateel's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: Boyhood CommentaryThe sheer scope of this film and the dedication by all involved have made this film, for me at least, a clear winner.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Eddie Redmayne CommentaryEddie Redmayne has put himself right into the character of Hawkings. This is the sort of acting one doesn't see often enough, and only then by a younger Robert De Niro and Danial-Day Lewis.

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: Edward Norton CommentaryThis is a tough one because this is almost a level playing field. This is Edward Norton's third nomination. Had Norton not been nominated then I'd have went with JK Simmons.

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore CommentaryJulianne Moore outshines the others as she makes her fifth attempt at an Oscar. If anyone deserves to win here it's Moore.

Category: Best Supporting Actress WinnerPatricia ArquetteCommentaryPatty Arquette was brilliant throughout Boyhood. This was another tough decision.

Category: Best Animated Feature WinnerBig Hero 6CommentaryBig Hero 6 was a delightful animation. Dragon 2 might beat it but it'll still have won as far as I'm concerned.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: American Sniper CommentaryThe thought of working with Clint Eastwood appears to have encouraged Jason Hall to up his game. Hall's previous efforts were poor by comparison.

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: Nightcrawler CommentaryNightcrawler was wonderfully written. It's that simple.

Category: Best Cinematography WinnerThe Grand Budapest HotelCommentaryIt's about time Wes Anderson regular, Robert D. Yeoman, had his Oscar statuette. The guy's brilliant.

Category: Best Director Winner: Boyhood CommentaryFive time nominee Richard Linklater easily deserves to win. The other directors have done great work but Linklater is the master here.

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Martin Hafer's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: Boyhood CommentaryInnovative. There's nothing like it. The odds-on favorite, Birdman, is essentially a re-working of Fellini's '8 1/2'

Category: Best Actor Winner: Michael Keaton

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons

Category: Best Actress Winner: Felicity Jones

Category: Best Supporting Actress WinnerPatricia Arquette

Category: Best Animated Feature Winner: The Boxtrolls CommentaryThe best animated feature is THE LEGO MOVIE--but was inexplicably not nominated.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: American Sniper

Category: Best Original Screenplay WinnerThe Grand Budapest HotelCommentary: Innovative and weird.

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Birdman CommentaryI would rather have my eyeballs removed than see IDA and have no idea why it was nominated for anything. Plus, it is in black & white--which is hardly innovated.

Category: Best Director Winner: Boyhood

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Rob Rector's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: Birdman Commentary:I would be happy for a Boyhood victory, but technically speaking, this film is still lodged in my brain.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Eddie Redmayne CommentaryRedmayne looks to have the edge here, even though the long stretches of narrative required by Keaton was astounding.

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons CommentaryThis one is Simmons' to lose.

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore CommentaryWas there someone else on the ballot?

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette CommentaryIf there is a certain Boyhood victory, it's right here.

Category: Best Animated Feature WinnerHow to Train Your Dragon 2CommentaryThe Lego Mo...oh, wait. Seriously, Dragon 2 did manage to up every aspect of the first and was truely lovely.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: Whiplash CommentaryThis category feels up for grabs (except for Vice), but Whiplash seems as it has connected with a larger audience.

Category: Best Original Screenplay WinnerThe Grand Budapest HotelCommentaryI personally loved the nihilistic streak of "Nightcrawler," but Budapest was unfiltered Anderson, which is never a bad thing.

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Birdman CommentaryI cannot see this going to anyone else.

Category: Best Director Winner:  Boyhood CommentaryThis is where the voters may split the difference, and if Boyhood wins Best Picture, this one goes to Iñárritu.

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Randy Krinsky's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: Birdman CommentaryIncredibly ambitious and original...

Category: Best Actor Winner: Michael Keaton CommentaryHe reminds us all why we fell in love with him in the first place!

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons CommentaryHis ability is boundless!

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore Commentary: Her mesmerizing performance enhanced an already warm film...

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette CommentaryHer portrayal as an every-woman should change the way we view Hollywood feminism and aging. She's incredible! 

Category: Best Animated Feature Winner: Big Hero 6 CommentaryWhat can I say, I just liked this film more...

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: The Imitation Game CommentaryIncredible story, translated very well onto screen!

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: Birdman CommentaryInspiring and original, I love this film!

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Birdman CommentaryTransitions were flawless - in a word ... graceful.

Category: Best Director Winner:  Boyhood CommentaryI have to go with Linklater, if for no other reason than his devoting so much time and effort to creating this opus to real life. A splendid piece of work!

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Bethany Rose's Predictions

Category: Best Picture Winner: Boyhood CommentaryIt wouldn't be my choice, but I think the Academy will reward the film due to its hook of being over a decade in the making.

Category: Best Actor Winner: Eddie Redmayne CommentaryThis is actually the first time in a long time that I think a tie is deserved (with Keaton being the co-winner).

Category: Best Supporting Actor Winner: JK Simmons

Category: Best Actress Winner: Julianne Moore

Category: Best Supporting Actress Winner: Patricia Arquette CommentaryHer portrayal as an every-woman should change the way we view Hollywood 

Category: Best Animated Feature WinnerThe Tale of Princess KaguyaCommentaryWhile I think Big Hero 6 will ultimately take the win, I am hopeful that the omission of The Lego Movie suggests that this category will finally go to a Studio Ghibli film.

Category: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: The Imitation Game

Category: Best Original Screenplay Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel Commentary: I love that a film from so early in the year last year is getting so much (deserved) recognition.

Category: Best Cinematography Winner: Ida CommentaryI feel like the Academy tends to love Black and White films in this category.

Category: Best Director Winner:  Birdman CommentaryI'm sensing a repeat of last year, when Best Director went to the more technical/visual film, while Best Picture wenti to a film filled with cultural/social commentary.

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