Over the course of this week leading up to the 87th Annual Academy Awards, And There Came A Day will look at the major categories and make predictions of the winners!
- American Sniper (My Review HERE)
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (My Review HERE)
- Boyhood (My Review HERE)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (My Review HERE)
- The Imitation Game (My Review HERE)
- Selma (My Review HERE)
- The Theory of Everything (My Review HERE)
- Whiplash (My Review HERE)
PREDICTED WINNER – Boyhood
This is the first year in a very long time that I have seen all of the movies nominated for Best Picture.
So, in the “Movies I Hated” category, the most honored films of the year go: Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel. As I’ve mentioned in this blog before, my dislike for these movies may say more about me than it does about the films themselves. I accept that.
In the “Movies I Liked but Didn’t Love”, we’ll put American Sniper, Selma and Boyhood.
In the “Movies I Really Liked” category, I’ve got The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.
And in the “Movies I Loved and Want to Own” category, there is but one entry: The Imitation Game.
So, why am I not choosing The Imitation Game as Best Picture? Because it’s not going to win. It’s got about as much a chance as Whiplash, which is to say a snowball’s chance in Hell. I loved it, but it simply doesn’t have the mojo.
The mojo is currently shared by Birdman and Boyhood. One of these movies is going to win Best Picture and I am putting my bet on Boyhood. I think the Academy might be torn between these movies, but two factors will swing it for Boyhood.
First, more people will “get” it than “got” Birdman. By any account, Birdman is a brilliantly made but kind of inscrutable movie. I wasn’t the only person who left the theater scratching my head. I think this is a big factor.
Second, though both movies are cinematic achievements worth recognition, the sheer scope of the Boyhood project will likely sway voters.
It’s Boyhood over Birdman in a very close contest.