Best Sound Editing

  • American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar – Richard King
  • Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Our Prediction: American Sniper, as the sound editing contributes greatly to the film’s sense of tension and atmosphere.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: The vote is evenly split between Birdman and Unbroken.


Best Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie – Music and Lyric byShawn Patterson
  • “Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Legend and Common
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights – Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexanderand Danielle Brisebois

Our Prediction: ‘Glory,’ which will crown Selma as an Oscar-winner.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: ‘Everything Is Awesome,’ which will crown The LEGO Movie as an Oscar-winner.


Best Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
  • Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
  • The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson

Our Prediction: Despite a vote for Desplat’s Imitation Game score, we’ll put our predictive weight, such as it is, behind Jóhann Jóhannsson, if only because he may not suffer the same split vote that could rule out one Desplat win over another.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: What was I just saying about a split? Here, our desires are split between his Imitation Game score, and Grand Budapest Hotel, with the latter earning our hope based on volume of votes.


Best Documentary – Feature

  • Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutsky
  • Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado and David Rosier
  • Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Our Prediction: Citizenfour, which is both incredibly relevant to our times, and a well-made film.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: Citizenfour.


Best Foreign Language Film

  • Ida (Poland) in Polish – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Leviathan (Russia) in Russian – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Tangerines (Estonia) in Estonian and Russian – Zaza Urushadze
  • Timbuktu (Mauritania) in French – Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales (Argentina) in Spanish – Damián Szifrón

Our Prediction: Ida, which is an exceptional film that would make for a decision in this category that the Academy could be proud of.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: We’re split here — in fact, I’m even split on my own choice. Our split is between Wild Tales and Leviathan, though I (voting for Leviathan) would also be very happy with Ida’s win. Funny how, when great films are pulled from countries around the globe you can end up with a set of films that are excellent in many different ways. Actually, that’s not surprising at all. Everything in this category should be on your watch list.


Best Animated Feature Film

  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • Song of the Sea – Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Our Prediction: Despite one vote for Big Hero 6, we’re overwhelmingly guessing that How to Train Your Dragon 2 will take the trophy.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: There’s no other category where our votes are so split: How to Train Your Dragon for Peter, Boxtrolls for Angie, Big Hero 6 for Germain, and Princess Kaguya for Russ. Chalk that up, in part, to the diversity of this year’s category. Despite being unified by the concept of animation, those four films all tell stories in very different ways, and they all succeed on their own terms.


Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper – Jason Hall from American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turing: The Enigmaby Andrew Hodges
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson from Inherent Vice byThomas Pynchon
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle from his short film of the same name

Our Prediction: Despite one outlying vote for American Sniper, the balance of our prediction goes to The Imitation Game, which is both a very Oscar-like movie, and the winner of the WGA award for Adapted Screenplay.

We’d Like the Winner to Be: We’re split here, with votes for Whiplash (which is derived from a short film) and Inherent Vice, with two votes for each. Ultimately, I’m just happy that, as the compiler of this list, I don’t have to override anyone to erase a hopeful vote for The Imitation Game.


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