Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote – Every Category (1 of 2)

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Rank Last Chart Best Picture AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Boyhood
1 3 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 13 97
2 2 Birdman
2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 13 96
3 3 American Sniper
3 2 4 4 4 4 2 3 5 5 4 5 3 13 69
4 4 The Grand Budapest Hotel
4 5 6 3 3 3 5 5 3 3 3 3 4 13 67
5 5 The Imitation Game
5 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 5 4 5 13 56
6 8 Whiplash
8 8 3 8 6 8 6 7 7 4 7 8 6 13 31
7 6 Selma
6 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 6 7 8 7 7 13 28
8 7 The Theory of Everything
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 6 6 8 13 24

Rank Last Chart Best Actor AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything
1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 13 62
2 2 Michael Keaton
Birdman
2 1 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 13 52
3 3 Bradley Cooper
American Sniper
3 3 3 2 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 13 42
4 4 Benedict Cumberbatch
The Imitation Game
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 13 26
5 5 Steve Carell
Foxcatcher
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 13 13

Rank Last Chart Best Actress AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Julianne Moore
Still Alice
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 Reese Witherspoon
Wild
2 2 3 2 2 2 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 13 45
3 3 Felicity Jones
The Theory of Everything
4 3 2 3 3 4 3 5 5 3 3 3 3 13 34
4 4 Rosamund Pike
Gone Girl
3 5 4 4 4 3 5 2 2 4 4 5 5 13 28
5 5 Marion Cotillard
One Day, Two Nights
5 4 5 5 5 5 2 3 3 5 5 4 4 13 23

Rank Last Chart Best Supporting Actor AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 J. K. Simmons
Whiplash
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 Edward Norton
Birdman
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 13 51
3 3 Ethan Hawke
Boyhood
3 3 5 3 3 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 5 13 35
4 4 Mark Ruffalo
Foxcatcher
4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 13 28
5 5 Robert Duvall
The Judge
5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 13 16

Rank Last Chart Best Supporting Actress AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Patricia Arquette
Boyhood
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 Emma Stone
Birdman
2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 13 50
3 3 Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game
3 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 13 36
4 t4 Meryl Streep
Into The Woods
5 5 2 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 3 5 4 13 23
5 t4 Laura Dern
Wild
4 4 5 5 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 13 21

Rank Last Chart Best Director AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 2 Alejandro G. Inarritu
Birdman
1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 13 62
2 1 Richard Linklater
Boyhood
2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 13 55
3 3 Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 13 39
4 4 Morten Tyldum
The Imitation Game
4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 13 25
5 5 Bennett Miller
Foxcatcher
5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 13 14

Rank Last Chart Best Original Screenplay AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 The Grand Budapest Hotel
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 13 62
2 3 Birdman
2 2 2 2 3 3 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 13 53
3 2 Boyhood
3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 13 41
4 4 NIghtcrawler
4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 13 25
5 5 Foxcatcher
5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 13 14

Rank Last Chart Best Adapted Screenplay AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 The Imitation Game
1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 13 60
2 2 Whiplash
2 3 2 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 4 2 2 13 52
3 3 Amercan Sniper
3 2 4 3 4 1 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 13 39
4 4 The Theory of Everything
4 4 3 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 2 4 4 13 29
5 5 Inherent Vice
5 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 13 15

Rank Last Chart Best Cinematography AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Birdman
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 The Grand Budapest Hotel
3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 13 50
3 3 Unbroken
2 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 3 5 4 13 32
4 4 Mr Turner
5 4 3 3 5 3 3 5 2 4 4 4 5 13 28
5 5 Ida
4 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 3 3 13 20

Rank Last Chart Best Production Design AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 The Grand Budapest Hotel
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 Into The Woods
2 2 2 3 2 3 4 2 2 2 3 2 2 13 47
3 3 Mr. Turner
4 3 3 2 5 2 3 3 3 3 2 4 5 13 36
4 4 The Imitation Game
5 4 4 4 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 5 4 13 27
5 5 Interstellar
3 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 13 20

Rank Last Chart Best Costume Design AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 The Grand Budapest Hotel
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 65
2 2 Into The Woods
2 2 2 3 2 3 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 13 47
3 t3 Maleficent
3 3 3 2 3 5 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 13 36
4 t3 Mr. Turner
4 4 5 5 4 2 2 4 4 4 3 4 5 13 28
5 5 Inherent Vice
5 5 4 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 3 13 19

Rank Last Chart Best Editing AdamsEllwoodGrayHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhipp Votes Total
1 1 Boyhood
3 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 13 59
2 2 Whiplash
1 4 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 2 2 2 13 53
3 t3 American Sniper
2 2 3 3 4 5 4 2 3 4 5 4 3 13 34
4 t3 he Grand Budapest Hotel
4 5 4 4 3 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 4 13 31
5 5 The Imitation Game
5 3 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 3 5 5 13 18

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3 Responses to “Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote – Every Category (1 of 2)”

  1. Dandi says:

    Well, well, well……..look at them finally admitting American Sniper is in this race.

    One objection: there will not be a split. Not with PGA, DGA going to only one film.

    Sorry. It’s time to let go and say BYE BYE to Boyhood.

  2. Hatem Alaa says:

    Who Will and Should Win?

    Picture
    American Sniper
    Birdman
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Selma
    The Theory of Everything
    Whiplash
    Who Will Win: Birdman
    I think that “Boyhood” is too much of an indie to take home the big prize and it is slightly overhyped by the fact that it was shot over twelve years. Between the two, “Birdman” is the worthy winner and likely more suited to the Academy’s taste – after all it is a movie about actors that is original in every aspect of it not just the way it was shot.
    Who Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Wes Anderson’s crowning achievement and the most entertaining movie of the year that is simply a breakthrough in storytelling and filmmaking that is engaging with the right mix of drama and comedy.

    Director
    Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
    Richard Linklater – Boyhood
    Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
    Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
    Who Will Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu
    There is lots of love for Linklater but I think it is more for the daringness of his project. Inarritu did something original and his DGA win pretty much seals his Oscar.
    Who Should Win: Alejandro G. Inarritu
    Anderson did wonders with “Budapest Hotel” but there is no denying the originality of Inarritu’s directorial style for “Birdman” especially with the film shot as if it is just one single take.

    Actor
    Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
    Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
    Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
    Michael Keaton – Birdman
    Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
    Who Will Win: Eddie Redmayne
    A tight race between Redmayne and Keaton but I think the Academy will go with Redmayne who delivered the most challenging and transformative performance of the five as Stephen Hawking in a good yet overrated film. However, there is a chance that Keaton – the frontrunner from the start of the awards season only to have Redmayne’s chances increase with the latter’s SAG win – wins as the Academy loves this kind of a comeback role.
    Who Should Win: Eddie Redmayne
    One of the strongest year in recent memory for actors and I am still bewildered that the likes of David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Ralph Fiennes (“ Budapest Hotel”) didn’t make the cut although their performances are better than the five nominees in my opinion. Carell is great but it is is more of a supporting role and Cooper (while delivering a career-best performance that is more worthy of awards consideration than last year’s “American Hustle”) is a last minute addition who should just be happy to be part of the pack. Cumberbatch is great but it is just not his year yet. So it boils down to Keaton and Redmayne. Although I loved “Birdman” yet only liked “Theory”, there is no denying the strength of Redmayne’s emotional and physical transformation to portray Hawking’s genius and humor despite his devastating physical state.

    Actress
    Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
    Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
    Julianne Moore – Still Alice
    Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
    Reese Witherspoon – Wild
    Who Will Win: Julianne Moore
    There has a lot of mention that 2014 was weak year for female lead roles but I must say that the Academy picked a perfect list of strong performances (probably because choice was easy). It would be a big surprise if Moore doesn’t win for her demanding, emotionally draining role as a linguistics professor with early onset Alzheimer. Plus she is one of the best living actresses and her Oscar is way overdue (she was nominated four times before).
    Who Should Win: Julianne Moore
    A part of me wanted to say Cotillard who was a surprise nominee for her devastatingly real portrayal of an impoverished, depressed mother who asks her co-workers to vote for her to stay on the job instead of getting their bonuses in this little French film. Another film wanted to say Witherspoon in a career-best, whole-rounded, challenging performance as Cheryl Strayed who hiked the Pacific Coast Trail. But I will go with Moore partly because she is one of my all-time favorite actresses and should have gotten her Oscar ages ago. But most importantly, her performance is excellent and possibly the most resonating and moving of the five. It elevates the little movie to a completely different level.

    Supporting Actor
    Robert Duvall – The Judge
    Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
    Edward Norton – Birdman
    Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
    J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
    Who Will Win: J.K. Simmons
    A very strong category (with the exception of Ruffalo). Edward Norton is great and delivers the strongest role in “Birdman” in my view. But there is no denying Simmons’ strength in a soon-to-be-classic performance that showcases the thin line between a mentor and a monster. He also virtually won all other awards.
    Who Should Win: J.K. Simmons
    Please see above – I just loved this performance.

    Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette – Birdman
    Laura Dern – Wild
    Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
    Emma Stone – Birdman
    Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
    Who Will Win: Patricia Arquette
    A weak category that makes it easy to single out Arquette who is the heart and soul of “Boyhood” as the loving mother who makes awful guy choices. Like Simmons, she also swept the majority of pre-Oscars awards.
    Who Should Win: Patricia Arquette
    I believe there are only two really good roles here” Arquette and the always-reliable, three-time-winner Streep. But I also have to choose Arquette for her subtly strong performance in “Boyhood”. She plays the most interesting character in the movie and just steals all scenes she is in.

    Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6
    The Boxtrolls
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Song of the Sea
    The Tale of Princess Kaguya
    Who Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
    There was a lot of backlash on the absence of “The Lego Movie” from the list of nominees. It should have been there, yes. But it shouldn’t have won. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is the one that should and will win with “Big Hero 6” a close second. The movie improves on the popular original, has great animation and is entertaining and extremely moving.
    Who Should Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
    I haven’t seen “Song” or “Princess” but “Dragon 2” was undoubtedly one of the best family movie-going experiences of the year.

    Documentary Feature
    Citizenfour
    Finding Vivian Maier
    Last Days in Vietnam
    The Salt of the Earth
    Virunga
    Who Will Win: Citizenfour
    I haven’t seen any of the movies in this category but given the great acclaim for Citizenfour, it would be a big surprise if it doesn’t win.

    Foreign Language Film
    Ida (Poland)
    Leviathan (Russia)
    Tangerines (Estonia)
    Timbuktu (Mauritania)
    Wild Tales (Argentina)
    Who Will Win: Ida
    I also haven’t seen any of the nominees but it looks like “Ida” has this one locked. It was probably the most seen of the five by Academy members too.

    Adapted Screenplay
    American Sniper
    The Imitation Game
    Inherent Vice
    The Theory of Everything
    Whiplash
    Who Will Win: Whiplash
    “Whiplash” will benefit from Academy rules that led it to be nominated in this category not in Original Screenplay (because there was a short movie by writer-director Damien Chazelle preceding the movie that was only done to secure funding for this movie). Chance of an upset from “The Imitation Game” (which could be its only Oscar win) especially after its WGA win –.
    Who Should Win: Whiplash
    One of the best movies of the year with a great original script. It benefits from landing in the relatively weak Adapted Screenplay category.

    Original Screenplay
    Birdman
    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Nightcrawler
    Who Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    A very competitive category with good chances of upsets from the greatly loved 12-year-saga “Boyhood” and one of the year’s most original movies “Birdman”. But “Budapest Hotel” should and will likely win this category (cemented by its SAG win). It is a masterpiece in storytelling that it feels as if it was adapted from a novel. Plus Wes Anderson was nominated in this category twice before.
    Who Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Cinematography
    Birdman
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Ida
    Mr. Turner
    Unbroken
    Who Will Win: Birdman
    You can’t have a conversation about “Birdman” without mention of its unique single-take feel with credit primarily to go to the great Emmanuel Lubezki who will likely win for the second year in a row (last year he won for his remarkable work on “Gravity”). He also shot one of the most memorable and, well, best-shot Times Square sequences with Keaton in his undies.
    Who Should Win: Birdman

    Costume Design
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Inherent Vice
    Into the Woods
    Maleficent
    Mr. Turner
    Who Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    A close race between “Budapest Hotel” and “Woods”. The Academy has deservedly shown a lot of love for “Budapest” and this is one of the categories where it will earn the love. The costumes are unique and colorful. Milena Canonero is also a veteran working since the 1970s with three Oscars to her credit (“Barry Lyndon”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Marie Antoinette”).
    Who Should Win: Into the Woods
    You got to hand it to Colleen Atwood when it comes to challenging costumes (she also has three Oscars – “Chicago”, “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Alice in Wonderland”). “Woods” was underrated and not loved enough, which doesn’t work to its favor especially when there is a movie with more love and challenging costumes. But Atwood managed to re-create costumes of most-known Grimm Brothers fairytales in one movie to perfection.

    Editing
    American Sniper
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Whiplash
    Who Will Win: Whiplash
    Although there is a lot of love and push for first-time nominee and longtime Richard Linklater collaborator Sandra Adair, I would pick another first timer – Tom Cross for “Whiplash”, which is possibly the most artistic of the five. Adair had a tough job going through footage shot over twelve years and delivering one cohesive end result. But Cross’s editing was key (especially in the movie’s enigmatic finale) in creating a thriller out of a movie about a guy who wants to be a top drummer.
    Who Should Win: Whiplash
    I would have loved to see “Birdman” here (there must be credit to the editor for making the movie feel unedited) but I would have probably still gone with “Whiplash”.

    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Foxcatcher
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Who Will Win: Guardians of the Galaxy
    A tough one to call as it is not a very strong category with an obvious snub for “Into the Woods”. “Budapest” could win, however, given the amount of love for the movie but other than the Tilda Swinton transformation, the makeup is not that obvious. “Galaxy” had the greatest amount and most challenging makeup of the three.
    Who Should Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Original Score
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitiation Game
    Interstellar
    Mr. Turner
    The Theory of Everything
    Who Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Alexandre Desplat was nominated six times before and this year he is nominated twice for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game”, which runs the risk of his votes being split. But, again, “Budapest Hotel” was the most nominated and with the absence of the supposed winner “Birdman” (tied for most nominations) from the list for silly Academy rules (it sampled too much classical music!), it has it sealed. I also think it is high time for Desplat to win for his memorable, happy-go-lucky score for the movie. Johann Johannson’s classical score for “Theory” could be the upset.
    Who Should Win: Interstellar
    The brilliant almost single-note score from Hans Zimmer is one of the best thing’s about Nolan’s space saga. But it is too subtle for the Academy to recognize.

    Original Song
    Everything Is Awesome – The Lego Movie
    Glory – Selma
    Grateful – Beyond the Lights
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
    Lost Stars – Begin Again
    Who Will Win: Glory
    It is an outrage that Selma only got two nominations and this is the only category (since the other is Best Picture) where the academy can redeem itself.
    Who Should Win: Lost Stars
    I just love that song and Adam Levine’s high-pithed falsetto at the bridge. It is also a significant song in the movie that is played three times!

    Production Design
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Interstellar
    Into the Woods
    Mr. Turner
    Who Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    “Budapest Hotel” was one of the most-colorful and best-looking films of the year with several beautiful settings especially the title hotel. It will and should win.
    Who Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Sound Editing
    American Sniper
    Birdman
    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
    Interstellar
    Unbroken
    Who Will Win: American Sniper
    The Academy just loves to award war movies in the sound categories (will disregard “Unbroken” for obvious reasons) and this is possibly where the only love for Best Picture nominee and surprise hit “Sniper” will be showcases.
    Who Should Win: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
    Peter Jackson fantasy films are always the most challenging in the sound-editing domain if you ask me and this one is no exception.

    Sound Mixing
    American Sniper
    Birdman
    Interstellar
    Unbroken
    Whiplash
    Who Will Win: Whiplash
    Usually one film nabs both sound awards but it would be a shame if “Whiplash” doesn’t win this one – it is a movie about music and sound plays a great role in creating its immersive, tense vibe.
    Who Should Win: Whiplash

    Visual Effects
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Interstellar
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Who Will Win: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    “Apes” represents another leap forward for motion-capture technology. The apes look real and their numbers are just far more than ever.
    Who Should Win: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  3. Freddy Ardanza says:

    Some critics seem to confuse better with boring