This year, Neil Patrick Harris takes the stage at the Academy Awards Ceremony to honor the best films and filmmaking of 2014. Here's a quick rundown of the categories close to my heart as well as my five bold predictions for the ceremony:
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro Inarritu, Birdman
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best Original Song: "Glory," Selma
Best Makeup & Hair: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design: Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Best Sound Mixing: John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, American Sniper
Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
1.) The Grand Budapest Hotel will walk away with the most awards.
2.) Boyhood will only win two awards (Supporting Actress & Editing).
3.) This year, the Academy Awards ceremony will bring in the highest ratings in five years and NPH will be back to host at least three more times.
4.) A Christopher Nolan movie WILL NOT win either of the sound design categories.
5.) Birdman will win Best Picture and Director, but its leading star will get shut out.