We foresee a Best Fantasy Costume Design win for Oscar nominee "Into the Woods" over another Academy Awards contender, "Maleficent," as well as "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)."
Still surprised by Beck's shocking win for Album of the Year at the Grammys? Don't be. "This win is in the long time Grammy tradition of seeming to honor veterans who had not received such recognition from the Grammy Awards," explains Gold Derby's latest contest champ Roosevelt Stacy (RSHouston is his username) who scored the best while predicting the 2014 Grammy Awards.
All five of this year's nominees for Best Live Action Short were helmed by filmmakers who are contending at the Oscars for the first time. One of the shorts, "The Phone Call," could have the edge as it showcases both an Oscar winner and a recent nominee. It currently leads our odds.
Below, we take a closer look at it and the competition.
"I think there will be a split in Picture and Director [at the Oscars]," says Gold Derby's latest contest champ Chris Herlihy (Bird is his username) who scored the best while predicting the 2014 BAFTA Awards. "But I am currently predicting 'Boyhood' to take both only because I have no clue how the split will go."
In a new "Academy Originals" video, Oscars host Neil Patrick Harrisreveals the first secrets from Sunday's show. From musical numbers to magic tricks to how to approach hosting the Oscars like "hosting a dinner party" and being a "pupper master," he raises the spoiler alert amidst footage of some of the best hosts over 87 years. What are the Oscars producers changing this year? How does Harris rehearse a hosting gig? Who is performing? Go behind the scenes of this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Oscars
"I keep switching around," Pete Hammond (Deadline) confesses about his Oscar predictions, referring to the confusion all pundits feel about picking "Birdman" or "Boyhood" for Best Picture.
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"I'm looking at all of the tea leaves and they're obviously sending mixed signals," he adds. "But mostly the guilds are sending signals for 'Birdman' and you can't get around that. You can't deny the significance of the PGA, DGA and SAG.
In fact, the only changes he's made in the lead races since last September have been for Best Director (dropping Richard Linklater for "Birdman's" Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Actor (ditching Michael Keaton for Eddie Redmayne). But, with only days to go before the Oscar ceremony, he's not locking in his picks quite yet. It's a crazy year, we both concede, and "Birdman" is coming on strong in the home stretch.
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