The Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and airs live on ABC at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Neil Patrick Harris is making his debut as host of the 87th annual edition of this kudofest.
We are predicting that “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will prevail with four of its nine nominations while “Boyhood” will win three of its six bids, including Best Picture and “Birdman” will go two for nine. (See the full list of predicted winners below).
Our predictions are based on a combination of the four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors, the Top 24 Users (highest scorers predicting last year’s winners), and All Users. Last year, we collectively forecast 22 of the 24 winners, missing only Animated Short and Live Action Short. The best of the four groups last year was our Editors who nailed 23 of the 24 races (96%) while our Oscarologists got 21 correct (87.5%) as did our our Top 24 Users — those two dozen readers who had done the best at predicting the 2012 Oscars — and All Users.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” will win:
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Best Production Design
“The Imitation Game” will go one for eight, winning just Adapted Screenplay;
“American Sniper” will win one of its six races: Best Sound Editing;
“Interstellar” will prevail with one of its five bids: Best Visual Effects;
“Ida” will bat .500, taking Foreign Language Film;
So will “Selma“, claiming Best Song; and
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The films with multiple nominations expected to be shut out are:
“Mr. Turner” (four)
“Into the Woods” (three)
“Guardians of the Galaxy” (two)
“Inherent Vice” (two)
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