You may have thought I was a man of single-minded focus and that all I ever thought about was sports gambling but you’d be wrong! I also enjoy the movies a great deal and since our friends at Bovada put out their odds for Sunday night’s Oscar Awards I figured this was my cue to jump in!
The question for you is… How much faith will you put into my Oscar picks?
The Oscars – Best Picture
American Sniper 16/1
The Imitation Game 28/1
The Grand Budapest Hotel 40/1
Theory of Everything 50/1
Will Win: Boyhood. Critics love it because it spans over so many years which is really unique and it has very good performances from all involved.
Should Win: Birdman. It’s something we’ve all seen in terms of a star trying to re-capture lost glory but this movie does it exceptionally well.
The Oscars – Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman 4/7
Richard Linklater – Boyhood 11/10
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel 25/1
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher 50/1
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game 50/1
Will Win/Should Win: Boyhood. Linklater has patiently created a movie that will stand the test of time and it will serve as an inspiration for other directors to be as creative.
The Oscars – Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything 1/3
Michael Keaton – Birdman 2/1
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper 14/1
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game 33/1
Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher 33/1
Will Win: Redmayne. Portraying the world’s most brilliant mind in Stephen Hawking as his body debilitates carries weight with voters.
Should Win: Cooper. The third time should be the charm as he took on a role that saw him gain 40 lbs and display his acting chops from one end of the spectrum to the other.
The Oscars – Best Actress
Julianne Moore – Still Alice 1/50
Reese Witherspoon – Wild 12/1
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl 25/1
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything 40/1
Marion Cotillard – Two Days One Night 50/1
Will Win/Should Win: Witherspoon. She took on a mentally and physically challenging role based on a true story and nailed it. The voters love stories like this.
The Oscars – Best Supporting Actor
JK Simmons – Whiplash 1/50
Edward Norton – Birdman 12/1
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher 16/1
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood 33/1
Robert Duvall – The Judge 33/1
Will Win: Hawke. The run of Oscars for ‘Boyhood’ continues as the long-time actor gets his due.
Should Win: Simmons. I’ve always felt it was just a matter of time before a role came along that was made for Simmons and this one was it as he portrays the teacher of young drumming phenom.
The Oscars – Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood 1/50
Emma Stone – Birdman 14/1
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game 25/1
Laura Dern – Wild 5/1
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods 25/1
Will Win/Should Win: Stone. This Academy Awards could be remembered as a passing of the torch. With Stone and Knightley (who could easily win) dethroning the legendary Meryl Streep as the youth movement in Hollywood takes over.