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Oscar Predictions 2015

I am a movie fan — pure and simple. I have even been known to take movie vacations, where I catch up on movies and see one every day. One of my favorite things is predicting who will win at the Academy Awards. It is not just about whether a performance was better than others, but you have to factor in such things as have they won before, are they or the movie too popular, have they been overlooked before, and so on. This is one of the most open fields in years. Here are my picks for the Top Six Awards.Boyhood

Best Actor
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman [or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
All are Oscar virgins in this category, but it really comes down to 2 people here: Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper. In Eddie Redmayne, you get a good-looking guy to play a disfigured nerd with a debilitating illness; whereas with Cooper, it’s his 3rd straight nomination in 3 years. Winner: Eddie Redmayne

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Two former Oscar winners here — Cotillard and Witherspoon. Of those left, 2 are new — Felicity and Rosamund. Julianne is a previous nominee, and has yet to win. She has proven she can do small parts in studio blockbusters like The Hunger Games, and nice independent movies like Still Alice. But after seeing Wild, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reese win again. Winner: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman [or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Meryl Streep was great as always, but she has won or been nominated so many times, she is not winning again! Emma Stone’s role in Birdman didn’t do much for me, she’s been better in other movies. But as the mother in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette has proved she is the one to beat. Winner: Patricia Arquette

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman [or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Robert Duvall has won before, so he’s out. If there is a sweep for Boyhood, it could pull along Ethan Hawke. But smart money says it is going to go to the role of music instructor J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. He’s been around for years, bit parts in many TV shows and movies. It’s his time. Winner: J.K. Simmons

Best Director
Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman [or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance]), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
Inarritu has been here before with Babel. And Miller with Capote. Neither of them has won before. But for shepherding his passion project though 12 years, I think Linklater is the one to beat. Winner: Richard Linklater

Best Picture
American Sniper, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash
American Sniper and Selma have both taken heat for their portrayal of real events. American Sniper for being a limited view of a contentious war, and celebrating a somewhat crazy soldier with PTSD. Selma for it’s portrayal of President LBJ. Grand Budapest Hotel is too quirky and flimsy for a best picture. The race is coming down to either Birdman or Boyhood. Birdman reminded me a little of Black Swan with it’s behind the scenes look at a show. And that movie didn’t win. But for a movie that is so small, and yet so universal — I think it going to be Boyhood. Winner: Boyhood

Those are my picks. If you think differently, then please sound off in the comments. And if you win big in an Oscar pool, please let me know too.

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Who Will Win American Idol 2013?

So we are into the Top Ten on American Idol. This is where the competition really gets interesting. Sure, Idol is the older statemen of all singing competitions, but it is still the best of them. Let me remind you, we are at season 12 here. The Voice (3 seasons), The X Factor (2 seasons) have yet to yield the level of talent or cultural relevance, that Idol had by Season 3 (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson). Here’s my take who will win the crown for Season 12 (and the order they will leave the competition from 9 to 1):American Idol Season 12

9. Paul Jolley — He’s described himself as wanting to be the male version of Taylor Swift, doing country pop. While I think there is room in the market for someone like that, I don’t think he is it.

8. Devin Velez — He’s got several things going for him: cute, hispanic and nice voice. He’s been making poor song choices though. I would love to see him let loose more and have some fun.

7. Lazaro Arbos — Cute, stuttering boy has gotten a lot of mileage from his back story. Not sure it will carry him very far. Uneven so far in the vocal department. He may be this season’s Sanjaya.

6. Janelle Arthur — Country has done well in this competition. Her voice does seem to be a bit of a throwback to Patsy Cline. But then again, that is not what is selling in country now.

5. Burnell Taylor — He is definitely a very distinctive singer, and that is a good thing. He might be too mellow for his own good though. He should try some more uptempo numbers.

4. Kree Harrison — Not sure exactly where she is headed, she loves country, rock, blues. But she is good at all of them. Still not seeing a star, even if her voice says otherwise.

3. Amber Holcomb — Another big voiced young woman. If she believes in herself, she will go far. Unfortunately, she is pretty, and the cards are stacked against pretty girls going all the way on Idol.

2. Angie Miller — She’s a singer/songwriter type, and is best when she stays in her lane. We’ll see how she adapts to the theme weeks. She has the appeal of the girl next door.

1. Candice Glover — I remember Candice from her tryouts in past seasons. This is definitely her time, and I am glad she came back. She is a powerhouse, and the one who is “in it to win it” as Randy says. Her take on songs by Mary J. Blige and Jordin Sparks were both excellent. I look forward to hearing her album!

So that’s my predictions! Please sound off and let me know what you think.

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