2015 Academy Awards Open Thread And C&L's Oscar Picks
February 22, 2015

2015 was another crazy year in film with cries of historial innacuracies for American Sniper, Selma and The Immitation Game, as well as cries of outrage for Oscar snubs to Selma and The Lego Movie. Both deserved to be recognized.

Here are my choices for the 87th Academy Awards.

Best Picture

My Pick: Birdman

I just loved this off beat and wildly creative production with Michael Keaton playing a character close to his heart since he was Batman in the early days and didn't make a third picture. It wouldn't surprise me to see "Boyhood" taking this statue and Iñárritu getting the Best Director.

Best Director

My Pick: Boyhood

A movie that takes twelve years to make, using the same actors and featuring Richard Linklater's unique vision is a no brainer. I can see this movie flipping with "Birdman" and winning Best Picture instead of direction too.

Best Actor

My Pick: Eddie Remayne

Redmayne did an incredible job with this role. His only real challenger is Michael Keaton, but I don't see the Oscar going his way.

Best Actress

My Pick: Julianne Moore

Is there any role Julianne Moore can't play? This movie broke my heart throughout and it was due to her wonderfully nuanced performance.

Best Supporting Actor

My Pick: J.K. Simmons

He's been one of my favorite actors since I saw him in an episode on Homicide, Life On The Streets as Colonel Alexander Rausch. My favorite performance in this category goes to Edward Norton in "Birdman," because he was so much fun, but J.K. stole his movie.

Best Supporting Actress

My Pick: Patricia Arquette

This was an easy choice and I'm not saying that because the other nominees weren't up to the task.

Best Documentary – Feature

My Pick: Citizenfour

Watching the saga of Edward Snowden in real time during the days when he leaked secret NSA documents was as thrilling as it was sobering. Laura Poitras did an amazing job.

Best Foreign Language Film

My Pick: Ida

I was taken in by the stark simplicity and sharp black and white images Paweł Pawlikowski captured in this tale of an orphaned woman trying to find out what happened to her parents in WWII before taking her vows for the church.

Please chat about your favorite film, performance, score, etc.

Also, if you're into the red carpet pageantry; comment about that too.

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