Well, here we are at the close of Awards Season and as always we go out with a bang at the 87th Academy Awards. To some it is folly, to others it is their wildest dreams... Regardless of your thoughts about them, you cannot escape the fascination with all the pomp and razzmatazz that goes with the territory. So as Neil Patrick Harris warms up his vocal chords and the conductor readies his baton, here are my predictions for this year's winners in the main categories:-

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BEST PICTURE

Birdman or (The unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)




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BEST ACTOR

Michael Keaton

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)






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BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore

Still Alice




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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons

Whiplash




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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette

Boyhood



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BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


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SCREENPLAY

Richard Linklater

Boyhood

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Anthony McCarten

The Theory of Everything

(Adapted)





So there they are - my humble opinion on who will be fortunate to receive that gold statuette. Many will disagree with my choices, but I shall open my defense by stressing that they are not necessarily the choices that I WANT to win - merely the ones that I feel the Academy will vote for. I feel that it will not go the way of the British this year and that the voting will make a conscious step away from the "play famous or disabled or both" stereotype that can criticize an actor's win. We all know the voters for the Oscars love a comeback story, or a sense of reward for a long-praised career and the Screenplay awards will be the consolation prizes for the runners up this year.

The very best of luck to all the nominees, my commiseration to those who didn't - and should have - been nominated (I'm speaking to you Mr. Turner!) and regardless whether you win or lose, just remember that everything is awesome!