Since the Oscars is in few days, I would like to share with you my personal bets for this year. Honestly, I didn't like last year's Oscars because I didn't find the movies in that batch as interesting as the others from the past years. And indeed, 2014 was definitely a great year for movies!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
For Best Supporting Actor, I think it will be a tight battle between Edward Norton for Birdman or J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. Norton did something for the film that made it quite immersive. And Simmons, who was undoubtedly good in Whiplash, let me appreciate his eccentric style, may it be in comedy or drama.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
For Best Supporting Actress, it can be Patricia Arquette for Boyhood because even though I didn't like Boyhood at all, Arquette was able to deliver so well. Her acting in Boyhood as a single mother who failed in two [or three] relationships but was able to raise two children made the narrative of the story more truthful. It can also be Emma Stone for Birdman. I don't know, but I think she wonderfully exemplified her other side of artistry in the film.
For Best Actress, I would go for Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. She played a deranged woman, that you would really hate for sure, but you would understand that the loathe was due to Pike's very effective delivery.
For Best Actor, it will definitely be Michael Keaton for Birdman. Birdman itself is a different kind of narrative shot in an elliptical style (edit-free!) and produced an outcome so overwhelming. Keaton's character in the movie added to its brilliance where he really stood out and flashed a distinct kind of edge for the film. But it can also be Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Though obviously the film was not that good at all, Redmayne’s performance here was plausible given that he portrayed a very challenging role. Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch can also take the Oscars home for The Imitation Game because The Imitation Game is good enough to lead him there.
And I think Birdman should get the Best Picture alongside with the Original Screenplay Award. :)