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BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Birdman 

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Julianne Moore in Still Alice

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Imitation Game
Written by Graham Moore

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Glory” from Selma

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
CitizenFour

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Whiplash

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
Big Hero 6

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feast

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
American Sniper

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Whiplash

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Phone Call

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida (Poland)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
The Grand Budapest Hotel

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

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The Screen Actors Guild consists of 165,000 members. Around 2100 are selected each year to vote in the annual SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acting branch is the largest of all Oscar branches at 1,311 members. This makes the SAG awards one of the best precursors as to who will win acting categories at the Oscars. In their 19 years they have predicted 52 of the last 76 Oscar winners for acting. In the last 2 years 3 out of 4 actors when on to with the Oscar after a SAG win.

Best Picture has only matched the SAG’s Best Ensemble award 9 times, but 7 of those were in the last 11 years. This looks to be closer step to Best Picture for AMERICAN HUSTLE, in my opinion, the most overrated movie of the year. How it beats out 12 YEARS A SLAVE or GRAVITY is beyond comprehension. One thing is for sure, Hollywood loves AMERICAN HUSTLE and that’s all it takes to win the Oscar. I still hold out hope for 12 YEARS. The other acting categories are as close to a lock to win the Oscar as you can get.

and the Actor goes to…

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY -DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT-BLUE JASMINE

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
JARED LETO – DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
LUPITA NYONG’O – 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
AMERICAN HUSTLE

The Golden Globes have a history of predicting Oscar winners. Even after the Academy moved up their due dates. Oscar ballots were due 4 days before the Globes happened, but last year all four of the academy’s acting picks came from the Golden Globes. Over the past 20 years, the Globes have chosen actor Oscar winners 80% of the time. The Oscar voters have their nominations in, but they still need to vote for the winners. The Golden Globes become an audition for Oscar night. If a Globe winner gives a good speech and comes across as likable, their chance at an Oscar goes way up. Sunday Night Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey , Jared Leto and Alfonso Cuaron. All had great speeches and the AMPAS wants them giving speeches on Oscar night. My best guess is that last night locked a nomination for Dicaprio, locked a win for McConaughy and Leto. Director is still up in the air. Right now it is between Steve McQueen Alfonso Cuaron and David O’ Russell.