As the Academy Awards crew readies the red carpet, experts are placing their predictions on the 2015 Oscar winners. Who will be disappointed and who will take home that invaluable golden statue? Get the answers, plus watch clips from nominated shows and get the TV viewing times below.
When it comes to the best picture, Birdman is favored to win, according to the New York Times. However, Boyhood is the runner-up if you want to favor an underdog.
And because the directors of both pictures also top the lists of Oscar predictions, you can even hedge your bet and split your vote. Alejandro González Iñárritu directed Birdman, while Boyhood was directed by Richard Linklater.
Two of the most highly-anticipated races are those for best actress and actor. Thus far, predictions lean toward Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor, and Julianne Moore for Best Actress, according to PC World.
Eddie earned his nomination for playing Stephen Hawking in Theory Of Everything. Moore’s nomination results from her role in Still Alice, which portrays the tragic progression of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
And to play that role in Still Alice, Moore carefully researched the reality of that heart-breaking situation, she told Entertainment Weekly.
In the film, Julianne plays Alice Howland, a brilliant woman whose life dramatically changes when she finds that she has developed Alzheimer’s disease in her early 50s. Moore revealed that she talked with doctors, families, and patients about the condition.
“I think there’s a misnomer that people kind of disappear with Alzheimer’s,” reflected Julianne, “and somehow the person that you know is gone. But one thing that I’ve found in even people who were very declined is that their personalities came through.”
For best supporting actress, predictions are favoring J.K. Simmons in Whiplash, according to TV Guide. However, Edward Norton in Birdman is a close second.
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood is the predicted best supporting actress, with Emma Stone in Birdman behind her.
As the Inquisitr reported, Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars this year, hoping to equal or even top Ellen DeGeneres’ famous break-the-Internet selfie stunt.
You can watch him on ABC via various options, and the network has posted full details on how to livestream. Both red carpet footage and behind-the-scenes excitement will be shown. However, you need to wait until February 22 to start your viewing.
As to what time to watch if you prefer to view the show on TV? Switch to ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT for the red carpet arrivals, and then wait for the show to start at 8: 30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
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