by Kelly Lee & Christina
Follow along tonight to see how our predictions turn out!
by Kelly & Christina
Follow along tonight to see how our predictions turn out!
Follow along with us here tonight to see how our predictions stack up against the Academy's picks.
Be sure to check out this page for winner updates through the night, and to check out how we fared in our predictions!
Is this really our second awards show season since starting this website? As always, we’re excited to share with you our picks. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next year to complain about Star Wars getting snubbed.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Christina: Who knows, maybe Star Wars will be next year’s surprise pick. With the number of blockbusters coming out they’ll have to nominate at least one. I’m going with Spotlight. It has all the elements of award show bait and is low enough profile to be a good sleeper pick. Because we know voters like to be snooty about films few people have seen.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Kelly: All these women are strong competitors, but I’m going to predict the person who I’d most like to see win and that’s Saoirse Ronan. I love her and I want her to win and watch the presenter struggle with her cool Irish name.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Christina: DiCaprio. Remember, this isn’t the Oscars. He’s already won two Golden Globes (The Aviator, The Wolf of Wall Street).
Kelly: I said one step CLOSER.
Just in under the buzzer, we bring to you ALNM's Emmy Award predictions in the major categories. Look for the (K) for Kelly's predictions and the (C) for mine! We'll later bold the winners to see how we did!
Limited Series or Movie
Guest Actor in a Drama Series
“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers
Kelly: I think this could go to The Theory of Everything, Boyhood, or Birdman, but I think Boyhood is going to take it.
Christina: None of these movies seem to particularly blow everyone away (I haven’t even seen any of them), but my gut tells me Birdman is going to take it. Its buzz just keeps growing as the Oscars loom. Please for the love of everything don’t be American Sniper.
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Kelly: EDDIE REDMAYNE!! That's all I've to say about that.
Christina: I’ll be shocked if anyone besides Eddie Redmayne takes it. I think the only person with an outside shot would be Michael Keaton.
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Kelly: I know that we’re probably basing these predictions on who won the Golden Globe, but between the two of them, I think JK Simmons is going to win this.
Christina: JK Simmons. No doubt. I want to see that Oscar on his desk in the State Farm commercials.
Kelly: Hahaha! I would love that touch!
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
Kelly: Even though I have a general dislike for Julianne Moore, I think she's going to take this one home.
Christina: Julianne Moore. To make this even more fun for Kelly, did you know in this movie her kids are Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart?
Kelly: Dude. Seriously. Why do you do this to me?
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”
Kelly: I love that Meryl is getting recognition for her portrayal of The Witch in Into the Woods, but we can be pretty sure that Patricia Arquette is going to win this one.
Christina: Patricia Arquette seems to be a pretty sure bet in this group. The potential spoiler could be Emma Stone.
Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Kelly: It’s rare that I haven’t seen any of the films in the animated feature category and of course, it’s the year that we’re hosting an entertainment podcast that I don’t see any movies. That being said, I think How to Train Your Dragon 2 should win.
Christina: How to Train Your Dragon 2. This franchise is brilliant, and it’s nice to see Disney having to take a back seat.
Best Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle
Kelly: I know that it’s had a lot of backlash surrounding it, but I think that American Sniper is going to take this category. If not that one, then The Imitation Game could be a contender.
Christina: I’m actually going to pick The Imitation Game on this one. Partially because I refuse to pick American Sniper for anything, but also because I think the Academy may choose to avoid the hubbub that would come with a Sniper win in even a relatively minor category.
Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy
Kelly: This is a toss-up between Birdman and Boyhood, but if you're going to devote 12 years of your life to one movie, you deserve an Oscar. Boyhood should get this.
Christina: I’m apparently going with a wide range of winners this year. My money’s on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Boyhood was definitely a great cinematic feat, but I’m not sure how much of that comes from the screenplay. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s strength and uniqueness is something that comes straight from the script, it seems to me.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins
Kelly: I know next to nothing about cinematography and because of that, I’m just going to randomly pick one. Birdman.
Christina: Birdman seems to be a pretty easy choice here for me. Any movie that has the appearance of being made in a single shot has my vote here.
Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran
Kelly: As a general rule, I like Colleen Atwood’s costumes and I think that all the thought and detail she brought to each character’s costume in Into the Woods should get recognition. In case you didn’t see the film, you should know that she based each costume off the person’s story line and aspects of different time periods’ fashions and yet they all still seemed to mesh together well. Because of that, she should get this award.
Christina: I’d love to give Colleen Atwood my pick here, but Milena Canonero’s work on The Grand Budapest Hotel felt the most visually grabbing here. She gets my vote.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum
Kelly: As I said before, if you’re going to devote 12 years to a movie, you deserve recognition. Four for you, Richard Linklater! And none for Gretchen Weiners. Bye.
Christina: Alejandro Iñárritu could very well take this. But I agree with Kelly. Without Richard Linklater’s work for over a decade, Boyhood is a good idea in the back of a notebook. He should win.
Best Documentary Feature
“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Kelly: Maybe I’m not as cultured or up to speed with current events as Christina, so I’m going to follow her lead and say CitizenFour.
Christina: CitizenFour is relevant and has garnered buzz outside of the documentary community. Plus I’ve heard of it. So there.
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen
Kelly: Should I just pick a random one? Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Christina: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.
Best Film Editing
“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash” Tom Cross
Kelly: Boyhood. Even if they didn’t use technology to age the characters, they still had to make it look like it wasn’t shot so far apart.
Christina: Boyhood. Just think about how many different techniques and editing software programs came and went during the making of this film.
Best Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales” Argentina
Kelly: Wild Tales?
Christina: Ida. That’s my choice and I don’t know why.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Kelly: Let’s all take a long hard look at Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy and then you let me know who you think should win this….
Christina: I really really WANT to give this to Guardians of the Galaxy. I really really do. It DESERVES it. But The Grand Budapest Hotel seems to be a movie much more geared towards the average Academy vote. But I’ll still go with Guardians because I want to.
Best Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson
Kelly: Johann Johannson will most likely get this since he got the Golden Globe, even if I want it to be Hans Zimmer.
Christina: Jóhann Jóhannsson. It’s beautiful score.
Best Original Song
Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, "Lost Stars" — "Begin Again"
John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn, "Glory" — "Selma"
Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, and The Lonely Island, "Everything Is Awesome" — "The Lego Movie"
Diane Warren, "Grateful" — "Beyond the Lights"
Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" — "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me"
Kelly: I would absolutely LOVE if The Lonely Island won an Oscar, but I think it's going to John Legend and Common for Glory.
Christina: Glory. How weird is it to see their real names there?
Kelly: I didn’t even NOTICE it was their real names! That’s awesome! Dang it, my friend was right. Legend as a last name WASN’T just a fortuitous coincidence.
Achievement in Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts
Kelly: I just want Into the Woods to win something! Plus, it should speak to their awesome production design that the actors actually got lost in the “woods” pretty frequently while filming.
Christina: The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s so visually striking.
Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins
Kelly: I’m going to pick The Dam Keeper.
Christina: I don’t think I’ve ever accurately predicted this category ever. But I’m still going with Feast.
Best Live Action Short Film
“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Kelly: Aya...because that’s what we Chinese people say when we’re exasperated with someone. Like Christina usually is with me….
Christina: The Phone Call. Because this is our podcast/blog and I do what I want.
Achievement in Sound Editing
“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
Kelly: Because you always win this stuff, Christina, I’m going to say American Sniper just to be contrary.
Christina: I’m hearing American Sniper could take this. So I’ll go with Interstellar. Ha.
Achievement in Sound Mixing
“American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Kelly: Interstellar? What the heck is sound mixing?
Christina: Whiplash. See reasoning above.
Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
Kelly: This is the only category where fandoms are represented and because of that, there are a lot that I would like to win this. However, I think Interstellar or Guardians of the Galaxy is going to win this one.
Christina: It’s going to be Interstellar, but oh how do I wish Captain America: TWS would take home an Oscar.
We here at A Little Nerd Music (just in time for the actual event!) bring you our well researched and thoughtful opinions on who we think will be going home a winner in each category. Ok, to be honest we haven’t seen EVERY one of the nominees. But we went at this like a logic puzzle in high school math. Hopefully this helps in your Golden Globes office pool.
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
Christina: I would love for Boyhood to win considering the sheer amount of work and foresight that went into making it, and I think it will take the top prize. Selma could also get an added boost considering the current social climate.
Kelly: I think this will come down to Selma, Boyhood, or The Theory of Everything and either one of those will sweep it. Because I haven’t seen any of these, I’m just going to pick The Theory of Everything.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Into the Woods”
Christina: Birdman is probably the closest there is to a sure thing this year. A very outside shot for The Grand Budapest hotel.
Kelly: I’ve only seen Into the Woods and I really want it to win, but I know that Birdman will probably win.
Check out more predictions behind the cut!
Best Miniseries or Movie
"American Horror Story: Coven"
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”
xoxokellylee: I haven’t even heard of most of these. For that reason, I’m just going to pick a random one and say AHS.
callmechristinae: It probably will go to Fargo. I haven’t seen a miniseries with that much critical buzz in a while. But do yourself a favor and watch this final season of Luther. It’s some of the best television I’ve seen in a while.
Best Actress Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip Bountiful”
callmechristinae: I think this one will go to Jessica Lange.
xoxokellylee: Yeah, what she said.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
xoxokellylee: I’m torn because Mark Ruffalo was awesome in The Normal Heart, but….Benedict Cumberbatch…. I think it’s either going to Billy Bob Thornton or Chiwetel Ejiofor, though.
callmechristinae: My heart says Idris Elba, my mind says Billy Bob Thornton. I wish I could say Benefict Cumberbatch, but this latest round of Sherlock was probably the weakest (through no fault of the actors).
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
callmechristinae: Who should get it? Jim Parsons or Matt Bomer. There’s a risk of vote splitting here again, but I think Matt Bomer has a strong chance being a fresher face to the voters.
xoxokellylee: Jim Parsons DESERVES this win. Or Matt Bomer. He was also amazing.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers In the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
xoxokellylee: Julia Roberts actually impressed me in her role in The Normal Heart. I didn’t see any of these other nominees so I can’t really judge them.
callmechristinae: Why no Ruth Wilson for Luther? Seriously? She is AMAZING. But I guess I’ll go with Julia Roberts.
Outstanding Animated Program
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project”
callmechristinae: I just want to hear someone say Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Emmys.
xoxokellylee: I just…..I can’t judge this.
Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
xoxokellylee: Betty White should get this because she’s Betty White.
callmechristinae: Betty White or Tom Bergeron.
"The Amazing Race"
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Dancing with the Stars”
callmechristinae: The Amazing Race seems to be the default come awards season. I think The Voice gets less respect because it hasn’t churned out superstars, but it’s great television and that’s what this category is about.
xoxokellylee: The Voice is so much better without Christina and Cee-Lo. They should get this award just to reinforce that good decision making.
"The Colbert Report"
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
xoxokellylee: I want Jimmy to take this home because I’ve loved him for years and am so proud of this impressive step forward, but I know it’s either going to Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.
callmechristinae: Colbert won last year and recently announced the end of the show. I think he’ll probably take it home again this year. But Jimmy Fallon has been a breath of fresh air to late night television.
“Dog with a Blog”
“Good Luck Charlie”
“Nick News With Linda Ellerbee - Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home”
“One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp”
“Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass”
callmechristinae: Uh, Nick News? I have no idea, but I watched that as a kid.
xoxokellylee: I didn’t even know this was a category…..I remember thinking Linda Ellerbee was old when WE watched Nick News and that was 20 years ago!