Sunday February 22nd, 2015, the Academy Awards!  I’ve very excited about this year’s Oscars; there are a ton of excellent films represented as well as the annual snubs left out.  It should be a great show, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting, and I’ll be live-tweeting the event on Twitter (@OlieCoen).  You can check out my Oscars page for a complete listing of the nominees in the six major categories, but here are both my predictions and my picks for the best films of 2014:

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

  • Winner – J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
  • Runner-up – Edward Norton – Birdman
  • My choice – J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Director

  • Winner – Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  • Runner-up – Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
  • My choice – Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Picture