2015 Os­cars,

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WRIT­ING (ORIG­I­NAL SCREEN­PLAY) — Start tread­ing care­fully again here: Writ­ing cat­e­gories are hard to pre­dict. But Wes An­der­son’s The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel is a smart, quirky, and much-loved movie that has not seen any re­turn so far in these Os­car pre­dic­tions, so I’ll give it the nod over Bird­man and Boy­hood . CHOICE : Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu, Bird­man PRE­DIC­TION: Wes An­der­son, The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel

WRIT­ING (ADAPTED SCREEN­PLAY) — Oh, boy. My ad­vice here is to toss the nom­i­nees into a hat and pick one out. Don’t bother putting Paul Thomas An­der­son’s

In­her­ent Vice in the hat. The The­ory of Every­thing has mo­men­tum com­ing out of the BAFTAs, and The Imi­ta­tion Game has been rid­ing some strong sup­port. Amer­i­can Sniper may have to get recog­ni­tion some­place, and this could be where. And Whiplash is a gritty, un­usual, and pow­er­fully writ­ten pic­ture. CHOICE: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash PRE­DIC­TION: Ja­son Hall, Amer­i­can Sniper

BONUS ROUND — For­eign Lan­guage is a ro­bust cat­e­gory, with the Rus­sian Le­viathan maybe edg­ing out Poland’s Ida . The Best Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture, in cin­e­matic terms, may not be Laura Poitras’ Ci­ti­zen­four , but it should win on the ba­sis of its pow­er­ful sub­ject. Selma will get its mo­ment with a win for Orig­i­nal Song ( “Glory ” ). An­i­mated Fea­ture seems to be headed for How to Train Your Dragon 2 , but keep an eye out for Ire­land’s lovely Song of the Sea .

NO RE­SPECT — Mr. Turner , what hap­pened? Ti­mothy Spall, say it ain’t so! When Mike Leigh’s pic­ture came out, crit­ics had it down as a shoo-in for the Best Pic­ture and Ac­tor cat­e­gories, but Os­car (and BAFTA) thought dif­fer­ently. David Oyelowo’s Martin Luther King Jr. did not march as ex­pected to an act­ing nom­i­na­tion. In An­i­mated Fea­ture, The Lego Movie got some of the year’s best no­tices, but Os­car didn’t no­tice. An­gelina Jolie’s Un­bro­ken came in with a lot of hype but broke down. And Into the Woods got left out in the cold (but if you love mu­si­cals, see it any­way).

Best Orig­i­nal Screen­play nom­i­nee Wes An­der­son, The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel

Best Adapted Screen­play nom­i­nee

Ja­son Hall, Amer­i­can Sniper

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