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Can’t-Miss Oscar Predictions: “And The Oscar Goes To…”

When it comes to Oscar predictions this year, American Sniper could really have a strong showing.

It’s that time again—Oscar predictions!

Now that the Golden Globes shockers are behind us, it’s time to focus on the grand finale of awards show season: the Oscars. Airing February 22, the most revered evening in Hollywood will be hosted by the dashing and ridiculously talented Neil Patrick Harris and show off the very top A-listers (minus the snubbed Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie) in their glittering finest.

So what should we expect? Here are our Top 3 sure-fire predictions:

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Prediction 1: Birdman will beat out Boyhood for Best Picture. A lot of viewers at home, especially the ones who didn’t watch the Golden Globes, will be confused. Boyhood is a fan favorite, a wonderfully poignant movie with a great cast and an absolutely remarkable undertaking to begin with. But Birdman has the slight edge thanks to the exact insider baseball that will leave viewers scratching their heads. You had to have a very, very deep knowledge of movie industry to “get” all of the nuances of that film—something Academy voters love.

Prediction 2: Julianne Moore will take home her first Oscar (she’s been nominated five times) for Best Actress for Still Alice. She’s got strong competition in Rosamund Pike from Gone Girl and Reese Witherspoon who communed with nature in Wild. But I have a hunch that this is my girl Julianne’s year.

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Prediction 3: Bradley Cooper leaves his silly Hangover reputation behind him and goes home with the win for Best Actor for American Sniper. It’s an especially strong category, so it really is anybody’s game. Even some of those who don’t get Birdman will be rooting for Michael Keeton as the Comeback Kid, plus there’s Steve Carell in his first dramatic role and popular Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. But the Oscar voters seem to be rooting for American Sniper (with six nominations), enamored by the tale of the deadliest marksman in US history and especially impressed by Cooper’s betrayal of him.

What are your predictions? Save some popcorn for me!

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