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Sunny Grewal’s special Oscar prediction column

Sunny Grewal’s special Oscar prediction column

February 22 2015

IT’S SUNNY’S one-year anniversary column and just as he started for us, he’s put his neck on the line and given us his predictions for the big night, as well as his own preferences and insights.

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Over to Sunny…

The Award season is upon us – and none is more special than the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday (February 22).

I am quite excited and will be wearing my tuxedo in front of the TV with Shay and munching on my cheese toasties…hoping that my predictions come true. I only got one wrong last year…so here I am again, I’m only giving my predictions for the main awards – the awards everyone is interested in.

Best Picture

Nominations: “American Sniper”, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”, “The Imitation Game”, “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash”.

I would like “Selma” to win it but I think “Boyhood” is going to take it. It’s been 12 years in the making, it’s the first time it’s been done like this (the same actors play themselves over an actual period of 12 years).
It should be recognised, it is a really good film about everyday life. Amazing – that you watch a film in which a boy grows into a young man condensed into less than 3 hours. I think it is going to win. It’s a brilliant movie if you haven’t already seen it.

Sunny Oscar prediction: “BoyhoodTrailer
What I want to win: “Selma

Best Actor

Nominations: Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game”, Michael Keaton (“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), Eddie Redmyane (“The Theory of Everything

We are represented by Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game” (about the late war hero and scientist Alan Turing) and Eddie Redmayne (who plays the scientist Stephen Hawking, now confined to a wheelchair because of motor neurone disease) in “The Theory of Everything”.
I think the Academy loves it when you do a film about disability – remember “My Best Left Foot” won the Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis – and Eddie is going to win this. Everyone nominated in this category this year deserves an Oscar.

Sunny Oscar prediction: Eddie Redmayne
Who I want to win: Eddie Redmayne

The Theory of EverythingTrailer

Best Actress in a leading role

Nominations: Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”)

There is only one outstanding performance and that is Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”. She is an amazing actress and this is a fantastic role.
Rosamund Pike has also been nominated also for “Gone Girl”. Another Brit, Felicity Jones, who plays the wife of scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” is another nominee. Out of those two, I think Rosamund Pike did an amazing job, as the wife from hell. She was brilliant but Julianne Moore is going to take this award.

Sunny Oscar prediction: Julianne Moore
Who I want to win: Julianne Moore

Still AliceTrailer

Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominations: Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Edward Norton (“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”), JK Simmons (“Whiplash”)

Hands down for me it is JK Simmons in “Whiplash”. It is a small independent film about a drummer and his teacher and their relationship. When you see him, you know him from many films. In this film he really stands out – he fills the screen and he is amazing. I want him to win and I think he should win. The competition is tough – you have Robert Duvall in “The Judge” and Ed Norton in “Bird Man” – these are the two who are in the running and they are in films I enjoyed, but with JK Simmons you straightaway think, “OMG, I didn’t know you could do that”. He is relentless in it and he is really good.

Sunny Oscar prediction: JK Simmons
Who I want to win: JK Simmons


Best Actress Supporting Role
Nomination: Particia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Laura Dern (“Wild”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Emma Stone (“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), Meryl Streep “Into the Woods”)

I think Patricia Arquette is going to get it – I am going to go with her on this one. There were no really big performances in this category – it wasn’t like OMG, that is amazing. They are all quite subtle performances and you just have to fall in love with the characters.
It’s a bit sad saying this, but Meryl Streep should not even be in this nomination this year because her performance is quite ‘hammy’ and not one of her best works. I bet Patricia Arquette is going to win; representing the Brits is Keira Knightley, I don’t think it’s worthy of an Oscar. Emma Stone in “Bird Man” is another good performance. Those two really stick out among the nominations but Patricia Arquette is going to get it.

Sunny Oscar prediction: Patricia Arquette
Who I want to win: Patricia Arquette


Nominations: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”), Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”)

I think because “Boyhood” is going to win Best Film, I think “Birdman” is probably going to get this for Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Or it could be “Boyhood” again. No, I think “Boyhood” is such a massive achievement. Richard Linklater is going to get this as well, but if not him then Iñárritu.

Sunny Oscar prediction: Richard Linklater
Who I want to win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu


Best Animated Feature Film

Nominations: “Big Hero 6”, “The Boxtrolls”, “How to train your dragon 2”, “Song of the Sea”, “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

You know I love my animation and I am hoping it will be “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”. This comes from Japan and is a nice warm story and it’s everything good about animation. I really did enjoy it.
We’ve also got “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, “The Boxtrolls”, “Big Hero 6”, and “Song of the Sea” – all these are worthy of an Oscar but I think the winning film is going to be “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”.

Sunny Oscar prediction: “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Who I want to win: “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Music – original song

Nominations: “Everything in Awesome” – “The Lego Movie; “Glory” – “Selma”; “Grateful – “Beyond the Lights”; “I am not gonna miss you” – “Glen Campbell…I’ll be Me”; “Lost Stars” – “Begin Again”.

Now, because my wife is a big fan of music, I am also going to predict this. I think it is going to “Glory” (music and lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn) from the film, “Selma”. Shay can’t stop raving about this song – she loves the rap by her favourite lyricist and rapper, Common and thinks that John Legend’s voice is immense in this song. If you haven’t heard this song…where have you been? It is a great!!

Sunny Oscar prediction: “Glory”
Who I want to win: “Glory
Video featuring Common

Best Cinematography

Nominations: “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.

I must say this, I really want to predict this – it should go to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Robert Yeoman – if it doesn’t win…it’s just another extra prediction and one more for me to stick my neck out on. I think the cinematography is amazing. I want to go to that hotel and stay there.

Sunny Oscar prediction: “The Grand Budapest Hotel
What I want to win: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – (Robert Yeoman)

It will be interesting to see how many Brits get Oscars and bring on the night! Thank you so much for reading the column

You can follow me live on Oscars night on Twitter, Instagram and hopefully the predictions will be right…I’ll be doing it live, so follow me and @asianculturevul.

Last year – how Sunny did

His 2014 Oscar predictions

In the UK, watch Oscars live on Sky Movie Channel on the red carpet from 11.30pm

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Do check our “As We Proceed” online comedy series on tell me what you think of the nominations I’ve talked about here on ACV.


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