That time I Lost My Oscar Pool

The Oscars are the Superbowl of events at our workplace. My colleagues and I have seen every single movie, have quoted Whiplash one to many times and have gotten into critical debates about American Sniper. So the time came around to predict the nominees on paper in every single category and here I am hoping my predictions for costume or for set design would not hurt my overall score. The morning came of the live televised nominations - and you know that they are live because no one has had their coffee yet and Dick Pope's name get's mispronounced. Our bookie for the event has been sick and we just got back our results  of the first round of nominations last week. Normally I am in the top five rank, but this year I am close to dead last, in sixth place, and the category that I excelled the most was in Best Makeup. With all of this said maybe my predictions will be wrong, but I still have some confidence in me to give my Oscar predictions and the Academy's predictions. 
Best Picture
The Academy Awards: Boyhood is the best slice of apple pie that everyone will talk you off about, and for good reason. If it gets the presidents seal of approval it is possibly already deemed an Oscar worthy winner for best picture. 
Remi Awards: Birdman. Sure it's not accessible in the means of a comprehensive film. If Boyhood shows the heart in film making, Birdman shows a prestigious achievement in great film making. 
Best Director
The Academy Awards: Richard Linklator or Alejandro González Iñárritu have shown their love for the craft of film making. I feel that it's going to be be between the both of them , and it's probably going to go to Linklater for his 12 years of dedication to filmmaking. 
Remi Awards: Seriously Academy. No love for the great first time directors of this year Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), or ever Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). Bennet Miller (Foxcatcher) is my Wildcard Pick. 
Best Actress
The Academy Awards: What's that your girl Meryl Streep is not nominated. I am in schock. Well it's about time that Julianne Moore gets some recognition, because she gave one of the best performances of the year in Still Alice and deserves this long over due award. 
Remi Awards: Wild card pick newcomer Rosamund Pike as "Amazing" Amy Dunne. 
Best Actor
The Academy Awards: This is probably going to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. 
Remi Awards: When I think of Actors that were immersed in their character this year I think of Jake Gyllenhall (Nightcrawler) or David Oyelowo (Selma) who did not receive nominations. That leaves me with my wild card pick of Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game.
Best Foreign Film
The Academy Awards: Ida or Leviathan 
Remi Awards: With Xavier Dolan getting snubbed twice for his film Mommy, I can not predict this category. I have to make a point to see Ida and Leviathan, as I have heard nothing but good things. 
Best Supporting Actor
The Academy Awards: JK Simmons
Remi Awards: JK Simmons 
Best Supporting Actress
The Academy: Meryl Streep can step out of the spotlight for this award show. Patricia Arquette 
Remi Awards: Patricia Arquette 
Best Animated Feature: 
The Academy Awards: How To Train Your Dragon 2. 
Remi Awards: Wild Card Pick Big Hero 6
Best Original Song
The Academy Awards: 'Glory' (Selma)
Remi Awards: Wild Card Pick' Lost Stars' (Begin Again)
Best Original Screenplay
The Academy Awards: Birdman 
Remi Awards: Birdman 
Best Cinematography 
The Academy Awards:  Owes Dick Pope an apology.  Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman 
Remi Awards: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Academy Awards: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
Remi Awards: Wild Card Damien Chazelle for Whiplash 
Best Original Music 
The Academy Awards: Johann Johannsson for The Theory of Everything 
Remi Awards: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: 
The Academy Awards: Interstellar 
Remi Awards: Wild Card Guardians of the Galaxy 
Best Makeup 
The Academy Awards:  The Grand Budapest Hotel (2 Nominations)
Remi Awards: The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Best Costume Design 
The Academy Awards: The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Remi Awards: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Mixing 
The Academy Awards: Birdman 
Remi Awards: Birdman 
Best Film Editing 
The Academy Awards: Boyhood 
Remi Awards: Whiplash 
- Remi Caron-Liss is a huge film buff and host of CJLO's Film show At The Movies