While the lingering notion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma not getting its just due still remains, all hope isn’t lost for the acclaimed film and the rest of the 2015 Best Picture nominees to collectively make history together.
It hasn’t happened in the five years since the Academy expanded the category from five to 10 nominees; the closest was 2013, when “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was the only one of the nine nominees not to collect hardware on Oscar night.
And it never happened between 1931 and 1943, when the Best Picture category ranged from eight to 12 nominees.
Adapted Screenplay is considered the best shot at a win for “The Imitation Game” on Sunday, though its eight nominations give it quite a few other chances as well.
And the other seven nominees all have categories in which they are considered favorites.
“American Sniper,” a dark-horse contender for picture, is a frontrunner in Sound Editing and maybe Sound Mixing as well.
“Birdman” is favored to win Best Picture, maybe Best Director and almost certainly Cinematography.
“Boyhood,” a strong Best Picture and director candidate, is a prohibitive favorite for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Best Editing (Sandra Adair).
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” could easily go home as the night’s biggest winner, picking up victories in Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Original Score, among others.
“Selma” will likely win Best Original Song, the only category besides Best Picture in which it is nominated.
“The Theory of Everything” has a Best Actor favorite in Eddie Redmayne — and even if he loses to Michael Keaton — also a strong shot in Best Original Score.
And “Whiplash” is sure to see J.K. Simmons win Supporting Actor, with another trophy or two (Sound Mixing? Adapted Screenplay?) a distinct possibility.
Get a look at the video for the aforementioned Best Original Song candidate titled “Glory” here.
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