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The Oscars 2015

Live Stream, Nominations, Predictions, Date, Tickets

Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, 22 February

Hollywood Oscars ceremony awards

Well this is the big one. The undisputed heavyweight champion of all of the Hollywood movie awards ceremonies, and without doubt the one they all want to win. Many newer awards have been introduced over the years, but the Oscar, presented each year since 1929, remains the most prestigious and the most coveted.

The Oscar, of which this year will be the 86th incarnation (and they always seem to be a little more dramatic when hitting a round number! are actually officially called the Academy Awards, named for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that presents them, but they are far more commonly known for the name of the statuette they actually present as the award, although the exact reasoning behind the naming of the statue is actually still contested!)

This year the main evens is being held at the Dolby Theatre, which may confuse some thinking this represents a switch to a new venue, but this is in fact just the Kodak Theatre that has been hosting the ceremony for several years (since its opening in 2001 to be precise) rebranded with a new name.

It may seem somewhat optimistic to include the Oscars on our bucket list of things to do and places we would love to go as tickets for the actual event are notoriously difficult to get your hands on (short of actually getting yourself nominated of course, which is probably just a little beyond our limited capabilities...) but there are a few ways for mere mortals to get a taste of the action. Interested? Read on...

One method is to apply to be a seat filler - you need to keep an eye on the official site (see link further down the page) for when the application process starts (usually pre-September the year before) and put in an application. It is of course a very competitive process, but someone has to get in there so its worth a try. A second option is to register for bleacher seats to watch the red carpet - again you'll need to keep an eye on the official site for details and submit an application. The seats are awarded through a random lottery and there will be a lot more applicants than seats, but you never know your luck!

Nominations and Predictions

The full Oscars 2015 Nominations list is below. Our Predictions in each category are denoted in italics:

Best picture
 
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
 
Best director
 
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
 
Best actor
 
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
 
Best actress
 
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
 
Best supporting actor
 
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash
 
Best supporting actress
 
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
 
Best adapted screenplay
 
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
 
Whiplash
 
Best original screenplay
 
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
 
Best animated feature
 
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
 
Best animated short
 
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
 
Best cinematography
 
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr Turner
Unbroken
 
Best costume design
 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr Turner
 
Best documentary feature
 
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga
 
Best documentary short
 
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth
 
Best film editing
 
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash
 
Best foreign language film
 
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)
 
Best live action short
 
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)
Parvaneh
The Phone Call
Best make-up & hairstyling
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
 
Best music
 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything
 
Best production design
 
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
 
Best song
 
'Everything is Awesome', The Lego Movie
'Glory', Selma
'Grateful', Beyond the Lights
'I'm Not Gonna Miss You', Glen Campbell, I'll Be Me
'Lost Stars', Begin Again
 
Best sound editing
 
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken
 
Best sound mixing
 
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash
 
Best visual effects
 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Live Streaming

The Oscars appears to still be one of the few remaining major awards to not provide a live online streaming option, so for US viewers it looks like you'll still need to get to a TV to watch - ABC are the channel showing it again this year.

There are some options for international viewers though. In Canada, live streaming coverage is being provided by CTV - watch online here:

Oscars Live Stream Canada

In the UK there will be live coverage of the ceremony provided by a dedicated Sky Movies Oscars channel - you will need a subscription but there is an online option

In Australia, Channel 9 have the live broadcast rights

There will as usual be a live stream of the red carpet provided so you can watch the stars as they arrive for the ceremony:

Oscars Red Carpet Live

There is also extensive coverage of Academy Awards ceremonies past and present via their official Youtube channel:

Academy Awards on Youtube

Hotels and Accommodation

If you're in Hollywood or wider LA for the awards then there is a huge selection of places to stay. You can search for hotels, check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.

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