Oscars predictions: Glenn Whipp’s picks
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Oscars predictions for 2015: Glenn Whipp’s picks

Oscars predictions: Glenn Whipp’s picks
Our awards columnist Glenn Whipp makes his best guess on the winners of each category for the 87th Academy Awards. (Fox Searchlight / Disney)
Best picture | ‘Birdman’
“Birdman.” Its Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards give it a momentum that will be hard for another movie to overcome. (Atsushi Nishijima / Fox Searchlight)
Director | Alejandro G. Inarritu, ‘Birdman’
Iñárritu. Tight race goes to the Directors Guild of America winner. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lead actor | Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Theory of Everything’
Redmayne. Michael Keaton could prevail, but tough to pick against the history of the Screen Actors Guild winner taking this Oscar. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Lead actress | Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’
Moore wins her first Oscar on nomination No. 5. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Supporting actor | J.K. Simmons, ‘Whiplash’
Simmons. Good job! (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Supporting actress | Patricia Arquette, ‘Boyhood’
Arquette for investing a dozen years and so much of herself into “Boyhood.” (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Adapted screenplay | ‘The Imitation Game’
This will likely be the one Oscar going to “The Imitation Game,” though the popular “Whiplash” could surprise. (Jack English / The Weinstein Company)
Original screenplay | ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Give the edge to “Budapest” over “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” Wes Anderson wins his first Oscar. (Martin Scali / Fox Searchlight)
Animated feature | ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2'
“Dragon 2" has the momentum and is viewed as more of an artistic achievement than its commercial competitors. (DreamWorks Animation)
Cinematography | ‘Birdman’
Emmanuel Lubezki makes it back-to-back wins after taking his long-delayed first Oscar last year for “Gravity.” (Alison Rosa / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Costume design | ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
“Grand Budapest” for the vibrant, parallel world displayed in Milena Canonero’s costumes. (Martin Scali / Fox Searchlight)
Documentary feature | ‘Citizenfour’
“Citizenfour” has a tremendous advantage in terms of awareness. Netflix’s “Virunga” could surprise. (Radius TWC)
Editing | ‘Boyhood’
“Boyhood.” Shaping a dozen years into a 166-minute movie more than earns this Oscar. (IFC Films)
Foreign-language feature | ‘Ida’
“Ida’s” economical running time and cinematography nomination give it the advantage over “Leviathan.” (Music Box Films)
Makeup and hairstyling | ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Best picture nominees usually win here. Say “Budapest” by a nose. (Fox Searchlight)
Original song | ‘Glory,’ from ‘Selma’
The academy won’t miss the chance to honor “Selma” and the urgent majesty of this song. (Atsushi Nishijima / Paramount Pictures)
Original score | ‘The Theory of Everything’
Prominence of lush score in “Theory” gives it slight edge over “Budapest.” (Liam Daniel / Focus Features)
Production design | ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
And it’s about time a Wes Anderson movie won this category. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Sound editing | ‘American Sniper’
“Sniper’s” popularity steamrolls team to deserved victory. (Keith Bernstein / Warner Bros.)
Sound mixing | ‘American Sniper’
Another chance to reward “American Sniper.” (Warner Bros.)
Visual effects | ‘Interstellar’
Flawed film, but the effects were spectacular. And scientific! (Paramount Pictures)
Animated short film | ‘Feast’
Disney’s dog-centric “Feast” is the obvious choice. Then again, most thought the studio’s “Get a Horse” was a slam-dunk last year and it lost. (Disney)
Documentary short film | ‘Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1'
HBO’s “Crisis Hotline” provides a tense, topical look at the day-to-day operations of a suicide-prevention switchboard aimed at veterans. (HBO)
Live-action short film | ‘The Phone Call’
“The Phone Call” is an acting showcase for Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, playing, respectively, a crisis hotline counselor and a suicidal caller.  (Handout)