The Oscar ballot, with predictions in each category

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And the
Oscar goes to … ? Here are our early predictions for every category
for the 87th Academy Awards. And do check back online at latimes.com/envelope for any updates as the final date approaches. The perfect Oscar pool is always a work in progress.

FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2015

BEST PICTURE

“American Sniper”

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Selma”

“The Theory of Everything”

“Whiplash”

And the winner is: “Birdman.” Its Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards give it a momentum that will be hard for another movie to overcome.

DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

And the winner is: Iñárritu. Tight race goes to the Directors Guild of America winner.

LEAD ACTOR

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

And the winner is: Redmayne. Keaton could prevail, but tough to pick against the history of the Screen Actors Guild winner taking this Oscar.

LEAD ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

And the winner is: Moore wins her first Oscar on nomination No. 5.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

And the winner is: Simmons. Good job!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

And the winner is: Arquette for investing a dozen years and so much of herself into “Boyhood.”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“American Sniper,” Jason Hall

“The Imitation Game,” Graham Moore

“Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Theory of Everything,” Anthony McCarten

“Whiplash,” Damien Chazelle

And the winner is: This will likely be the one Oscar going to “The Imitation Game,” though the popular “Whiplash” could surprise.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo

“Boyhood,” Richard Linklater

“Foxcatcher,” E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson; story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

“Nightcrawler,” Dan Gilroy

And the winner is: Give the edge to “Budapest” over “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” Anderson wins his first Oscar.

OSCARS 2015: Complete list | Ballot | Cheat Sheet | Top nominees | Presenters | Timeline

ANIMATED FEATURE

“Big Hero 6”

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

And the winner is: “Dragon 2” has the momentum and is viewed as more of an artistic achievement than its commercial competitors.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Birdman,” Emmanuel Lubezki

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Robert Yeoman

“Ida,” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

“Mr. Turner,” Dick Pope

“Unbroken,” Roger Deakins

And the winner is: Lubezki makes it back-to-back wins after taking his long-delayed first Oscar last year for “Gravity.”

COSTUME DESIGN

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero

“Inherent Vice,” Mark Bridges

“Into the Woods,” Colleen Atwood

“Maleficent,” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive

“Mr. Turner,” Jacqueline Durran

And the winner is: “Grand Budapest” for the vibrant, parallel world displayed in Canonero’s costumes.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“Citizenfour”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt of the Earth”

“Virunga”

And the winner is: “Citizenfour” has a tremendous advantage in terms of awareness. Netflix’s “Virunga” could surprise.

EDITING

“American Sniper,” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach

“Boyhood,” Sandra Adair

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Barney Pilling

“The Imitation Game,” William Goldenberg

“Whiplash,” Tom Cross

And the winner is: “Boyhood.” Shaping a dozen years into a 166-minute movie more than earns this Oscar.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FEATURE

“Ida”

“Leviathan”

“Tangerines”

“Timbuktu”

 – LA Times

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