Oscar Contest!

Predict the 2015 Oscar Winners

Monarchs (students, faculty, and staff) are invited to play for a chance to win an Oscar-winning DVD.

Step 1: Make predictions by selecting a nominee for each category.

Step 2: Send a list of your picks to valleystarvle@gmail.com (Submissions after February 21 will not be considered.)

Step 3: Check the Valley Star’s first publication on February 25 to see if you’re one of the three winners. (Ties will be resolved in a trivia-off.)

Nominees for the 87th Academy Awards:


– Selma
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ACTOR –in a leading role

  • Steve Carell

  • Bradley Cooper
       American Sniper

  • Benedict Cumberbatch
       The Imitation Game

  • Michael Keaton
       Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

  • Eddie Redmayne
       The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS –in a leading role

  • Marion Cotillard
    Two Days, One Night

  • Felicity Jones
    The Theory of Everything

  • Julianne Moore
    Still Alice

  • Rosamund Pike
     Gone Girl

  • Reese Witherspoon

ACTOR –in a supporting role

  • Robert Duvall
     The Judge

  • Ethan Hawke

  • Edward Norton
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

  • Mark Ruffalo

  • J.K. Simmons

ACTRESS –in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette

  • Laura Dern

  • Keira Knightley
    The Imitation Game

  • Emma Stone
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

  • Meryl Streep
    Into the Woods


  • Big Hero 6
    Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

  • The Boxtrolls
    Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
     Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

  • Song of the Sea
     Tomm Moore and Paul Young

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
    Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura


  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Emmanuel Lubezki

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Robert Yeoman

  • Ida
    Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

  • Mr. Turner
     Dick Pope

  • Unbroken
    Roger Deakins


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Milena Canonero

  • Inherent Vice
    Mark Bridges

  • Into the Woods
    Colleen Atwood

  • Maleficent
    Anna B. Sheppard

  • Mr. Turner
    Jacqueline Durran


  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu

  • Boyhood
     Richard Linklater

  • Foxcatcher
    Bennett Miller

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Wes Anderson

  • The Imitation Game
    Morten Tyldum


  • CitizenFour
    Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

  • Finding Vivian Maier
    John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

  • Last Days in Vietnam
    Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

  • The Salt of the Earth
    Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

  • Virunga
    Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara


  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
    Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

  • Joanna
    Aneta Kopacz

  • Our Curse
    Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki

  • The Reaper (La Parka)
    Gabriel Serra Arguello

  • White Earth
    J. Christian Jensen


  • 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


  • Ida
    Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

  • Leviathan
    Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

  • Tangerines
    Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze

  • Timbuktu
    Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

  • Wild Tales
    Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron


  • Foxcatcher
    Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

MUSIC –Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Alexandre Desplat

  • The Imitation Game
    Alexandre Desplat

  • Interstellar
    Hans Zimmer

  • Mr. Turner
    Gary Yershon

  • The Theory of Everything
    Jóhann Jóhannsson

MUSIC –Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from THE LEGO MOVIE
    Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

  • “Glory” from SELMA
    Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

  • “Grateful” from BEYOND THE LIGHTS
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME
    Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

  • “Lost Stars” from BEGIN AGAIN
    Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

  • The Imitation Game
    Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration)

  • Interstellar
    Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration)

  • Into the Woods
    Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

  • Mr. Turner
    Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration)

SHORT FILM –Animated

  • The Bigger Picture
    Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees

  • The Dam Keeper
    Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

  • Feast
     Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

  • Me and My Moulton
    Torill Kove

  • A Single Life
    Joris Oprins

SHORT FILM –Live Action

  • Aya
    Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

  • Boogaloo and Graham
    Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
    Hu Wei and Julien Féret

  • Parvaneh
    Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger

  • The Phone Call
    Mat Kirkby and James Lucas


  • American Sniper
    Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Brent Burge and Jason Canovas

  • Interstellar
    Richard King

  • Unbroken
    Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro


  • American Sniper
     John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga

  • Interstellar
    Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten

  • Unbroken
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

  • Whiplash
    Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley


  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

  • Interstellar
    Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

WRITING –Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper
    Written by Jason Hall

  • The Imitation Game
    Written by Graham Moore

  • Inherent Vice
    Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

  • The Theory of Everything
    Screenplay by Anthony McCarten

  • Whiplash
    Written by Damien Chazelle

WRITING –Original Screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. &
    Armando Bo

  • Boyhood
    Written by Richard Linklater

  • Foxcatcher
    Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

– Nightcrawler
Written by Dan Gilroy

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