The Nominees: Bradley Cooper (AMERICAN SNIPER), Steve Carrell (FOXCATCHER), Benedict Cumberbatch (THE IMITATION GAME), Michael Keaton (BIRDMAN), Eddie Redmayne (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING)
Will Win: Michael Keaton
Hollywood loves a redemption story and Keaton’s career resuscitation with BIRDMAN was a perfect case of one. Keaton gave a great performance and he is deserving of the win.
Should Win: Michael Keaton
See above; it all stands especially since the actual best performance of the year didn’t even get nominated.
Got Robbed: Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER)
Jake Gyllenhaal was mesmerizing, unnerving and just plain amazing in NIGHTCRAWLER. The fact that he didn’t get a nomination is one of the biggest mistakes the Oscars have made in years. If he were nominated he would definitely be the odds on favorite to win because he was just that good.