2015 has been one of the highest calibre award seasons yet, and with no obvious stand-out feature to name, it makes the forthcoming Academy Awards very difficult to predict.

Boyhood and Birdman are set to go head-to-head for most of the night, with the likes of The Theory of EverythingThe Imitation Game, Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel close behind.

While Julianne Moore looks set to score the Best Actress gong for Still Alice, the leading man category is not so easy to foresee, with Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne in a two horse race for Best Actor.

Who will win, you ask? Here are my personal picks & predictions for the night…

BEST PICTURE:

American Sniper
Birdman – tough call, but I hope its ingenuity and crude charm will win out!
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR:

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman – A career-best performance. Welcome back Keaton!
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS:

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alicea mature and moving role for a yet-to-win-an-Oscar Moore!
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons, Whiplash – he completely dominates the film, truly terrifying!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – mumsy but strong. A dedicated performance!
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Birdman – shot like one, continuous take. Genius!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

BEST DIRECTOR:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – my personal favourite but…
Richard Linklater, Boyhood – 12 years a slave, more like it!
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Boyhood
Birdman – four Mexicans and the wittiest script ever!
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

American Sniper
The Imitation Game – a fascinating story brought to life with great honour and sensitivity!
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Ida, Poland – the emotional tale of a Jewish woman’s quest to uncover her Nazi tarnished past!
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines, Estonia
Timbuktu, Mauritania
Wild Tales, Argentina

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

FoxcatcherSteve Carell’s nose is incredible!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – quirky and kooky to complement the film!
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – colour coordination on steroids!
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Citizenfour – National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden shares his story!
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
Salt of the Earth
Virunga

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – A HBO look into the traumas experienced by American veterans!
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

BEST FILM EDITING:

American Sniper
Boyhood – a lot of footage put together seamlessly!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls – ugly, boxy buddies we all wish we had!
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
“Glory,” Selma – moving, powerful, goosebumps inducing lyrics & music!

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – a quaint little world of pure imagination!
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast – puppies are the best!
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

BEST LIVE-ACION SHORT FILM:

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham – little British kids and chickens. Nuff said!
Butter Lamp
Paraveneh
The Phone Call

BEST SOUND EDITING:

American Sniper
Birdman – a raw and spontaneous drum score that lifts every scene it underscores!
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

BEST SOUND MIXING:

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash – drum roll please…

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar – space SFX are always a winner!
X-Men: Days of Future Past

The 87th Academy Awards will be presented on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

The ceremony will be broadcast during the day in Australia on Monday, February 23.

And to get you in the mood, here’s an awesome video by hilarious cinephiles, the Screen Junkies, dedicated to the many talented nominees at this year’s Oscars. Enjoy!