Our top tips for the big winners at the 2015 Oscars

This weekend, Hollywood's famous Dolby Theatre hosts the 87th Academy Awards for the finest films of the last year to be recognised with a little golden statue.

Here are the stars and films that we think will be leaving with an armful of 13-and-a-half-inch statues this Sunday.

 

Boyhood

The imaginative concept of filming the same cast, including a six-year-old, over the course of 11 years has excited and astounded critics and cinema goers alike.

With a few Golden Globes in its possession, the film scored big at the BAFTAS earlier this month, with Best Film and Best Director for Richard Linklater.

Going up against tough competitoon, Boyhood is going to pull off quite the feat to repeat it's success across the pond, but the chances are that it can do it.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

The British actor's star is shining brighter than most in Hollywood at the moment thanks to his masterful performance as Alan Turing, Nazi Enigma code cracker in WWII in The Imitation Game.

Co-star Keira Knightley has already proclaimed that he deserves the Oscar, but having been beaten to numerous Best Actor awards by fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne for his performance as Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will the extravagantly-named Brit will buck the trend and win the big one?

 

Birdman

Michael Keaton dazzled as a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role, backed up by a talented and impressive cast.

Supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone received both Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations, as well as lead actor and director BAFTA noms for Keaton and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Birdman picked up an Outstanding Cast Performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Best Cinematography BAFTA (the only one of its 10 nominations to win).

With nine nominations, it has the joint-highest nominations (with The Grand Budapest Hotel) for this year's awards, and we expect will finally bag more than a solitary statuette.

 

Julianne Moore

Already boasting a hatful of best actress awards, including a BAFTA, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

This is Julianne's fifth time as an Oscar nominee, including two Best Actress nods for The End of the Affair (which she lost to Hilary Swank) and Far From Heaven (which she lost to Nicole Kidman).

She's played down the film's success for her widely-praised performance in Still Alice, and it's her strongest and best chance of bagging that elusive Oscar.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's masterpiece has blown away all that stands in front of it and now is going into the Oscars alongside Birdman with the joint-highest nominations.

Set in a hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrovka about a concierge (played by Ralph Fiennes) who must prove his innocence after being framed for murder.

Anderson's mantelpiece is already straining under the weight of the awards that he's already won, including five BAFTAs, three Critics' Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and a Grammy.

It's almost a certainty that he'll have to make space for a couple of Oscar statues too.

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