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Tight Race at the Oscars

Now that the craze over Katy Perry’s “dancing left shark” during her halftime show has started to calm down, and we are slowly starting to recover from the Super Bowl (We’ll get ‘em next year Seahawks!), we can turn to the long-awaited award season.

This too is proving to be anyones game.

Best Motion Picture nominees are American Sniper,Bird man (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.  Many suggest that it will be a toss up between Birdman and Boyhood.  But who do University of Puget Sound students want to win?

For Best Motion Picture, Boyhood seems to be favored, with more than 60 percent of students polled predicting it to win.

Best Animated Feature is also a tight race, with the list including Big Hero 6,The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2,Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

The two strongest contenders are predicted to be HowTrainYourDragon2 and BigHero6.  Loggers must have a pretty good read on the entertainment industry because Best Animated Feature appears to be a toss up with UPS students as well, with roughly half in favor of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the other half predicting Pixar’s Big Hero 6 will win.

First-year student Amy Xu says How to Train Your Dragon 2 was great and one of the few movies where the sequel didn’t disappoint.

Big Hero 6 was absolutely adorable, and really had an awesome story line,” said fellow first-year Lindsey Roberts.

Since there can only be one winner though, it’s up to the Academy to break this tie.

Despite all of the hype and excitement around the nominees, some critics feel that some films were snubbed. Many feel Ava DuVernay should have also received a nod for her work directing Selma.

In fact, there were several different categories many argue Selma should have been nominated for, including Best Cinematography for Bradford Young, Best Screenplay for Paul Webb, and Best Actor for David Oyelowo.

Other snubs include Jennifer Aniston and Amy Adams for Best Actress, for their work in Cake and Big Eyes, respectively, and for  Best Actor, Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.  Perhaps one of the more infamous snubs is TheLegoMovie not receiving a nomination for Best Animated Feature.  That being said, since everything is awesome in the lego world, the movie’s directors constructed their own Oscar out of legos and posted it for the world to enjoy.

The 87th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.