It’s an Academy Awards race to the finish. The 87th annual ceremony will showcase the best in film, and hopefully in footwear too. Here, the industry casts their votes.
Best Picture: “’Boyhood’ because it is real story and its beautifully made.”
Best Actress: “Julianne Moore because she is a fabulous actress and looks good in anything!”
Best Actor: “Benedict Cumberbatch because he is a wonderful actor.”
Best Picture: “Theory of Everything. “How fortunate we are to have an Einstein in our generation and to have his story brought to us so eloquently.”
Best Actress: Julianne Moore. “I began to feel empathy for Julianne not for Alice; as she played her part so realistically.”
Rick Blackshaw, President, Sperry
Best Picture: “‘Boyhood’ was great. It was cool because there aren’t really movies that span 12 years of the actors’ lives. So that as a device was pretty awesome. [But I have to admit], it was a little bit slow moving. We also saw ‘American Sniper.’ That was pretty intense. The [nominations] really run the gamut, because you also have ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ which is so different. I absolutely love Wes Anderson.”
Beth Cross, President and CEO, Ariat International
Best Picture: “The Imitation Game.” “I’m a fan of Neal Stephenson, who wrote a book called The Diamond Age, which is about the Turing machine. It was great introduction to the history of the code breakers.”
Best Actress: Felicity Jones. “I enjoyed how she added depth to a character that could easily have been one dimensional as the supportive (but invisible) wife.”
Best Actor: Michael Keaton. “[It takes] real courage to play an aging actor with a story line that could be considered autobiographical.”
James Sowins, Creative and Brand Director, Dr. Scholl’s
Best Picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson brilliantly told tale, with sublime acting, art direction and story telling.
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Acting reminiscent of Daniel Day Lewis, he becomes the character and takes you a spellbinding journey.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore. “I believe the most gifted actress in Hollywood, in her most challenging role; delivers a powerful performance.”