Centennial Picks Best Picture

Sixty four students and staff members were asked out of the nominees for best picture “Which one did they think deserved the Oscar?” We tallied their answers and have compiled them into a table.

Here were the choices and brief summaries each participant received:

American Sniper: Directed by Clint Eastwood, Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller. Chronicling the life of American Navy Seal veteran who went on 4 tours of Iraq.

Interstellar: Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. A science fiction film about a drought ridden earth and a farmer(McConaughey) who leaves on a space adventure in an effort to save the future of the planet.

Boyhood: Directed by Richard Linklater, Starring: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane. Pegged a cinematic masterpiece already for it’s premise. Following each actor two weeks a year for 12 years.

Birdman: Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifanakis. A once popular action film star(Keaton) is attempting to save his career on Broadway, darkly comic situations ensue, as Keaton repeatedly throws his career on the line for his lackluster play.

Whiplash: Directed by Damien Chazelle, Starring: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Andrew(Teller) a first year music student finds his way into the top jazz ensemble with insane conductor Terence Fletcher(Simmons). Fletcher pushes Andrew to his breaking point.

The Theory of Everything: Directed by James Marsh, Starring: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. This lovely film chronicles a majority of Stephen Hawking’s life from his days as a university student to his commercial success as a physicist.

Selma: Directed by: Ava DuVernay, Starring: David Oyelowo, and Oprah Winfrey. Selma is a biopic that tells the story of the civil rights marches, and backlash that took place in Selma, Alabama.

The Imitation Game: Directed by: Morten Tyldum, Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley. In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes

Grand Budapest Hotel: Directed by: Wes Anderson, Starring: Ralph Finnes, Jude Law. A story of a momentous European hotel, the concierge who runs it(Ralph Finnes) and his faithful lobby boy. The two must prove themselves innocent to claim a large fortune, and save the hotel.


Best Picture Nominees                                      Student/Staff Picks

American Sniper 40
Interstellar 10
Birdman 1
Whiplash 1
The Theory Of Everything 4
Selma 3
The Imitation Game 2
Grand Budapest Hotel 2

And the winner by a landslide is Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper!

Let us know what you think deserves the Academy Award for best picture in the comments below.