"Whiplash"
"Whiplash"
ndiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Even if it's a little boring, it's hard to argue against J.K. Simmons getting this moment in the mainstream spotlight thanks to his clean sweep of every Best Supporting Actor trophy out there. It would be pretty shocking if he didn't top off that off with an Oscar, though there is a tiny outside chance Edward Norton could spoil.

Our prediction below. Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Will Win: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Could Win: Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Should Win: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Shoulda Been Here: Josh Brolin, "Inherent Vice"

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