There's a problem though; American Sniper won't win Best Picture. Part of the reason is that it's up against Boyhood (a gimmicky film shot over 12 years that Hollywood has already anointed) and Birdman (my pick for Best Picture, and probably one of the most original films I've watched in years), but that's not it. The problem is that the Academy already declared The Hurt Locker it's "Iraq War movie" five years ago when it defeated Avatar for Best Picture in 2009. Despite being inferior in many ways, The Hurt Locker was the first movie to really take a look at the second Gulf War, and as a it result it was sent right to the top of the list. American Sniper is better in pretty much every way, but we can't have too many movies about the same thing winning Hollywood's top prize. Had they simply waited, they could have had what was best, rather than what was first. As happens so often (like when trying to find a parking space), people jump at the first chance they get, rather than waiting to see what potentially superior options are out there.
But enough talking...go see American Sniper! Or any of the Best Picture nominees. I'm still waiting Whiplash to finish my list, and then I'll put the final predictions together.