The 87th Academy Awards take place on 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The stars will be out in full force for the ceremony, but which actors will end up taking home the famous golden statuette?

IBTimes UK film critics Alfred Joyner and Ben Skipper pore over the Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories, before giving their verdict on who will win and who should win.

The nominations in the acting categories are:

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
JK Simmons - Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone - Birdman
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Laura Dern - Wild
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game