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Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Oscar Nominations

I will start this off by saying I'm not too happy with these nominations. I think the Academy made quite a few mistakes this year and I'm not that excited.
Now that I got that out, here are the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards. They were announced this morning and gave frontrunner status to both Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel as they each gained 9 nominations. Tune in on February 22nd to see Neil Patrick Harris host the 87th annual event in Los Angeles.

Best Picture

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum  - The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Steve Carrell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
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
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Jason Hall - American Sniper
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Documentary Feature

Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Original Score 

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Johan Johannsson - The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song

"Lost Stars" - Begin Again
"Grateful" - Beyond the Lights
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
"Everything is Awesome" - The Lego Movie
"Glory" - Selma

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Cinematography

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner

Best Film Editing

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Best Animated Short

The Bigger Picture
The Damn Keeper
Me and My Moulton
Single Life

Best Live-Action Short

Boogalo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Documentary Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Now let's discuss some of these snubs...
First of all, I don't know what the Academy had against David Fincher this year, but they omitted Gone Girl from quite a few categories it belongs in. I would have nominated it for Best Picture as well as nominating Gillian Flynn for Best Adapted Screenplay and Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for Best Original Score. They won a statue for their Social Network score and the score for Gone Girl is even better. I don't understand it at all.
Moving onto probably the biggest shock is The Lego Movie not being nominated for Best Animated Feature. There is no rhyme or reason to why this was omitted from the category. The animation was seamless, different, and very well put together. The movie itself had a great plot, great writing, and the voice cast was spot on. Big mistake.
I don't personally have much to say on this one because I haven't seen Nightcrawler, but most people out there are upset that Jake Gyllenhaal was not nominated for Best Actor. Some are upset over David Oyelowo not being nominated for Selma, too.

I also will acknowledge a lot of Oscar predictions people had were incorrect. The Fault in Our Stars got absolutely no recognition and many thought it would get Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress (Shailene Woodley). Other predictions that didn't pan out included Jennifer Anniston for Best Actress in Cake, Kristen Stewart for Supporting Actress in Still Alice, Nightcrawler gaining more nominations than it did, Selma gaining more nominations than it did, and Big Eyes being nominated for anything.

Not excited about this year at all.

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