2015 Oscar Nominations

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So, we’re here again on another early morning. All week long, cinephiles have been updating predictions and felt fairly confident about their choices. Like every year, there were surprises. However, this year’s surprises seemed excessive, unnecessary, and undeserving.

Selma, a film that’s neither pro-black nor anti-white as others would argue against, comes away with only a song and best picture nod. This comes at the expense of Ava DuVernay‘s masterful direction and David Oyelowo‘s second-to-none acting. The film is absolutely moving and a testament to history and storytelling with a black female director making one of the year’s best films. Insanely talented Cinematographer Bradford Young  (who’s also black) also missed for both Selma and A Most Violent Year, to of the best-looking films of the year. But it’s fine, let’s only give them two nods. Not like they deserved anymore than that *rolls eyes*.

Other notable snubs include Jessica Chastain in the category of Best Supporting Actress, who gives one of her best and the year’s best performances in A Most Violent Year. Instead, Laura Dern gets in for her 20 minutes in Wild where she plays an overly happy mother. In all honesty, Dern plays a better mother in The Fault In Our Stars. Meryl Streep was also nominated for Into the Woods for whatever reason. She’s fine, but she doesn’t need another nomination for this.

Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave arguably the year’s best performance in Nightcrawler is also snubbed and replaced with Bradley Cooper (who has now been nominated 3 years in a row) and Steve Carell. While I’m happy for Carell, his and Cooper’s performances are not on the level of Oyelowo and Gyllenhaal. Jeniffer Aniston missing for Best Actress is supposedly a snub, but she wasn’t all that impressive in Cake. Although, Bennet Miller‘s best director nomination comes without a Best Picture nomination for Foxcatcher, oddly enough. Who can forget Robert Duvall‘s nomination for doing next-to-nothing in The Judge? Old white men’s club loved him and American Sniper, which racked up an overwhelming amount of nods.

THE LEGO MOVIE DIDN’T GET A F*CKING NOMINATION! WHAT WORLD DO WE LIVE IN? Sorry, but honestly? One of the most original films in years that satisfies on every level doesn’t get in? This killed me and everyone else who saw this film. Also nearly left out is Gone Girl, missing for Director David Fincher and Adapted Screenplay for Gillian Flynn. An incredible movie that came up short, unfortunately. Also unfortunate is the fact that Life Itself, one of the most praised documentaries of the year, missed in the Documentary category.

American Sniper didn’t get the Clint Eastwood nomination for Best Director that apparently some wanted, but it did take a spot in Best Picture, Best Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The film has garnered attention for its original “not so stellar” response, which turned into discussions about Hollywood hating films about war… Right… I don’t need to list the number of war films that have won and have been nominated in the past. It’s a fine film, but it doesn’t deserve all this attention with so many things missing out.

Before you read the nominees, just keep this in mind. OSCAR VOTERS ARE 94% WHITE, 77% MALE, AND HAVE A MEDIAN AGE OF 62. ALSO, BEST ACTORS WINNERS EXPERIENCE A 4 MILLION DOLLAR RAISE IN PAY, WHILE BEST ACTRESS WINNER GETS A $500,000 RAISE. With many deserving nominees, no black actors/actresses, no black director or writers, and no black cinematographer who really deserved it. The women were underrepresented, with Gillian Flynn whose nomination would have been the first female nominated in 87 years who has adapted her own work.

So, with that in mind, here is what that body of voters decided was the “best of the best” this year. Ultimately, this was a very disappointing morning. P.S. – I implore you to read this! http://stephenfollows.com/how-much-does-a-hollywood-oscar-campaign-cost/

BEST PICTURE

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

BEST ACTOR

  • Steve Carell (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)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

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

FILM EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
  • Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
  • Tom Cross (Whiplash)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
  • Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida)
  • Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
  • Roger Deakins (Unbroken)

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
  • Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
  • Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)

ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” from Selma
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

SOUND MIXING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

SOUND EDITING

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

VISUAL EFFECTS

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

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
  • Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
  • Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
  • Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)

PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Tangerines
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • Crisis Veterans Hotline: Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • Single Life

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  1. Aya
  2. Boogaloo and Graham
  3. Butterfly Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
  4. Parvaneh
  5. The Phone Call

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