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Complete list of 2015 Oscar nominations

January 16th, 2015 by Derek Robertson Comments


The Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you have been keeping up to date with the awards this season, then there isn’t much as far as surprises go. However, Birdman (deservedly so), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (really?) lead the pact, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy and Nightcrawler being snubbed big time (in my humble opinion). Also, another glaringly obvious snub was Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma, with the director failing to make the best director category, which, consequently, remained a male dominant group. In the supporting actor category there is inner conflict brewing within the MCU – with two Hulks battling it out mano a mano (Edward Norton for Birdman, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher). Interestingly, it was nice to see Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and also X-Men: Days of future Past receiving nominations.

Here are the nominations folks:

The list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

(Immediate thoughts: Birdman for the win)

Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

(Immediate thoughts: Where is Jake Gyllenhaal for his engrossing performance in Nightcrawler? …Regardless of that glaring omission, Batman should fly away with this one, or is that Birdman?)

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

(Immediate thoughts: It’s nice to see the Academy offering a token nomination to Reese Witherspoon for her average performance in wild, but they do love her don’t they… Marion Cotillard should win on beauty alone, however, joking aside, Rosamund Pike deserves the win for her brilliant performance in David Fincher’s fantastic Gone Girl)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

(Immediate thought: It’s mano a mano with two of the Incredible Hulks battling it out for the best supporting role, however, this one deserves to go to the loud mouthed newspaper editor who hates Spider-Man J Jonah Jameson a.k.a. J.K. Simmons for his equally loud mouthed role in Whiplash)

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

(Immediate thoughts: Why is Keira Knightly even in this list? Emma Stone’s scene stealing performance in Birdman as the ex-drug addicted daughter to Michael Keaton’s Riggan)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

(Immediate thoughts: Alejandro González Iñárritu was robbed of a Golden Globe, but hopefully he will walk away with the best director gong)

Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

(Immediate thought: Eh… LEGO movie anyone? This is a case of the Oscars political and elitist snobbery it seems)

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

(Immediate thoughts: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel should walk away with this one with Birdman remaining a close second)

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”

Documentary Feature
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

(Immediate thoughts: Where is Birdman? Most folk will presume that it was filmed in one long take. However, it wasn’t; with smart cuts and good editing from Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione, making it appear as if it was all shot continuously on a steadycam rig)

Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

Music – Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”
Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

(Immediate thoughs: The inclusion of Hans Zimmer’s score from Interstellar isn’t a surprise as it couldn’t be missed in the overall mix (in the film), not that it’s not classic Hans Zimmer fare)

Music – Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Grateful” by Diane Warren, “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Begin Again”

(Immediate thoughts: Everything is Awesome!)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

(Immediate thoughts: “I am Groot”)

Best Sound Editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”
Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock, “Birdman”
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Richard King, “Interstellar”
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, “Unbroken”

(Immediate thoughts: “Well hello there,”  ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’)

Best Sound Mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, “American Sniper”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga, “Birdman”
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee, “Unbroken”
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”

(Immediate thoughts: Considering all the divisive comments regarding Chrisopher Nolan’s decision to replicate Stanley Kubrick’s approach to having the sound mixing playing a major part of the theme of the film, it appears the Academy are with the minority on this one)

Best Visual Effects
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould, “Guardians of the Galaxy
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, “Interstellar
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past

(Immediate thoughts: Second nomination for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a nice sentiment. This whole list is a bona-fide mix of awesomeness)

So there you have it folks! Did any of the nominations manage to ruffle some feathers? …Or is this year another “yawnfest”? Let us know your thoughts peeps.

Source: WashingtonPost

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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.

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