The 2015 Oscar Nominations (Or The Year I Fall Out Of Love With The Oscars)

Posted by Matthew on January 15, 2015
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This morning the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards wre announced and boy howdy were they ever bull-fucking-shit. You can take to my twitter stream to see some of my immediate reactions but basically the nominations don’t make a lot of sense to me.

Selma, a movie that is critically acclaimed and features an amazing performance by David Oyelowo and fantastic direction by director Ava DuVernay was nominated for best picture and best song, but literally nothing else.

The Lego Movie was left out of the best Animated Feature race, but Big Hero 6 made it in.

The Academy can nominate as many as ten films for best picture but nly nominated 8. They included The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything, (which are both fine, but not great) but left out Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, and tons of others.

Tilda Swinton, who had three amazing performances this year, didn’t get nominated. Bradley Cooper is nominated for the third year in a row despite being in a film that as far as I can tell is a bore. Someone must really like him.

All 20 acting nominees are white. 7 of the 8 best picture nominees are about white male heroes. That’s bad even by the standards of the old mens “we hate change” club that is the Academy.

I could go on but I won’t. I will say that there are some good things happening. JK Simmons is nominated! Wes Anderson has his first ever Best Director nod! I’ve always liked the oscars and I’ve enjoyed live blogging the ceremony the last few years but this years nominees are all… “safe”. Which is a real shame. This might be the year I finally fall out of love with the Oscars.

Hit the jump to see the full list but despair as the good is far outweighed by the bad.

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

Documentary Short Subject

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

Film Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Original Song

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

Production Design

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

Animated Short Film

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

Live Action Short Film

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
  • Parvaneh
  • The Phone Call

Sound Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

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

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, 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 or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Cinematography

  • Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
  • Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
  • Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design

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

Directing

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Foreign Language Film

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

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

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

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

Original Screenplay

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

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