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2014 Academy Award Nominations

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and I have to say that I’m quite surprised about some of the nominees (as well as which films got snubbed).  Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel lead with 9 nominations each, and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is close behind with 8 nods.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy have made Oscar history: they are the first Marvel Studios films to receive Oscar nods that don’t feature the character Iron Man (yes, it’s true).  Below are the nominees (along with my reactions):

Best Picture:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

I’m surprised to see Whiplash get in (not a knock against the film; I’m still looking forward to seeing it) and Gone Girl absent.  I was kind of hoping that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Nightcrawler might get in.  A good list overall (Boyhood looks like the frontrunner).

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

I’m surprised Ava DuVernay didn’t get a nod for Selma; I was really rooting for her to get nominated.  Linklater is likely the frontrunner .

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

Michael freakin’ Keaton!  Enough said.  I really hope he includes “I’m Batman” in his acceptance speech.  I am surprised that Jake Gyllenhaal got snubbed (he could’ve been nominated for either Enemy or Nightcrawler).  Also would’ve been nice to see Philip Seymour Hoffman get a nod for A Most Wanted Man.  And how did Bradley Cooper get in there instead of David Oyelowo for Selma?

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

Surprised to see Amy Adams get snubbed for Big Eyes, but it’s hard to argue against Marion Cotillard’s performance in Two Days, One Night.  I don’t understand why people feel Jennifer Aniston was snubbed for Cake (it’s not a snub if the movie itself isn’t good).  Julianne Moore will likely win.

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

The only reason Duvall is nominated is because of the older members of the Academy.  I would’ve liked to have seen Chris O’Dowd get nominated for Calvary or James Gandolfini for The Drop.

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Patricia Arquette for the win.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

I’m surprised by the omission of Gone Girl.  Not sure who will win here.

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Glad to see Nightcrawler get some recognition.  Birdman is the favorite to win.

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

I’m really surprised that The Lego Movie didn’t make the cut, but these five animated films are an amazing group of nominees and it’s hard to argue against any of them.

Best Documentary Feature:
CITIZENFOUR
Last Days in Vietnam
Virunga
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

I’m glad I’ve seen at least one of these docs (Finding Vivian Maier).  Hopefully I’ll get to see one or two more before next month.  It’s too bad Life Itself or Jodorowsky’s Dune didn’t get a nod.

Best Original Song:
“Everything Is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
“Glory,” Selma
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights

I really hope Everything Is Awesome gets performed at the Oscars.  The Selma song will probably win.

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Whiplash
The Grand Budapest Hotel

I think maybe Boyhood or The Grand Budapest Hotel will take the prize.

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Lubezki for Birdman.

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Why is Maleficent here and not Guardians of the Galaxy?

Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

I think either The Grand Budapest Hotel or Into the Woods might take this one.

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast

Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Hard to comment since I’ve only seen Feast (which preceded Big Hero 6 in theaters).

Best Live Action Short:
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
The Phone Call

Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

Best Documentary Short:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna

Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Best Sound Editing:
American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Birdman
Unbroken

Why is Unbroken here and not Guardians of the Galaxy or X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Why is Unbroken here instead of Guardians of the Galaxy?

Best 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

The X-Men franchise finally has an Oscar nod!  Too excited by the nominees to pick a winner.  Wait a minute…where’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

I really need to see Leviathan.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

And the Oscar goes to Guardians of the Galaxy.  This will be Marvel Studios’ first Oscar win.

Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Really enjoyed Johannsson’s The Theory of Everything.  If he doesn’t win, then it’ll probably be Zimmer.  It’s too bad John Powell’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Howard Shore’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies were virtually ineligible (sequel scores with previously established themes).

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