Oscar Nominations Announced

The Academy Award Nominations have been announced today. This post contains the full list of nominations following a bit of discussion.


I am very happy for Grand Budapest Hotel – a very good movie – that got 9 nominations (tied with Birdman for most nominations). Also very happy for Boyhood, it deserves everything it could’ve gotten.

I am shocked that Nightcrawler and LEGO Movie got snubbed for a lot of awards – but not surprised that Foxcatcher got no Best Picture love. I’ve yet to see it, but from what I’ve been told – it’s not surprising.

Interestingly, the Polish/Danish Production Ida got two nominations – obviously for Foreign Film, but also for Cinematography.

Lastly, what the hell happened with American Sniper? 6 Nominations, when Selma only got two.

Biggest Snubs

It says a lot when a film about a talking raccoon gets as many nominations as a critically acclaimed film about civil rights. Selma only got two Oscar Nominations – David Oyelowo & Aya DuVernay both got snubbed.

The LEGO Movie, one of the best films of 2014, wasn’t even nominated as the Best Animated Feature Film – instead, it only got the Original Song nomination for “Everything Is Awesome”.

The best actor of 2014, according to this website, (Jake Gyllenhaal) was snubbed! Nightcrawler only got 1 Nomination (Best Original Screenplay). No love for Gyllenhaal or Rene Russo. Instead of nominating Rene Russo, the Academy decided that Meryl Streep needed another nomination…

Interestingly, the Academy decided not to nominate David Fincher for Best Director for Gone Girl – and Gillian Flynn didn’t get any love either. Some very weird decisions made by the Academy – and these are the biggest snubs, in my opinion.

Marvel Success

Marvel Comics had a good morning. Today they found out that four of ‘their’ films, or rather films based on Marvel Comics, had been nominated at the Academy Awards. Guardians of the Galaxy got 2 nominations (Visual Effects; Make-Up & Hair-Styling); Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Visual Effects), X-Men: Days of Future Past (Visual Effects) & Big Hero 6 (Animated Feature Film) all got one.

Full-List of Nominees

Best Documentary Feature:
Last Days In Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary Short:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

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

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

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

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper

Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

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

Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
The Phone Call

Butter Lamp

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

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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