Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscars 2015 Nominations: My Reactions

Hello, Bloggers, the day is finally here! Oscar Nomination Day! Here are my thoughts on the nominees (excluding the shorts) and even the shocking snubs. Here we go:

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

It's wonderful that my three favorite movies of the year made it onto the final eight. Imitation Game and Theory of Everything were expected while American Sniper was a pleasant surprise and seeing Grand Budapest Hotel was also wonderful because it could be a game-changer for awards season by showing that you don't have to have a release later in the year to become a legitimate contender.

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

Bennett Miller is obviously the biggest surprise. I know a lot of people were expecting Ava DuVernay to get in for Selma and I can understand why they are angry over that snub because it would've made history by making her the first black woman to get in for Best Director. I would've been fine with her taking Tyldum's spot because The Imitation Game was a good movie, but not really a director's movie.

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

Unfortunately no Jake Gyllenhaal on here, but to be fair, Best Actor this year was a bloodbath so a snub or two was bound to happen. Plus, it's not like the Academy hates Jake Gyllenhaal because he already has one nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain, so he is fine. But I did love seeing Bradley Cooper on here. I wouldn't underestimate his ability to take it since this is his third acting nomination in a row.

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

One of the nominations announced this morning that made my morning was seeing Marion Cotillard's name announced on this category. I was super thrilled because I loved her performance in Two Days, One Night and I was relieved that Rosamund Pike got on here because I had worried that she would get snubbed. I did have a small hunch Jennifer Aniston would sneak in, but I guess she can't have her "Cake" and eat it too.

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

The biggest surprise is that there were no surprises. Figured Robert Duvall would get snubbed in favor of Josh Brolin, but I guess that was just wishful thinking.

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

I was so thrilled to see Laura Dern on here for her nuanced work in Wild. I am also relieved that Emma Stone is on here. The other three weren't too surprising, but they were all very good in their respective films.

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

Thrilled that PTA snuck in! I was quite disappointed at the absence of Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl, but the inclusion of PTA and Damien Chazelle more than made up for it.

Best Original Screenplay:
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

I got 5/5 here!

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

Everything would be awesome if The Lego Movie were on here. It did make it in for Best Original Song, but still.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Loved seeing Ida on here even though it was kind of expected. I was stunned Force Majeure didn't make it on here, but at least they recognized countries they wouldn't normally recognize like Mauritania with Timbuktu and Estonia with Tangerines.

Best Documentary Feature:
Citizenfour
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days In Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga


Huh? No Life Itself? I'm guessing they really want to make sure Citizenfour wins.

Best Original Score:
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Since I already knew Interstellar wasn't going to make it in for Best Picture, it was a nice treat seeing Hans Zimmer getting recognized for his mesmerizing work on the film.

Best Original Song:
"Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie
"Glory" from Selma
"Grateful" from Beyond The Lights
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me
"Lost Stars" from Begin Again

Everything is still awesome because Everything Is Awesome is on here.

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

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Whiplash! Yay!

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

I was hoping that Grand Budapest would make it on here and thankfully it did.

Best Cinematography:
Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Nice surprise to see Ida on here. It would've been a crime if Lubezki got snubbed for Birdman. 

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

Boyhood and Whiplash making it on here made me ecstatic. I do wonder why Birdman, which was made to look like it didn't have any editing, got snubbed, but I guess we'll never know.

Best Costume Design:
Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into The Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Inherent Vice getting on here was nice. It's its only other nomination, but I am at least glad it had a showing.

Best Makeup:
Foxcatcher
Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Much better than last year's lineup. I did have a feeling Theory of Everything would sneak in, but I'm not too crushed it didn't.

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

Even though this category is usually kind to genre fare, this category excites me very much because X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first film in the franchise to become an Oscar nominee.

So overall, I was thrilled with the list of nominees for the most part. There were some snubs that kind of bugged me, but as I always say, no matter good a year it can be for film, there will always be snubs. Please feel free to share your own personal thoughts on the nominations and even who you felt got left out. The Oscars are on February 22nd and I will do plenty of coverage leading up to that big night! Until then, thanks for reading!