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Oscar Nominations 2015

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The nominations are in for this year’s Academy Awards.  I’ve put an asterisk next to each movie that I have seen already.  Read on to get the full list and my comments and predictions.


BEST PICTURE:
*”American Sniper” (Review to be posted tomorrow)
*”Birdman”
*”Boyhood”
*”The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
*”The Theory of Everything”
*”Whiplash”

Only eight nominees this year.  I still  haven’t gotten around to seeing The Imitation Game and didn’t have the opportunity to screen Selma.  Without any other major nominations, it seems like Selma was just added on here to avoid controversy, which is a shame since I hear it is quite good.  With controversy swirling around Whiplash being included as an adapted screenplay, it’s nice to see that it wasn’t lost in the shuffle and that it made it here.  My prediction for the winner goes to critical darling Boyhood, though my favorite out of the bunch is The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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

I’m disappointed to see Foxcatcher  racking up the important nominations since it was, in my humble opinion, pretty terrible.  I think this is going to come down to a close race between Linklater and Iñárritu with the Birdman director taking home the prize.

BEST 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”

Please don’t let Steve Carell win this.  Yes he performed well, but to what end?  My prediction goes to Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, though if I had seen The Imitation Game I have a feeling I might change my mind.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
*Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
*Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (Review to be posted tomorrow)
*Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Despite a lot of very good performances by women this year, I don’t feel like there were a whole lot of really outstanding roles.  I’d love to see Rosamund Pike  take this award home, but my prediction is Julianne Moore.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
*Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
*Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
*Edward Norton, “Birdman”
*Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
*J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Yes Ruffalo was probably the best part of Foxcatcher but that doesn’t mean he should win.  If J.K. Simmons doesn’t win this I will eat my hat.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
*Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
*Emma Stone, “Birdman”
*Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods

I feel like these are some weak choices here.  Meryl Streep is always a safe bet, but for Into the Woods?  I don’t think she’ll win for that role, though it was pretty spectacular!  I think Patricia Arquette is going to win this one.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
*”Big Hero 6
*”The Boxtrolls”
*”How to Train Your Dragon 2
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Really?  No LEGO Movie?  Seriously?  Everything is not awesome.  Did it come out too long ago?  Did people ignore it thinking it’s just a movie based on a toy?  That was my pick for best animated film, I thought it would be a lock, in fact.  If that and The Book of Life were squeezed out by the two foreign entries I haven’t seen, they must be good.  So my prediction goes with The Tale of The Princess Kaguya as I have heard it is all kinds of wonderful.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
*Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice
*Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
*Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
*Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

My top choice – Gone Girl – is not an option.  While not technically an adaptation (long story, look it up), I’d like to see Whiplash take this one and I think it has a good chance of doing so.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
*Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
*Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”
*Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler
*Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
*Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

My personal pick would be for Nightcrawler, and I think The Grand Budapest Hotel has a chance, but my money would be on either Birdman or Boyhood with Birdman taking the lead.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Leviathan” (Review coming soon)
*”Ida”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

Once again I have neglected the foreign language category and only seen one of the nominees, which I was not terribly impressed with.  For some reason, I have a feeling Tangerines will win, despite the fact I know pretty much nothing about it.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
*”Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” (written by Shawn Patterson)
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” (written by Diane Warren)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (written by Glen Campbell)
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

I’ve only heard one of these songs, but seriously, Everything is awesome had better win, though with a song from an animated film winning last year, I have to wonder if it will go in a more serious direction this year.  Perhaps Glory, since it won the Golden Globe…

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
*Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
*Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
*Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Either Grand Budapest or Interstellar would get my vote, but my guess for the winner is The Theory of Everything.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
“CITIZENFOUR”
*“Finding Vivian Maier”
*”Last Days in Vietnam
“The Salt in the Earth”
“Virunga”

Two of my favorite documentaries – the only two I saw from this list – are nominated, but I’m not sure if they will win.  Once again, the film I predicted as a lock for winner is not even nominated – where is Life Itself?  Because of it’s current significance I am going to predict CITIZENFOUR takes the prize.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Perhaps if I had seen any of these, I would have a guess…

BEST FILM EDITING:
*”American Sniper”
*”Boyhood”
*“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
*”Whiplash”

For creating a relatively concise film with a cohesive plot out of twelve years of footage, my vote goes to Boyhood.

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING:
*”Foxcatcher”
*”The Grand Budapest Hotel”
*”Guardians of the Galaxy

I wish Guardians of the Galaxy would win, but it will probably go to Steve Carell’s nose in Foxcatcher.

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
*”Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Feast was cute, and the only one I saw, but probably not award worthy.  The Bigger Picture sounds like they type of thing to get some awards attention so that’s my prediction.

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”

Didn’t see any of these this year either.  I know nothing about them, but I love the name of Butter Lamp.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
*”The Grand Budapest Hotel”
*“The Imitation Game”
*“Interstellar
*”Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

All of these had great production design and of the four I’ve seen, it could probably go to any of them.  I’ll go with Into the Woods for how it managed to feel like both a feature film and a stage production in many ways.

BEST SOUND EDITING:
*”American Sniper”
*“Birdman”
*”The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
*”Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

Tough choice, but with it not being eligible for soundtrack, I’m going to give this to Birdman.

BEST SOUND MIXING:
*”American Sniper”
*”Birdman”
*“Interstellar”
*”Unbroken”
*“Whiplash”

Hmm, this list looks pretty familiar.  Interstellar gets my vote.

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

Wow, a lot of super hero films…  Without a doubt in my mind, the winner should be Dawn of the Planet of the Apes though Interstellar comes close.  In Dawn, the effects are less in your face, but so important to the story and so well done.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
*”The Grand Budapest Hotel”
*“Inherent Vice”
*”Into the Woods”
*”Maleficent
“Mr. Turner”

The Grand Budapest Hotel has some great costumes, but we’ve all seen Wes Anderson‘s style before.  I think the period outfits in Inherent Vice will take this one home.

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

Is there any doubt that the incredible single take look for Birdman is not going to win this?

There you have it.  Thoughts?  How many of my opinions are wrong?

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