87th Academy Awards Nominees Announced

– by Tom Munday

Nate D. Sanders Auctions Collection Of Academy Award Oscar Statuettes Set To Be AuctionedEvery year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences takes a month or two to fondly applaud itself, hand out gold statues, and look back on yet another year in big-budget cinema. Indeed, some years are more revelatory and groundbreaking than others. In fact, this year was fuelled by a bizarre of conventional biopics, satirical dramedies, and stylistic flourishes from polarising auteur filmmakers. Beverly Hills’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre set the scene for this year’s Academy Awards nomination ceremony.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations, if anything, displayed the average voter’s shocking lack of contact with new-school filmmaking and modern audiences. The out-of-touch nominations came with several major and minor snubs. As Star Trek director J.J. Abrams, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, and actor Chris Pine read out each category’s top picks, the crowd launched into furious murmurs. Each category, highlighting the Republican/white-guy/65-year-old+ voting demographic’s immense shortcomings, threw several big names under the bus.

The snubs ranged from the obvious to the surreal. The biggest, arguable, is the rejection of The Lego Movie from the Best Animated Feature category. Instead of last year’s stop-motion smash, the Academy voted for three forgettable Hollywood feature and two foreign flicks only a handful of people have witnessed. Hell, they may be fantastic for all I know! David Oyelowo and Jake Gyllenhaal were left out of the Best Actor race. Meanwhile, Selma director Ava DuVernay – a black, female filmmaker – was left to the waste side. Gee, I wonder why?!

Despite the extensive list of rejections, several unique, prescient features were honoured with multiple nominations. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel took top honours with nine nominations each. The acting nominations, despite the aforementioned painful rejections, fit the bill. Michael Keaton and J. K. Simmons are now locked in to take home the top honours. Roger Deakins, nominated for the lackluster biopic Unbroken, deserves an Oscar. The 12-time nominee, however, may be kick to the curb yet again by Birdman’s Emmanuel Lubezki. Little-train-that-could feature Whiplash made itself know with a Best Picture nomination. In addition, the race between directors Richard Linklater and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will come down to the wire.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs also slipped up, referring to Mr. Turner cinematographer Dick Pope as “Dick Poop”. Everyone watching suddenly turned into a 12-year-old. Giggles and mean comments, at the very least, led a shred of humanity to this joyless and questionable nominations ceremony. In the announcers’ defense, having to say Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) multiple times is a significant feat.

Here is the full list of nominees:


“American Sniper”
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Lead actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Lead actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

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”

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”

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”

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
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”

Documentary short subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper (La Parka)”
“White Earth”

Foreign language film
“Ida” (Poland)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)

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. and Armando Bo, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson (screenplay), Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (story), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Animated short film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Live action short film
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“The Phone Call”

Makeup and hairstyling
“Foxcatcher,” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Original score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

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

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

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

Film editing
“American Sniper,” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood,” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game,” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash,” Tom Cross

Sound mixing
“American Sniper,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar,” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Sound editing
“American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar,” Richard King
“Unbroken,” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Production design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen (production design) and Anna Pinnock (set decoration)
“The Imitation Game,” Maria Djurkovic (production design) and Tatiana Macdonald (set decoration)
“Interstellar” Nathan Crowley (production design) and Gary Fettis (set decoration)
“Into the Woods” Dennis Gassner (production design) and Anna Pinnock (set decoration)
“Mr. Turner” Suzie Davies (production design) and Charlotte Watts (set decoration)

Visual effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar,” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, held at Hollywood’s prestigious Dolby Theatre, will take place on Sunday, February 22nd, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.


Photo credit: New Yorker, Venue Magazine

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