87th Academy Awards Nominees

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This morning, the Academy had finally announced their nominees for Oscars 2015. A couple of surprises for me as some early buzz favorites were completely shut out of a deserving nod for nomination. American Sniper is having a last minute waves as the film and Bradley Cooper bumped some early favorites prediction out of the contest in place of them. Still there is not much love for Interstellar as it only scored nods mostly on the technical categories and still, Fury didn’t even scored any nomination at all that I personally think it deserved at least a nod for a Supporting Role of an Actor for either Shia LaBeaouf or Logan Lerman. Also… no love for The Lego Movie? Wow. Plus, a complete shut out in some women that I think deserves a nod as well. To be exact, Ava Duvernay (Selma) and Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) were both snubbed for a Best Director and Gillian Flynn, whose work scored a blockbuster hit, didn’t even got recognized for a Best Adaptation work for Gone Girl. Lastly, Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) for Best Actor, Jennifer Anniston (Cake) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes) for Best Actress who were all fantastic in their films got snubbed for a nomination. Amy just won a Golden Globe, while the buzz around Jake and Jennifer’s performances were big and notable.

All in all, I still think this is really a tight race and I am looking forward if there will be a change of course in terms of winners. For example, both Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything) won their respective categories for Best Actor in the recent Golden Globes or the inclusion of Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) will get a surprising (though he was great there) win over the two or will Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game) and Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) who were both been nominated in every prestigious Award giving bodies get that win? More so in the Actress race, with the exclusion of Anniston on the nominees, predictions will boil down to either Reese Witherspoon (Wild) or Julianne Moore (Still Alice) to get head to head battle on that win but what if the Academy will go on a deserving yet a shocking results (if ever) and give it to Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). I am happy though that finally an award giving body recognized the masterful work of Laura Dern in Wild and she was given a Best Supporting Actress nod for that. There are a lot to discuss but I guess the Academy had their own tastes and we will all find out the results on February 22, 2015.

Now here is the complete list of nominees:

Best Picture
1. American Sniper
2. Birdman
3. Boyhood
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. The Imitation Game
6. Selma
7. The Theory of Everything
8. Whiplash

Best Director
1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
2. Richard Linklater, Boyhood
3. Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
4. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
2. Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
3. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
4. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
5. Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
2. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
4. Michael Keaton, Birdman
5. Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Laura Dern, Wild
3. Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
4. Emma Stone, Birdman
5. Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Robert Duvall, The Judge
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Edward Norton, Birdman
4. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
5. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay
1. Birdman
2. Boyhood
3. Foxcatcher
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. American Sniper
2. The Imitation Game
3. Inherent Vice
4. The Theory of Everything
5. Whiplash

Best Animated Feature
1. Big Hero 6
2. The Boxtrolls
3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
4. Song of the Sea
5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Foreign Language Film
1. Ida
2. Leviathan
3. Tangerines
4. Timbuktu
5. Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature
1. Citizenfour
2. Finding Vivian Maier
3. Last Days In Vietnam
4. The Salt of the Earth
5. Virunga

Best Documentary Short Subject
1. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
2. Joanna
3. Our Curse
4. The Reaper (La Parka)
5. White Earth

Best Animated Short Film
1. The Bigger Picture
2. The Dam Keeper
3. Feast
4. Me and My Moulton
5. A Single Life

Best Live Action Short Film
1. Aya
2. Boogaloo and Graham
3. Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
4. Parvaneh
5. The Phone Call

Best Production Design
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. The Imitation Game
3. Interstellar
4. Into the Woods
5. Mr. Turner

Best Cinematography
1. Birdman
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Ida
4. Mr. Turner
5. Unbroken

Best Costume Design
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Inherent Vice
3. Into the Woods
4. Maleficent
5. Mr. Turner

Best Film Editing
1. American Sniper
2. Boyhood
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. The Imitation Game
5. Whiplash

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Foxcatcher
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. The Imitation Game
3. Interstellar
4. Mr. Turner
5. The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song
1. Everything Is Awesome (The LEGO Movie)
2. Glory (Selma)
3. Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
4. I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me)
5. Lost Stars (Begin Again)

Best Sound Editing
1. American Sniper
2. Birdman
3. The Hobbit
4. Interstellar
5. Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing
1. American Sniper
2. Birdman
3. Interstellar
4. Unbroken
5. Whiplash

Best Visual Effects
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Interstellar
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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