2015 Oscar nominations announced, here’s our picks
Ah, the Oscar Nomination announcements, the least exciting part of awards season, but still more exciting than The Golden Globes.
Each year comes with its own set of surprises, most of them frustrating, and this year was no different, so lets get down to business.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The list is mostly what was expected, with the only surprises being the inclusion of American Sniper and Whiplash. It’s especially surprising to see Whiplash since the film had a very short release period and was mostly overlooked.
Odds are you’re unfamiliar with this stellar film, which examines the destructive relationship between a jazz drummer prodigy and his terrifying mentor, played by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons respectively.
If you haven’t seen the trailer you can watch it below.
While the nominees for Best Picture were mostly a pleasant surprise, the Best Actor nominee list is…disappointing
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
While all fine actors who put out excellent performances, there is notably one performance missing. David Oyelowo’s turn as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma was blatantly snubbed, with Bradley Cooper taking the fifth nomination slot.
While this is purely speculative, it’s no secret that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is overwhelmingly composed of old white men, and actors of color rarely receive nominations. Even if they do receive nominations it’s incredibly unlikely that they’ll win. With the social climate as it currently is expect this snub to get more attention as The Oscars draw closer.
The Best Actress nominees are also an unsurprising mixture of old favorites and newcomers from prestige dramas.
Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
This isn’t a terrible list, though the last of diversity in nominations is made increasingly obvious. Of the nominees there aren’t any major frontrunners, but if I had to guess I’d put my money on Julianne Moore.
Moore, a longtime favorite, has now been nominated five times but never won. This may be her year. You can watch the trailer for her film, Still Alice, below, in which she plays a linguistics professor dealing with the early onset of Alzheimer’s.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Another collection of white Academy favorites, this list leaves room for the least amount of speculation. J.K. Simmons has earned consistent praise for his role in Whiplash, even taking home a Golden Globe. Expect his winning streak to continue.
Always the first award of the night to be presented, the Best Actress in a Supporting Role is often overlooked. This year’s list contains exactly zero surprises for anyone who’s ever watched The Oscars before. After all, it’s not an Academy Awards if someone isn’t throwing nominations Meryl Streep’s way.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Emma Stone, Birdman
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Laura Dern, who played the mother of fellow nominee Reese Witherspoon in Wild is the closest thing that qualifies as a twist this time around. Nevertheless, Patricia Arquette is almost certainly going to walk home with Oscar gold this year.
All in all, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are the frontrunners, each holding 9 nominations. This marks the first time Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson has had a film nominated for an Oscar, and if his luck continues it may be the first time he wins as well.
If you want to see the nominations for the other categories, including Best Director and Best Animated Feature, you can find them here.
The 87th annual Academy will air on Sunday, February 22nd at 8:30 on ABC.
Tyler Hammel is a college student who has an unhealthy obsession with comic books. He’s a proud cinephile, owning a sizable film collection that lets you know he doesn't have any friends. An aspiring filmmaker, Tyler currently works with the VCU student organization The Horn RVA, a group of like-minded video journalists with a passion for Richmond based music. When not crafting his own bio Tyler can be found misusing commas,
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