The 2015 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and while I’ve already furnished a few thoughts on the omissions and surprises 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22?
Let’s take a look and see what the verdict is on these nominations, which I will ask you to vote on at the bottom of this post.
No real surprises here as I had all eight of these films getting a nomination for Best Picture. The only difference between this list and mine, however, was I had Gone Girl getting a nomination, but as we’ll soon see a Best Actress (Rosamund Pike) nomination is the only one David Fincher‘s film went home with.
Possible contenders that didn’t make the list include Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher, the latter probably being the biggest “surprise” considering it received five other nominations, one of which was for Best Director (Bennett Miller).
As I’ve already alluded to, the nomination for Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) was a bit of a surprise, but the other four I predicted. Of course, the glaring omission is that of Ava DuVernay as the first of the Selma snubs that is sure to dominate the conversation today and probably all the way up to and through the Oscars.
And we come to the second of the Selma snubs, the leaving off of David Oyelowo for his performance as Martin Luther King Jr. There are the obvious nominees here, but instead of Oyelowo the Academy went with Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper). It’s up to you how much that upsets you. Personally, I think it’s rather shameful and I’m sure we’ll hear the argument “screeners weren’t sent out in time!” Get off your ass and to one of the screenings Paramount set up for you and quick pretending.
Only one real topic of conversation here and it’s hardly worth dwelling on. That is the nomination for Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) over Jennifer Aniston (Cake). Aniston went without makeup for her movie and received kudos as a result, apparently that wasn’t enough to convince the Academy. The other four nominees were no-brainers with Julianne Moore taking home the win. Next…
Best Supporting Actor
Don’t look to me for any surprises in this category, I had this one exactly right and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) is your winner.
Best Supporting Actress
The surprise here is Laura Dern for Wild. I don’t know what the Academy saw here, but the role has little to no meat on the bone. It’s a fine performance, but it certainly doesn’t stand out. If you’re looking for another topic of conversation from this list, Meryl Streep extended her record nomination count to 19. Whoop-dee-woo!
I guess it’s finally time to really address American Sniper and its six nominations. This nomination for adapted screnplay over the likes of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) is simply ridiculous. Sniper is one of the worst films (if not the worst) of the nominees and to see this nomination is a little painful for someone like me that tracks these things throughout the year. That said, I’m very happy to see Damien Chazelle among the nominees, well deserved. Even if the screenplay was an original, I’m just happy to see the Academy didn’t forget it.
Gotta say, I’m surprised with this one… because I got all five of these correct. Then again, not sure what would have really found its way in otherwise. Maybe Damian Szifron‘s Wild Tales screenplay?
Animated Feature Film
The fact The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated is probably the biggest surprise of the day. Yes, no Director or Actor noms for Selma is a shameful, but in terms of surprises, no Lego Movie takes the cake. Otherwise, nothing too surprising here.
Look closely, your Best Picture winner will likely be one of these five.
I just don’t get it, like Streep the Academy just nominates Roger Deakins as a default even though Unbroken is probably one of his worst shot films in some time.
Will Desplat cancel himself out? He might as this one could very easily land in the hands of Johann Johannsson who was more deserving with his Prisoners score than this one, but oh well.
Have people started complaining about the two Interstellar sound nominations yet?
How about now?
Makeup & Hairstyling
Foreign Language Film
I didn’t see all the nominees this year, but if I was to name a surprise it would be the absence of Force Majeure, but, again, I didn’t see all of this year’s nominees. I did see Ida, Leviathan and Wild Tales though and I expect it will either be Ida or Leviathan for the win.
Documentary Short Subject
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
And there you have it. You can see all of my updated Oscar predictions right here, but before you go vote in the poll and share some comments below.