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2015 Oscar Nominations

So to conclude my flurry of BLOGS discussing Hollywood’s hotly anticipated awards season, the Oscars have finally been announced and I already can’t wait for the 22nd February to see host, Neil Patrick Harris, reveal the winners! If you’ve missed NPH’s ridiculously awesome hosting abilities, check out the opening numbers for the last few Tony Awards.

 

 

As predicted, there are many contenders whose nominations echo those of the Golden Globes: Winners Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, are joined by competition from The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher and Selma, all of whom have been nominated for either the BAFTAS or the Golden Globes in the best film categories. However new to this particular pack of standout films, is Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, and Whiplash, which also sees J.K. Simmons nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

 

Credit: Daniel McFadden
Credit: Daniel McFadden

Dominating the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards are comedies, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Birdman, who both have 9 nominations to their names, the latter of which sees Golden Globe winner, Michael Keaton, up for Best Actor again. Sadly Ralph Fiennes misses out at a chance for an Oscar for that esteemed category but in his place are Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, along with Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne for his outstanding performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and close rival Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in Imitation Game.

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Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher. Credit: Scott Garfield

 

Eddie Redmayne is joined by co-star Felicity Jones who is nominated for Best Actress though sadly the film didn’t make it into the either the Best Director or Best Original Screenplay categories. Coming nail-bitingly close to sealing nominations in all five of the major categories is Birdman, narrowly missing out without a nomination in the run for Best Actress.

 

Michael Keaton, Birdman.
Michael Keaton, Birdman.

 

Finally, like with the BAFTAS, Marvel’s brilliantly made, Guardians of the Galaxy is only up for the same two awards of Best Make-up and Hair Styling, and Best Visual Effects. The lavish styling behind The Grand Budapest Hotel could be it’s biggest rival for the Make-up and Hair category and it’s going against it’s fellow Marvel brethren, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Captain America: Winter Soldier for Best VFX.

 

Credit: Me!
Credit: Me!

 

Below you’ll find all of this year’s outstanding Oscar nominations though as ever, it’s disheartening to see such a huge array of categories missing one very important role: the stills photographer! With the Oscars covering everything including acting, directing, writing, editing, make-up, costume and special effects, why is there still no category recognising the work of the photographers who capture those iconic moments that films are often remembered for? Even in the Key Art Awards, the photographer is often over looked, even if it’s their production still that makes it to the poster that goes on to win the award.

 

But anyway, that’s a rant for another blog….

 

 

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

 

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

 

Best Actress

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

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

 

Best Cinematography

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Unbroken

 

Best Director

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

 

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Ida, Poland
  • Leviathan, Russia
  • Tangerines, Estonia
  • Timbuktu, Mauritania
  • Wild Tales, Argentina

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Best Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

 

Best Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Mr. Turner

 

Best Documentary Feature

  • Citizenfour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

 

Best Documentary Short

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper
  • White Earth

 

Best Film Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

 

Best Animated Feature

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

 

Best Original Song

  • “Lost Stars,” Begin Again
  • “Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  • “Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
  • “Glory,” Selma

 

Best Production Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

 

Best Animated Short Film

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

 

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp
  • Paraveneh
  • The Phone Call

 

Best Sound Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

 

Best Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

 

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