2015 Academy Awards Nominations

TIME TO CELEBRATE THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD. I mean, the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Seriously, though. It’s a straight-up dudefest. A white dudefest. And sadly, that’s Hollywood. Let’s take a look at the nominations (You can see the full list here).

Best Picture

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

This is a solid Best Picture race. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel seem to be favorites this year, both receiving nine total nominations followed by The Imitation Game (eight) and Boyhood (six). Also, I’m very happy to see Selma made the list because it was fantastic. And it seems Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper just made the cut after not receiving any recognition from the Golden Globes.

Best Actor

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

Notable snubs: Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel and David Oyelowo for Selma. As for who the big contenders are, it’s between Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne, who both won at the Golden Globes in their respective categories. Perhaps the Screen Actors Guild will narrow down my guess (I’m still thinking Keaton).

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

Excuse me while I laugh at Jennifer Aniston. Cake got nothing, and her hustle (which included hiring an Oscar strategist) didn’t pay off. This gives me some hope for the Academy because it means they don’t fall for the “popularity contest.” The other actresses in this category are leagues ahead of her anyway. Marion Cotillard is a Meryl Streep at this point. She always gets nominated for her work (as she should). Reese Witherspoon wasn’t that great in Wild, but she’s still better than Aniston. Of course, I’m 100% sure Julianne Moore has this one in the bag. She’s paid her dues, and it’s time.

Best Supporting Actor

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

This is the same list from the Golden Globes and SAGs, so no snubs. Nevertheless, I’m thinking J.K. Simmons has this one. Like Julianne Moore, he’s paid his dues, and he deserves recognition.

Best Supporting Actress

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

Laura Dern edged out Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year, which I’m okay with because Dern was delightful in Wild. And even though Meryl Streep could easily upset the others in this category (because the Academy loves her), Patricia Arquette should be a shoo-in.

Best Director

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

Gone Girl‘s David Fincher and Selma‘s Ava Duvernay were dropped from the list in favor of Foxcatcher‘s Bennett Miller and The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum. I haven’t seen Foxcatcher yet, but I think it’s bullshit that Fincher and Duvernay got pushed out by Tyldum. The Imitation Game was nothing special direction-wise, whereas Gone Girl and Selma were stylish and memorable. But, hey, that’s what happens when you’re backed by Harvey Weinstein, right?

Best Original Screenplay

  • Boyhood, Richard Linklater
  • Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy
  • Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

I’m going to go ahead and say this one will either be Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel (the latter of which I think should get it).

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
  • Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
  • The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
  • American Sniper, Jason Hall
  • Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson

Let me see the other four movies, and I’ll get back to you.

Best Original Score

  • Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
  • The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat
  • The Theory of Everything, Johann Johannsson
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
  • Mr. Turner, Gary Yershon

Like I said in my Golden Globe predictions, I’m a die-hard Hans Zimmer fan. The score for Interstellar is AMAZING.

Best Original Song

  • “Glory” – Selma, John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
  • “Lost Stars” – Begin Again, Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
  • “Everything Is Awesome” – The LEGO Movie, Shawn Patterson
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
  • “Grateful” – Beyond the Lights, Diane Warren

John Legend and Common won at the Golden Globes for Selma‘s “Glory,” and I think they deserve to win again.

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Notable snubs: The LEGO Movie and The Book of Life. Also, I’ve never heard of Song of the Sea and The Tale of Princess Kaguya until now, which sucks because those random films always sneak in a win.

Best Cinematography

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

I haven’t heard of two of these, but I’m guessing this category will be a fight between Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Best Production Design

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

I’m favoring the first three in this category, and each offers very different production design styles. Hmm…

Best Film Editing

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

I need to see Boyhood, Whiplash, and American Sniper before I can even make a call on this one.

Best Visual Effects

  • Interstellar
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

This is going to be tough. Interstellar had gorgeous hypothetical space travel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes had insanely realistic apes, Guardians of the Galaxy had a talking space raccoon and tree, Captain America: Winter Soldier had hovercrafts coming out of the Potomac River, and X-Men: Days of Future Past had the Sentinels.

Best Costume Design

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

Colleen Atwood could get this one for Into the Woods. She’s been nominated for Costume Design almost every year and took home wins for ChicagoMemoirs of a Geisha, and Alice in Wonderland. Then again, Anna B. Sheppard’s wings for Maleficent were pretty badass.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

I feel like The Grand Budapest Hotel should get this one only because Tilda Swinton was unrecognizable (until I saw her in the credits).

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be live Sunday, February 22nd on ABC at 8pm E/7pm C.

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