The Usual Suspects? Oscars Nominations


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Let the campaigning begin!

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

There were no huge surprises, except for a couple (see bottom of page):

Chris Pine somehow manages to be handsome at 5:30 in the morning (bastard)

By the Numbers

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel each received NINE nominations

The Imitation Game has EIGHT

American Sniper has SIX

Meryl Streep received her NINETEENTH nomination

Robert Duvall received his SEVENTH nomination

The Academy continues to hate Christopher Nolan. Interstellar received FIVE nominations, including Best Score (Hans Zimmer), but the film was not nominated for either Best Picture or Best Director.

The complete list is here.

BEST PICTURE

Along with the expected names in the performances categories (Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton) there were a few nice surprises:

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

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BEST ACTOR

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

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BEST ACTRESS

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Alejandro Innaritu for Birdman
  • Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

WHO WAS SNUBBED?

The LEGO Movie was NOT nominated for Best Animated Feature. The very successful and highly praised film was expected to get a nomination; it was nominated in only one category (Best Original Song).

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EVERYTHING ISN’T AWESOME?

I think that Scarlett Johansson gave one of the year’s strongest performances in Under the Skin (also one of the year’s best films). While it is not a very typical Oscars-worthy film (too weird, too arty), it’s a shame the movie did not get more recognition.

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There was much talk of Jennifer Aniston getting a nomination for her work in Cake. The Academy apparently isn’t interested in seeing her without makeup.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy performance in Nightcrawler was also overlooked (probably in favour of Steve Carell’s creepy performance in Foxcatcher). Dan Gilroy’s screenplay did receive a nomination, however. 

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Angelina Jolie’s WWII POW story Unbroken was completely ignored, receiving no nominations. Hubby Brad Pitt’s wartime tank picture Fury was also overlooked.

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Amy Adams (who just won a Golden Globe) did not receive a nomination for Big Eyes.

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Timothy Spall was a long-shot for a nomination for Mr Turner.

OKAY, SO WHO WILL WIN and WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN and AREN’T THE OSCARS BULLSHIT ANYWAY?

Look to the other awards coming up in the next few weeks to see who gets what (particularly at the Guild awards, as those voting blocks carry a lot of weight at the Academy).

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There is a fascinating article here about how the Oscars are chosen and the money that studios spend on awards campaigning. 

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11 thoughts on “The Usual Suspects? Oscars Nominations

  1. Only two nominations for Selma? Crazy. Last year the Academy went overboard with political correctness for 12 Years a Slave, and I guess they feel like they’ve done their duty for this decade. The Lego Movie snub is also completely inexplicable. Rooting hard for Boyhood, though. My favorite movie of the past five years.

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  2. Thanks for saving me some more yawn-inducing viewing Niall. Not a lot of surprises, to be sure. One thing though. I have had no interest in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Every clip I have seen looks farcical and very silly. It has a lot of nominations though. Is it actually any good?
    Cheers mate. Pete.

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  3. I’ll bet Aniston’s publicists are getting an earful this morning although no one worked the pre-Oscar game quite like Reese Witherspoon. I have to disagree with you on Scarlet Johansonn though, I think she is a really limited actor who gets lucky when she picks a role that works for her.

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