2015 Oscar Nominations


Everything is NOT awesome.

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were made this morning. It’s kind of embarrassing how excited that I get to hear the nominees, especially considering I’m not in contention for any of them. Sadly, best movie goer is yet to be a category. At this point, I probably get more excited for the nominations than Meryl Streep does; at this point it’s probably old hat to her.

I usually have a pretty good idea of what is going to be nominated – I read enough about movies to have a general idea which films have Academy buzz surrounding them and which don’t – so I’m usually not terribly surprised by who gets the nod. I may not agree, but there is rarely anything shocking. This year, however, my mouth actually dropped open when I was reading the list of nominees for best animated feature. If there was ever a movie that I thought was a lock to get a nomination – and probably win – this category, it was The LEGO Movie. It was one of my favorite movies of last year and it managed to charm almost all the kids and adults that I know. And yet, when the nominees were announced, The LEGO Movie was conspicuously absent. It received a nomination for best original song, but no love in the animated film category. This was a huge snub.

I was not alone in my surprise; seconds after the names of the nominees were read, Twitter exploded with shock over The LEGO Movie’s omission. Apparently I am not the only person who is far too invested in the Oscars. We’ll never know for sure why The LEGO Movie didn’t connect enough with voters to get at least a nomination – perhaps the commercialism underlying the movie turned them off or the live-action sequences were held against the film – but I’ll be curious to hear the other theories as to what happened. I will say though, it’s a nice change of pace to be outraged by something so frivolous. The last few months have had a lot for people to get upset about and if The LEGO Movie being ignored is what the people of Twitter are riled up about, that means that we’re getting a break from the other awfulness of the world.

As usual, this year I will valiantly try to complete my Oscar death race by seeing every single film that was nominated. We’re talking every film – not just the big categories. I give just as much attention to the nominees for best sound mixing as I do for best picture. I’m in decent shape this year; I’d seen a fair number of these films and performance before today and I had a good idea of what I had left to do. As always, it’s the Best Documentary (long feature and short feature) and Best Foreign Film that prove to be the most difficult to track down. The closest I’ve ever come to finishing the Oscar death race was two years ago when I was missing only two foreign films and the documentary shorts. I’m not sure how close I’ll come this year, but at least I now know what films I have to try and track down. That’s half the battle.

Here is the full list of the 2015 Oscar nominees; the movie in bold I have seen, in case you want to chart my progress.

Best Picture

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Sniper

Best Actress

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

Best Actor

Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Jason Hall, American Sniper
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Foreign Film

Ida (Poland)
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature

Last Days in Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Animated Feature

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

Film Editing

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Song

Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley, and Nick Southwood, “Lost Stars” (Begin Again)
John Legend and Common, “Glory” (Selma)

Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, and The Lonely Island, “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)
The-Dream, “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me)

Best Original Score

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

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida

Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design

Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Makeup and Hairstyling

Guardians of the Galaxy
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design

Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts, Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock, Into the Woods
Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis, and Paul Healy, Interstellar
Maria Djurkovic, The Imitation Game

Sound Editing

American Sniper

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Sound Mixing

American Sniper


Visual Effects

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

Short Film, Live Action

Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, Aya (Chasis Films)
Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, Boogaloo and Graham (Out of Orbit)
Hu Wei and Julien Féret, Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) (AMA Productions)
Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger, Parvaneh (Zurich University of Arts)
Mat Kirkby, director and James Lucas, The Phone Call (RSA Films)

Short Film, Animated

Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees, The Bigger Picture (National Film and Television School)
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, The Dam Keeper (Tonko House)
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed, Feast (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Torill Kove, Me and My Moulton (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)
Joris Oprins, A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke)

Documentary Short Subject

Perry Films, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Wajda Studio, Joanna
Warsaw Film School, Our Curse
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, The Reaper (La Parka)
Weary Traveler, White Earth

I guess it’s good that I have the long weekend coming up; I’ve got some work to do. Reviews for the nominated films will be tagged Oscars 2015.

The 2015 Oscar ceremony will be February 22, 2015 on ABC.

One thought on “2015 Oscar Nominations

  1. OscarDeathRacer says:

    I am also trying to complete my first Oscar Death Race! Fell just short last year.

    Having trouble locating
    Our Curse
    Wild Tales
    Salt of the Earth

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