The 87th Oscar Nominations are here!

Hey everybody!  Sorry I’m putting this post up so late.  Like I’ve said before, I’m really busy this year.  But, of course, I’m going to do everything I can to see 7 out of 8 Best Picture nominees this year (because there’s always one I just can’t get around to until after the Oscar telecast).

Speaking of Best Picture, let’s reveal the nominees:

The Nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards (and how much I actually agree)

Best Picture

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

Will win: Birdman
Might win: Boyhood or The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should win: Boyhood
Won’t win: Selma
Snubs: Gone Girl

Additional thoughts: I really, really thought Selma was gonna win up until the nominees were announced.  But excluding Best Picture, it only has one other nomination.

Best Director

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

Will win: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Might win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman
Should win: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Snubs: Ava DuVernay for Selma, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, David Fincher for Gone Girl

Best Actress

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

Will win: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Might win: Everyone, except for those who are not Julianne Moore.
Should win: It doesn’t matter, because there’s literally no chance of anybody beating Julianne Moore.  Just sayin’.
Snubs: Amy Adams for Big Eyes, Jennifer Aniston for Cake

Best Actor

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

Will win: Michael Keaton for Birdman
Might win: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Should win: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Snubs: Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, David Oyelowo for Selma

Best Supporting Actress

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

Will win: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Might win: Emma Stone for Birdman
Should win: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Snubs: Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year

Best Supporting Actor

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

Will win: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Might win: Once again, it doesn’t matter.  J.K. Simmons has been getting all the Oscar talk for this category since October.
Should win: Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
Shouldn’t be nominated: Robert Duvall for The Judge

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Will win: I wish I could say.
Won’t win:
Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
Snubs:
Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

Best Original Screenplay

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

Will win: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Might win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman
Should win: Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye for Foxcatcher

Best Foreign Language Film

Leviathan
Ida
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Will win: Ida
Might win:
Leviathan
Snubs:
Force Majeure

Best Documentary Feature

CITIZENFOUR
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt in the Earth
Virunga

Will win: CITIZENFOUR
Might win: Finding Vivian Maier
Snubs: Life Itself

Best Animated Feature

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

Will win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Might win: Big Hero 6
Snubs: The Lego Movie

Best Film Editing

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Should win: Boyhood
Snubs:
Birdman, Foxcatcher

Best Original Song

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

Should win: “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Shouldn’t be nominated:
“Glory” from Selma
Snubs: “Miracles” from Unbroken, “Split the Difference” from Boyhood

Best Original Score

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

Should win: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Snubs: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl, Alexandre Desplat for Unbroken

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins for Unbroken
Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
Dick Pope for Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida

Should win: Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida
Shouldn’t be nominated:
Roger Deakins for Unbroken

Additional Note: Roger Deakins is my favorite cinematographer, but I found Unbroken to be a weak spot for him.

Best Costume Design

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

Should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Snubs: Big Eyes

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Should win: Foxcatcher
Snubs: Into the Woods

Best Production Design

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

Should win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing

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

Should win: American Sniper
Snubs: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Gone Girl

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Should win: American Sniper
Shouldn’t be nominated: Interstellar
Snubs:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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

Snubs: Godzilla, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Stay tuned for the winners, coming February 22nd at 4PM Pacific Time!!  In case you haven’t heard because you’ve been living under a rock, Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year, which is all kinds of awesome!

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4 thoughts on “The 87th Oscar Nominations are here!

  1. You really think that Keaton will win the Oscar over Redmayne? I thought Redmayne was fantastic and his role took so much more than most other people on the list. Not sure how the Academy could justify it… Then again, how can they justify no Lego Movie nomination?

  2. I highly doubt Birdman will win, when it LOST against The Grand Budapest Hotel! And Bradley Cooper was better than Michael Keaton, but he’ll never win for anything. I’m glad we agree about Force Majeure…And I think Interstellar was snubbed of Cinematography. For Adapted Screenplay, I think it’s against The Imitation Game and American Sniper. Hopefully, American Sniper will win. It’s a fantastic movie. Overall, I really, really like the list. I just really, really dislike the Oscar nominations this year. It’s disappointing.

  3. Edge of Tomorrow was definitely snubbed of a sound mixing/editing nomination. The sound in that film was incredible.

    Also would’ve put Andy Serkis as a snub for Best Actor in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Scarlett Johansson for Best Actress in Under the Skin.

    On that note, Under the Skin and Snowpiercer were both snubbed for Best Picture. Why is it that mainly documentaries and costume dramas get recognized by the Oscars these days?

    Also pisses me off to no end that Life Itself wasn’t recognized at all. One of the greatest film critics of all time and the Oscars disregard him completely.

    Good list nonetheless.

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