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The 87th Oscars Nominations

Oscar nominations was announced this early morning and it was much of surprises. To my surprise, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the race with 9 nominations (mostly on technical categories) along with Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman; while Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Games follows with 8 nominations. Subsequently, Boyhood and American Sniper both get 6 nomination while Foxcatcher, Whiplash, and Interstellar follow with each 5 nominations.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: The LEGO Movie only appears in Best Original Song and not in Animated Feature Film category; David Fincher and Gillian Flynn were not nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Gone Girl, making the movie only left Rosamund Pike to be nominated and Neill Patrick Harris. One more thing, Bradley Cooper was nominated back-to-back in acting categories for movies with American in the title (last year, American Hustle—in which he didn’t win, and now, American Sniper).

For so much surprise and stuffs, here’s the complete nominees of the 87th Oscar.


 BEST PICTURE:

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

Big yes, Whiplash made it to the nomination along with The Grand Budapest Hotel. However, my biggest bet still goes to Boyhood and Birdman (though, this one I haven’t watched).


 BEST DIRECTOR:

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

No David Fincher, checked; No Damien Chazelle, checked; Yes Bennett Miller, checked. Again, Linklater and Gonzalez Inarritu are the leading nominees.


 BEST ACTOR:

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

Jake Gyllenhaal is snubbed—that’s not good. Cooper is nominated in acting category for 3 consecutive years and Carell will make surprises in his surprisingly serious performance. Yet, Golden Globes’ winners, Keaton and Redmayne will be the leading forces, though Keaton has the better chance.


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

Cotillard is the wild horse (though I haven’t seen the film) while the rests were predicted. My favorite is still Rosamund Pike, but I think Julianne Moore still leads.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

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

Robert Duvall returns to the award race with his sympathetic performance in The Judge. Boyhood and Birdman will make a great race in this category, but J.K. Simmons will win.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

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

It’s Laura Dern again. This is surprising. If Meryl Streep doesn’t win (though the odd seems not hers), Patricia Arquette will be the best.


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

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

Gillian Flynn’s self-adapted Gone Girl is snubbed disappointingly. To compensate, they got Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. That’s not quite fair. My bet will be around The Imitation Game if something bad happens to Whiplash.


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Birdman is the safe bet. Good luck, Nightcrawler.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

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

Big surprise: Interstellar—perhaps, it’s TARS and CASE that will win if they win. Yet, The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s mostly symmetric sets make the leading force.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Ida makes it to the nomination! Roger Deakins returns again with Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. However, it’s really Birdman and The Grand Budapest again.


BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

Only Inherent Vice comes from the modern world (though still it pictures retro world).


BEST FILM EDITING:

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Whiplash keeps it quick, Boyhood keeps it compact, The Grand Budapest Hotel keeps it vast. I haven’t watched American Sniper and The Imitation Game just yet. My personal favorite is Whiplash.


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

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

No Birdman; that means a great opportunity to Johan Johansson in The Theory of Everything again, if Hans Zimmer cannot make the miracle works.


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

It’s ‘Lost Stars’ and nothing more for me.


 BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Carell’s prosthetic nose might be the culprit, or it might also be Nebula’s bald head. Yet, The Grand Budapest Hotel is still the leading nominee.


BEST SOUND MIXING:

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Only seen Interstellar and Whiplash so far, I can’t judge by now. Pending.


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

There’s something wrong with Interstellar, but still it gets nominated. Like the Murphy’s Law: anything that can happen will happen. So for Interstellar.


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

Captain America gets a nomination for special effect, though I love it better with its practical effect. Wanna bet why not Transformers? The thing is, Dawn gets magnificent effect with the mo-cap and in-place effects, while GOTG gets all the color and the looks of Star Wars. Interstellar has gone beyond the science in picturing the black hole and DOFP has Quicksilver time. So, whoever the winner, all of them deserves big applause.


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

No LEGO, no Book of Life. This is madness. I’m okay with Princess Kaguya, but I didn’t see Song of the Sea coming. Then, it perhaps time for the dragons or another princess.


 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Ida, Leviathan, and Tangerines appear again. Yet, there’s no Force Majeure and there is Timbuktu. Personal favorite: Ida.


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM:

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

I don’t really have cravings for documentary. Yet, I heard Citizenfour and Finding Vivian Maier quite a lot, so, perhaps they will make it. Yet, I never know.


So, the Oscars will be premiered on February 22, 2015 and hosted by the only Neill Patrick Harris. Like Murphy’s Law again: ANYTHING THAT CAN HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN.

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3 thoughts on “The 87th Oscars Nominations”

  1. Well you already know my gripes & delights about Oscar nom but I didn’t realize Interstellar got nod for BEST SOUND EDITING but no CINEMATOGRAPHY, ahah, that’s just hilarious!!

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