A few WTH moments: 2015 Oscar Nomination Round Up

academy-awards   This morning was the most important morning of the awards season, the 87th annual Academy Awards nominations. The Academy race kicked off with the Academy announcing its nominations for 2015. It’s a long list of stuff, so I’ll keep to ones that are most interesting: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in Supporting Role.

Gender wise: No women nominated for Best Directing, Best Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay! A lot of folks thought at least Gillian Flynn who wrote the book Gone Girl would get a nod for adapting it to Screenplay, since a) that’s not usually done by a book’s author in Hollywood, and b) the Golden Globes had given her the nomination, but nope. Still stunned about Ava DuVernay’s snub

Race wise: 20 actors nominated, not one person of color. Not ONE.  Let that marinate. And they really had no excuse this past year with an amazing performance by David Oyelowo to say the least.

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
My reaction: The Academy used to nominate 5 movies for Best Picture, then went up to 10 movies nominated then they went down to 8 pictures nominated. So that’s interesting. Everything fit from what’s been on the Awards Season rounds except for American Sniper. So I don’t know if that’s the patriotic pick like “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” which was a pic around the events of 9/11 but was a film while good wasn’t pushed super hard for awards season, but clearly played at the strings of the Academy members.

Best Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
My reaction: Where the HELL is Ava DuVernay?! I was expecting her to get a nomination for directing ‘Selma’. Certainly the Golden Globes got it right when it came to nominating her. I still don’t get an Academy that nominates a movie for Best Picture and then does not nominate the Director. Someone had to direct it to make it a Best Picture right? Pardon me using logic though. Miller for ‘Foxcatcher’ was surprising, if not just for the fact that ‘Foxcatcher’ wasn’t nominated for Best Picture but also because outside of Carell and Ruffalo’s performances it wasn’t that outstanding a movie.

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
My reaction: David Oyelowo was ROBBED. R-O-B-B-E-D. Shakespearan trained British-Nigerian actor, who transformed himself into a very human portrayal (the most human to date) of a southern preacher named Martin Luther King Jr in ‘Selma’. And then….Bradley Cooper for ‘American Sniper’?? Really? Again this movie got next to no love from Golden Globes and Cooper’s performance hasn’t been on the award circuit buzz on the same level that his fellow actors who are nominated have been.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
My reaction: Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl? I hadn’t prioritized seeing the movie but I was a bit surprised given how much awards buzz Pike’s fellow actresses received in comparison to her performance. Marion Cotillard was a pleasant surprise. While Two Days & One Night is a foreign film, Cotillard does a wonderful job playing a character struggling with anxiety and depression in the face of economic trouble.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
My reaction: Nothing surprising here. Identical nominations to the Golden Globes and all of their perfomances received awards buzz, I have partiality to Mark Ruffalo if anything, but that’s without having seen all the others.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
My reaction: Not a surprise, except for Laura Dern. Someone whose an amazing actress but she hadn’t been played up for her performance in ‘Wild’ as fellow co-star Reese Witherspoon so that was interesting

Photo Credit: Image via filmsite.org

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