The Oscars 2015

It’s officially awards season for movies and the daddy of all award ceremonies has announced their candidates for the 2015 Academy Awards. There aren’t many surprises in the main categories, but below we have given a run down of all the nominations along with some small thoughts on the potential winners.

Best Film

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

No major surprises in this category, but I’m a little disappointed Nightcrawler hasn’t made the list . All that being said, I think we can discount half those films as potential winners with the likely winner to come from Birdman, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash, but I’m expecting Boyhood to take this.

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)

A category that really only had one surprise for me with Benedict Cumberbatch getting the nod ahead of the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and David Oyelowo (Selma). The award itself is likely to head to Michael Keaton, but I feel the powerful performances of the other 4 make this a very open award and we could see a surprise, with the likes of Steve Carell and Bradley Cooper both putting in the best performances of their careers to date and Eddie Redmayne putting in a fantastic performance as Stephen Hawking.

Actress in a Leading Role

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

It’s thought that Julianna Moore has this one locked down but, if I was to give my preference it would be the fantastic turn of Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl.

Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Another award were one name seems to dominate, with J.K Simmons thought to be a show in for the award. I was surprised to see Duvall on the list as The Judge was out a few months ago now and kind of sunk without a trace (although to decent reviews). I’m a massive Ruffalo fan and it was great to see him get a nomination, but if I was to pick a winner, it’s going to be between J.K Simmons and Ethan Hawke for me.

 Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Another award were I don’t think there is a stand out nominee, all good performances, but the thoughts are that Patricia Arquette is likely to head home with the award for this one. I’m a little surprised to not see Rene Russo make the list for her part in nightcrawler, but that aside, the list isn’t that surprising. My choice for the award is likely to be Arquette, with maybe a shock win for Emma Stone unlikely.

Best Director

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

I think everyone will have their house on Richard Linklater taking this home if I’m honest and I’m surprised that both Wes Anderson and Morten Tyldum made the list, as I felt both Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) and James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) would of made the list. My choice for winner is likely to be between Linklater and Inarritu, this award could go down to who wins Best Film.

The Best of the Rest

Animated Feature Film

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

Cinematography

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Costume Design

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

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short Subject

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Film Editing

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Foreign Language Film

Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbukto
Wild Tales

Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Music – Original Score

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

Music – Original Song

Everything is Awesome (The LEGO Movie)
Glory (Selma)
Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
I’m Gonna Miss You (Glenn Campbell…I’ll be me)
Lost Stars (Begin Again)

Production Design

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

Short Film – Animated

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Short Film – Live Action

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

Sound Editing

American Snipe
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

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

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

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

Writing – Original Screenplay

Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Author

Alan Horne

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