Wow. Six months of waiting and the Oscar nominations have been announced and there are some massive shocks and surprises. Overall, I’m delighted, the films I want to see nominated got nods but some major names have been missed out.
Best Picture: 8?! Why are there only 8? Anyway, it’s still a strong list, with all the films I predicted being nominated, with Gone Girl and Foxcatcher missed out. I think, and hope, Boyhood will win, but all the major competition (Birdman, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel) appear so it will be tough. Also appearing are American Sniper, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and, the otherwise snubbed apart from Best Song, Selma. It’s a poor show for Selma, but they’ll be pleased with this nomination.
Best Director: Well. Richard Linklater and Alejandro G. Inarritu are the front-runners and appear here. Wes Anderson also gets a well deserved first nomination as well as Morten Tyldum getting his first major nomination (he can thank Harvey Weinstein). The big shock is Bennett Miller getting a massively deserved, yet surprising as Foxcatcher didn’t get a Best Picture nod, second nomination, beating Ava Duvernay and David Fincher. It’s a shame as Duvernay could have made history, but you can’t argue with the list.
Best Actor: The big 3 (Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton) all get nods, they’ll battle it out for the win. I’m absolutely over the moon that Steve Carell got nominated, even though some would argue that he is in the wrong category. Bradley Cooper is the real shock here as he hasn’t received any other major nods, while Jake Gyllenhaal has been nominated for all of them. Ralph Fiennes has also been snubbed, but the biggest snub is David Oyelowo, which is a shame as his role in Selma has been very well received. It may due to his lack of A-list status.
Best Actress: This category looked sorted but then the Academy throws a curve-ball and nominates Marion Cotillard, which is terrific as there aren’t enough foreign actors getting nods. Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Jones all get expected and deserved nominations while Jennifer Aniston missed out, which is a bit pleasing as I feel that she was awards baiting.
Best Supporting Actor: This category went exactly as expected and it is incredibly strong. J.K. Simmons should win but there are also deserved nods for Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo. Robert Duvall becomes the oldest ever male nominee for the critically panned The Judge.
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette got nominated so she will win. There are also expected nods for Emma Stone, Keira Knightley and a record 19th nomination for Meryl Streep. The shock is Laura Dern who gets in ahead of Jessica Chastain and Rene Russo.
Best Original Screenplay: No Selma?! Foxcatcher gets a nod instead while Boyhood, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel will battle it out with Birdman being successful. Nightcrawler gets it’s only nod here.
Best Adapted Screenplay: This is where my number 1 pick, Gone Girl, missed out. The Imitation Game will probably win now with Whiplash and The Theory of Everything giving it close competition. American Sniper gets an expected nod, while the shock nomination is Inherent Vice, ahead of both Gone Girl and Wild.
Best Animated Feature: The biggest shock of the whole nominations: NO LEGO MOVIE! Big Hero 6 or How to Train Your Dragon 2 will win, with small Irish film, which was 100/1, Song of the Sea and an expected nod for The Boxtrolls and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.
For the full list: http://www.awardscircuit.com/2015/01/15/full-list-2015-oscar-nominations/