It’s time, the 2015 Oscar Nominations were released yesterday and it is going to be a hot competition this year. What is refreshing in this years line up for Best Picture is that they are original and in some cases low budget independent films leading the charge. In an increasing environment in Hollywood where blockbusters rule, this is a great thing to see. It’s damn hard to make a film and it’s even harder sometimes to get people to pay to see them. Hopefully this recognition will help.
Of course every year there is controversy in the nominations and winners and this year is no exception. The Academy has been accused of having a “white oscars” and also lacking in gender diversity this year.
Let’s be clear, it was still nominated for Best Picture, yet director Ava DuVernay was not, and neither was Golden Globe nominated David Oyelowo. However Bradley Cooper from American Sniper was – an omission from the Golden Globes. It makes for great entertainment and fierce competition. Clint Eastwood is also an obvious omission as best director for American Sniper, and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and critically acclaimed film, Unbroken is also missing from the best picture and director nominations.
Let’s not forget there are 8 Best Picture nominations and only 5 Best Director nominations – clearly the numbers don’t add up. If we move onto Best Actor nominations we have 4 of the 5 playing real people. We all know playing a “real person” almost guarantees a win – but that’s thrown out the window as a deciding factor here this year. Perhaps Michael Keaton as the exception will win?
Best actress is an interesting line up with Marion Cotillard the surprise addition here. I’m also somewhat bemused by Rosamund Pike’s nomination here – she was great in Gone Girl, but I’m not too sure it was Oscar worthy. Meryl Streep is back with a nomination for best supporting actress, which I have to say is surprising. It’s almost that the running joke of Meryl being constantly nominated has now turned into a self fulfilled prophecy.
All we can do now is wait with anticipation until February 22nd to see who will take out the top honours. In the meantime it’s time to compile your own list and predict the winners. Head to the Oscars website to play the game and lodge your predictions here.
2015 Oscar Nominations (see the full list here)
See below for the highlights:
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
- Richard Linklater, Boyhood
- Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
- Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
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
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
Best supporting actor:
- Robert Duvall, The Judge
- Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
- Edward Norton, Birdman
- Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
- JK Simmons, Whiplash
Best supporting actress:
- Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
- Laura Dern, Wild
- Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
- Emma Stone, Birdman
- Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Best Picture Nominees – Trailers
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything