87th Annual Academy Award Nominations [Oscars]

Good day! Welcome to another year of attempting to live blog the annual Oscar Nominations! We’re going to be posting the 2015 nominations for the 87th Academy Awards right here on this page (almost) as quickly as they are announced – and you can watch the presentation in the video above.

The Academy is doing something new this year. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will take the stage along with actor Chris Pine and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams to present all 24 categories live on stage. Previous years only had the major categories being verbally announced while the rest were posted on the web site a couple hours later.

I’ll be trying to keep up with them as best I can at least the major categories as they (very very quickly, traditionally) announce the titles and names for the nominees.

You can check out all of the nominees printed below soon after they’re announced. See anything interesting or surprising? Anyone snubbed or is anything garnering undeserved attention? Comments will be turned on Thursday morning so you may make your thoughts/rants known!

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, FEBRUARY 22nd at 7pm ET live on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

 

TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
Birdman 9
The Grand Budapest Hotel 9
The Imitation Game 8
Boyhood 6
American Sniper 6
Foxcatcher 6
Interstellar 5
The Theory of Everything

5
Whiplash

5
Mr. Turner

4


 
 

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

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

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

ACTRESS:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

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

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

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangiers (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

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

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

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Birdman (Emmanuel Lubezki)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Robert Yeoman)
Ida (Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski)
Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
Unbroken (Roger Deakins)

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

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

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

EDITING:
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

HAIR & MAKE-UP:
Foxcather
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

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

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

SOUND EDITING:
American Sniper
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

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

LIVE ACTION SHORT:
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

 

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Robert Reineke
Guest

Early surprise, no Best Animated Feature for The Lego Movie. I know Andrew and Kurt weren’t fans, but they’re in the minority.

Also looks like the Academy loves Eastwood.

Thomas Wishloff
Guest

Thank God I think that movie is vapid.

Robert Reineke
Guest

Other surprises.
No Force Majeure.
No Life Itself.
Robert Duvall.
Bennett Miller picking up a Best Director nomination, but Foxcatcher getting shut out of Best Picture.
Bradley Cooper.

Thomas Wishloff
Guest

“Foxcatcher” getting six nominations including 3 major awards, and not getting nominated is a little bizarre.

Robert Reineke
Guest

I have to believe that Foxcatcher was 9th in the voting. 10th was probably between Nightcrawler or Gone Girl.

Sean Kelly
Guest

SELMA getting a measly two nominations is the definition of snub. It should have at least gotten Actor and Director.

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Nah, that’s not the definition of a snub.

Normally the term is used to show a deliberate offence to someone or a humiliation. You can disagree about the choices and call the Academy members a bunch of horses’ asses, but they didn’t all get together and purposely decide to thumb their noses at Selma (or any of our other faves).

Yeah, I know, I’m getting into semantics here, but “snub” shows intent to exclude. In these instances, it just means the films didn’t have get nominated.

Goon
Guest

American Sniper is the new Extremely Loud and Incredibly close is the new The Reader

David Brook
Admin

I’m very happy with the Cinematography category in that Interstellar was snubbed (I didn’t think it looked as good as people made out) but Ida and Mr Turner got noms. Those two films looked gorgeous. I’d have liked to see The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears in there, but that was never going to happen 🙂

kurt
Guest

Kudos to Wes Anderson and team for leading the pack this year. Exceptionally well done for a film release in the 1st Quarter of 2014.

kurt
Guest

It’s sad to me that beautiful, but hyper-cynical, films like GONE GIRL, FORCE MAJURE and NIGHTCRAWLER have no place in the Academy nominations process for film or director.

David Brook
Admin

I’ve only just noticed that Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get nominated for Nightcrawler. Madness! Not nominating him or Timothy Spall is shameful to me.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yup. Both titanic performances in excellent films.

Voncaster
Guest

On the one hand it would be nice if creators you like get Oscar nominations and the rewards that come with those nominations.

On the other hand, I tend to view most oscar nominations as being for populist drama movies. If Nightcrawler and Snow Piercer do not get Oscar nominations, that is pretty consistent with my understanding of the Oscar world operates.

David Brook
Admin

True. It just continues to annoy me how ‘safe’ the Oscars always are.

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Well, you could make the case that any awards/lists that roll up numerous individual ballots into one comprehensive overall top 10 tends to water down the results. Most individuals have their safe and edgy picks, but when rolled up the edgy picks drop off since they are typically vastly different. The safe picks come from a smaller pool and end up on more lists so gather more overall votes. The only real way of getting edgier stuff into the upper echelon is to have a committee style decision – not saying the Oscars should necessarily move to that format though.

Granted, I think there’s some weighting in the ordered voting for whittling down to the top 5s, so that can bring some surprises (e.g. Cotillard apparently benefiting from passionate supporters putting her high on the list, etc.).

David Brook
Admin

True I guess.

Nate
Guest

When I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel in a theater back in March, I thought “This BETTER get a nomination for Production Design for the Oscars” and indeed it did! Very well deserved!

Gerry
Guest

Having seen American Sniper I’m very surprised at its 6 oscar nominations.

The invasion of Iraq was fairly catastrophic (read Imperial Life In The Emerald City if you’re interested) and what happened in Falloudja was particularly fraught.

Young soldiers, trained for the battlefield, were thrust into a confused situation of urban warfare, not knowing who was the enemy and who were innocents. Innocents were killed. For me Tarantino dealt with this better in one scene of Inglorious Basterds than American Sniper did in its two and a quarter hours.

When back in America, away from Iraq, away from the macho military culture, with time to reflect, soldiers suffered pretty serious PTSD. Making a film about this is a very laudable thing. However, for me, that’s not what this film did.

I thought it was simplistic propaganda, with Americans uniformly portrayed as the ‘goodies’ and Iraqis portrayed either as evil or money grabbing. I thought the complexities of the situation were glossed over. I’m particularly surprised at this film’s screenplay nomination because of this.

Lately I’ve thought that the Golden Globes and the Baftas handed out nominations based on merit more that the oscars. I’m looking forward to the Baftas and, for the first time ever, I’m looking forward to the oscars less, because of this film’s 6 oscar nominations.

Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

While I didn’t hate the Lego Movie nearly as much as Kurt and Andrew, I’m fine with it not getting a nomination. It was fun, but not innovative, and the reveal at the end didn’t ring as sweet or as genuine as the filmmakers may have intended. There were a lot of really good animated films this year, and I’m fine with the nominations. Wish I had been able to see any of them!

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