Surprises and snubs: Oscar Nominations for 2014

SelmaWhat an announcement! This morning the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the pack with nine nominations each. This was followed by The Imitation Game with eight nominations and, surprisingly, American Sniper with six nominations.

There were many surprises and snubs as the nominations were announced this morning. Not the least of which was Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidental nomination of cinematographer Dick Poop for Mr. Turner. Luckily, the screen which was simultaneously showing the nominations clarified that Dick Pope was the cinematographer. I will give her a pass on this. After all, it was 5:30 in the morning.

Civil rights drama Selma received the biggest overall snub, by receiving only two nominations: Best Picture and Best Song. Many felt that the film would receive several nominations including Best Actor for David Oyelowo and Best Director for Ava DuVernay.

Another major surprise was Bradley Cooper nabbing a nomination for Best Actor in American Sniper. Cooper’s love affair with Oscar continues, as this is his third nomination in three years. His previous nominations were for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. Cooper’s nomination was a particular surprise, since he beat out both Oyelowo for Selma and Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler.

Sniper has been left off of most of the other award lists in recent months, but it had a resurgence earlier this week when it was nominated by the Producers Guild. Sniper also surprised Oscar forecasters by receiving a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. This nomination, plus the surprise nomination of Inherent Vice in this category, managed to edge out front runner Gillian Flynn for her adaptation of her best-selling novel, Gone Girl.

The two other major surprises in the acting categories were those of Marion Cotillard’s nomination in the Best Actress category for Two Days One Night and Laura Dern’s Best Supporting Actress nomination for Wild. Like Cooper, Cotillard beat out two other actresses who have received much more attention this awards season: Jennifer Aniston for Cake and Amy Adams for Big Eyes. Dern’s performance as the terminally ill mother in Wild does have Oscar bait written all over it. I have to believe that the late release of A Most Violent Year kept Jessica Chastain from getting her third nomination.

The Academy Awards will be held on February 22 and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Ariadne Ansbro

 Best Picture

BoyhoodAmerican Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything


Best Director

Grand Budapest HotelAlexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game


Best Actor

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


Best Actress

two-days-one-night-cannes-2014-5Marion 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

WhiplashRobert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash


Best Supporting Actress

75Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods


Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice
, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything
, Anthony McCarten
, Damien Chazelle


Best Original Screenplay
Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
, Richard Linklater
, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
, Dan Gilroy


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


Best Animated Short
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life


Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken


Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner


Best Documentary — Feature
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth


Best Documentary—Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth


Best Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, American Sniper
Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Barney Pilling, The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg, The Imitation Game
Tom Cross, Whiplash


Best Foreign Language Film
Ida, Poland
, Russia
, Estonia
, Mauritania
Wild Tales
, Argentina


Best Live Action Short
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call


Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, Guardians of the Galaxy


Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything


Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois


Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game
, Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
, Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods
, Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner
, Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts


Best Sound Editing
American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
, Richard King
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro


Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley


Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days of Future Past
, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

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