|Yay for Laura Dern!|
This morning at @LauraDern’s house… pic.twitter.com/ZNWFp9s4vM
— Nathaniel Rogers (@nathanielr) January 15, 2015
|Rooting for Finding Vivian Maier|
Also getting lots of attention is the Animated Feature category with the snub of The Lego Movie. Lego, largely considered the frontrunner, missed out to dark horse The Song of the Sea. I'm rooting for How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, though, so I can't complain about Lego missing out. (And Lego director Phil Lord made an Oscar, so everything is awesom.)
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. An Oscar gift for you. To SELMA cast + crew led by our miracle David Oyelowo! To Common + Legend! Kudos! March on!
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 15, 2015
Marion Cotillard will be eating some cake today.
— Angelo Muredda (@amuredda) January 15, 2015
Other crazy business of Oscar morning includes the return of a Best Director nomination without a corresponding Best Picture nomination. That honour goes to Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller. This gap seems rare in the era of a Best Picture field that can range from 5-10 nominees, but I think that simply shows what a strong and competitive year it was.
A snub for Birdman in the Editing category is a bad sign, especially since that technical coup of the long take is the film's most impressive feat. The wide shut-out of Gone Girl is equally surprising outside of Rosamund Pike's Best Actress nomination. No Screenplay nomination for Gillian Flynn? No score nomination for Reznor and Ross? The screenplay snub is especially bad since nominee Whiplash isn't actually an adaptation, but in the category due to wonky Academy rulings. Nick Hornby's remarkable adaptation of Wild also failed to make the cut. But it's nice to see Paul Thomas Anderson's tricky adaptation of Inherent Vice get some notice.
Other good news, though, is a Best Animated Short for Canada's Me and My Moulton by Torill Kove. Kove, a past winner for The Danish Poet, has stiff competition for Disney's Feast. "Lost Stars" also has a Best Song nomination after missing out at the Golden Globes. It competes with Globe-winner "Glory", "Everything is Awesome" by Tegan and Sara, and Glen Miller, which means that Oscar night should at least have some of the best musical performances in years.
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead with nine nominations apiece, although they both missed some notable nominations like the editing and Ralph Fiennes, respectively, while The Imitation Game came on strong with eight nominations and Boyhood with six. It's down to those four!
What do you think of today's nominations?
(Will update winner predictions on the Oscar Predictions page soon!)
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Best Supporting Actor:
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing:
Best Production Design:
Mr. Turner - Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything - Johann Johannsson
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Documentary Feature:
The Salt of the Earth
Best Foreign Language Film:
Leviathan - Russia
Tangerines - Estonia
Timbuktu - Mauritania
Wild Tales - Argentina
Best Animated Film:
Best Animated Short:
Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
The Phone Call
Short Documentary Short:
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