It is that time of year once again. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Oscar Season. By now the dust will have settled on last year’s Oscar debates just in time for them to begin all over again. It is, by all accounts, another stellar year for film and few could argue with most of the selections made here.

In terms of the films competing for Best Picture, few will be surprised to find Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Birdman in the running. It is nice, however, to see Damien Chazelle’s masterful Whiplash making an appearance, although one (reluctantly) suspects that Whiplash might have to settle for a well-deserved Supporting Actor Oscar.

Courtesy of: Fox Searchlight

Courtesy of: Fox Searchlight

For directing, it is a real pleasure to find Wes Anderson in the mix having only been nominated for writing thus far in his career. Bennett Miller is perhaps the biggest surprise; while by no means undeserving, the absence of Selma‘s Ava DuVernay is felt and would have broken up the male-dominated pool. It would have been nice to see Damien Chazelle acknowledged for Whiplash‘s virtuoso direction, and one cannot help but speculate that if Interstellar deserved a big nomination it probably deserved it here for Christopher Nolan. 

Selma‘s absence is a bewildering one that is felt elsewhere, most prominently in the Best Actor category where David Oyelowo should have surely featured. Timothy Spall is also left out of that race for his majestic turn as Mr. Turner in Mike Leigh’s awards-worthy biopic and, while it was a long shot, there must have been a small part of us all who wanted to see Jake Gyllenhaal rewarded for his menacing turn in Nightcrawler. There are no real complaints with the other acting categories; Marion Cotillard’s nomination is welcomed after her neglect at the Golden Globes, and the supporting categories are as good as locked up with Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons.

Courtesy of: Warner Bros

Courtesy of: Warner Bros

The biggest upset of the announcements has to be the omission of The LEGO Movie for best animated feature. One wonders if its live action sequence made it ineligible; if so, it’s a real shame. The Book of Life probably deserved a shot also. That being said, it’s very pleasing to see Song of the Sea, the latest animated feature from the team behind Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells, and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya both receive nods from the Academy.

In the writing categories – otherwise known as the if-we-were-braver-you-might-have-got-Picture categories – the results are rather unsurprising, however it would have been nice to see more left-field films like Frank, Calvary, or even 22 Jump Street acknowledged here. Paul Thomas Anderson follows The Master with yet more Oscar neglect as Inherent Vice fails to find some much-deserved love; it’s not worth panicking just yet though, PTA has an Oscar in his future, and as long as he continues producing masterpieces he is good with us!

Courtesy of: 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of: 20th Century Fox

There’s more scrutiny to be had in the Best Adapted Screenplay category with the no-show for Gillian Flynn’s outstanding Gone Girl script. Looking at the other nominees Anthony McCarten has had 12 nods for The Theory of Everything with no wins, indicating the script is being a tad swept up (no offence to the man and his clear talent); Graham Moore also follows suit with The Imitation Game, achieving 14 nominations but just two wins (somewhat deservedly some may say). However, Gillian Flynn has by far and away been cleaning up in the Best Writing categories this year with 26 nominations, 15 of which are wins so it seems a crying shame she misses out.

Nevertheless here’s to another brilliant year for cinema. Prepare your arguments, share them with us, and then sit back and enjoy another host of cinematic splendor. Film: it’s the gift that keeps on giving…

Courtesy of: 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of: 20th Century Fox

Best Picture

American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Director

Birdman — Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood — Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher — Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game — Morten Tyldum

Best Actor

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 Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall — The Judge

Ethan Hawke — Boyhood

Edward Norton — Birdman

Mark Ruffalo — Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons — Whiplash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette — Boyhood

Laura Dern — Wild

Keira Knightley — The Imitation Game

Emma Stone — Birdman

Meryl Streep — Into the Woods

Best AF

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Foreign Language Film

Ida — Poland

Leviathan — Russia

Tangerines — Estonia

Timbuktu — Mauritania

Wild Tales — Argentina


Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

American Sniper — Jason Hall

The Imitation Game — Graham Moore

Inherent Vice — Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything — Anthony McCarten

Whiplash — Damien Chazelle

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman — Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo

Boyhood — Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher — E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel — screenplay by Wes Anderson, story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler — Dan Gilroy



Birdman — Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Robert Yeoman

Ida — Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner — Dick Pope

Unbroken — Roger Deakins

Music Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game — Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar — Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner — Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything — Jóhann Jóhannsson

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy


X-Men: Days of Future Past


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