Thursday, January 15, 2015

'BIRDMAN', 'GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL' LEAD OSCAR NOMINATIONS

By: Connor Glowacki

'Birdman' starring Michael Keaton.
photo courtesy of hitfix.com.
     The nominations were announced today for the 2015 Academy Awards, set to air on February 22 in prime time. The dark comedy 'Bridman' had a big morning tying with 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' with a whopping nine nominations; including best picture, best actor for Michael Keaton, best supporting actor for Edward Norton, and best supporting actress for Emma Stone.
     Outside of best picture, most of 'The Grand Budapest Hotel's' nominations were for behind the scenes work, which included best director, best cinematography, and best costume design. 'Boyhood', a film that took over a decade to make, also earned several nominations, including best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette, best supporting actor for Ethan Hawke, and best original screenplay.
     Some other notable nominations included first time nominees Eddie Redmayne and Steve Carrell for their films 'The Theory Of Everything' and 'Foxcatcher', respectively. Other films nominated for best picture include, 'American Sniper', 'Selma', 'The Imitation Game', and 'Whiplash'.
     The most notable snubs would have to include the Angelina Jolie directed epic, 'Unbroken', which received just one nomination for best mixing and the Jake Gyllenhall starred 'Nightcrawler', which also received just one nomination and it was for best original screenplay.
'Selma' starring David Oyelowo.
photo courtesy of showbiz411.com.
     Another snub that critics are acknowledging is 'Selma', the biopic about Martin Luther King Jr., that focuses on his work in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Even though 'Selma' did receive two nominations for best picture and best original song, the film's director, Ava DuVernay, and lead actor, David Oyelowo, were both shut out of their respective nominations fields.

Below is a list of some of the major nomination categories for the 87th Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE

*'American Sniper'
*'Birdman'
*'Boyhood'
*The Grand Budapest Hotel'
*'The Imitation Game'
*'Selma'
*'The Theory Of Everything'
*'Whiplash'

*BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

*Steve Carrell, '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'
*J.K. Simmons, 'Whiplash'

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

*Patricia Arquette, 'Boyhood'
*Laura Dern, 'Wild'
*Emma Stone, 'Birdman'
*Keira Knightly, 'The Imitation Game'
*Meryl Streep, 'Into The Woods'

BEST DIRECTOR

*Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 'Birdman'
*Richard Linklater, 'Boyhood'
*Bennett Miller, 'Foxcatcher'
*Wes Anderson, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
*Morten Tyldum, 'The Imitation Game'

What do you think of this year's Academy Awards nominations? Leave a comment below or tweet me your comment on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

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