cdn.indiewireOscars: The Nominees – 2015

We have the complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominations, ranked by contenders most likely to win. Also we wanted to post this so we could comment on each category individually to voice our just concerns!

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper
Whiplash

The only real surprise in Best Picture is the lack of “Gone Girl,” but it was already a bubble contender since people weren’t sure how many first place votes it would receive. “Boyhood” is easily winning this though.

Best Director
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller receiving a nomination for “Foxcatcher” is odd, because the film wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. Another thing to note is the lack of DuVernay for “Selma” which got little attention apart from receiving a Best Picture nomination.

Best Lead Actor
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

No Gyllenhaal, and no Oyelowo. A lot of people thought Steve Carell would be snubbed for “Foxcatcher” so it’s welcoming to see that he made it in. Bradley Cooper is also a surprise receiving his third Oscar nomination in three years.

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

After Amy Adams took home the Golden Globe for “Big Eyes” I thought, “you know what, maybe Adams can fill the fifth slot” well I was wrong. Cotillard rightfully takes it!

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Edward Norton – Birdman
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Probably one of the most predictable categories of the bunch and one of the few categories I scored perfectly in predicting. Simmons is taking this one pretty easily too.

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Laura Dern – Wild

I was kind of predicting an “Into the Woods” shut out across the board, but the film did quite well. Jessica Chastain missing out for “A Most Violent Year” is really disappointing though… and disrespectful!

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game
Whiplash
American Sniper
The Theory of Everything
Inherent Vice

“Gone Girl” majorly snubbed here. Many had “Gone Girl” as a front-runner. and I had it second to “The Imitation Game.” Just a shame. Awesome to see “Inherent Vice” get noticed though.

Best Original Screenplay
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Nightcrawler

“Birdman” taking home the Golden Globe for screenplay was big, but I think the Academy may go the way of “Boyhood” or “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Also, “Selma” is snubbed here yet again.

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Interstellar

I shouldn’t have predicted a “Mr. Turner” shut out, because it had a strong presence in the technical categories. No real surprises here though, fairly unpredictable category, I think many had “Birdman” though.

Best Cinematography
Birdman
Unbroken
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner

I didn’t predict “Ida” here, but I should have. My gut kept telling me to predict it, but I thought the category was just too crowded. The two ASC nominees missing here though are “The Imitation Game” and “Interstellar” replaced by “Ida” and “Mr. Turner.”

Best Film Editing
Boyhood
Whiplash
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
American Sniper

No real surprises here. Many thought “Birdman” would get in, but it was replaced by the bubble contender “American Sniper.”

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

No “Gone Girl” and no dream nomination for Mica Levi’s score for “Under the Skin.” “Mr. Turner” was a little bit of a surprise.

Best Original Song
“Glory” – Selma
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights

The Original Song nominees are almost completely different from the Globes’ song nominees. “Glory” definitely has the edge for now. Glad to see “Everything is Awesome.”

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
Inherent Vice
Maleficent

This was kind of an unpredictable category this year. It was also one that I was predicting “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything” to sneak into despite not having a very flashy costume design. Oh well.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

I was really convinced “The Theory of Everything” would make it here, but I was wrong. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will likely walk away with this technical one too, but this category is anyone’s game.

Best Visual Effects
Interstellar
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

There were many bubble contenders for Visual Effects. I would argue with AMPAS that “Maleficent,” “The Hobbit,” and “Godzilla” should’ve been placed over “Captain America.”

Best Sound Editing
Interstellar
American Sniper
Unbroken
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Birdman

Odd to see “Birdman” show up in Sound Editing. Besides that I didn’t too bad in this category despite having little to no faith that I’d do good.

Best Sound Mixing
Whiplash
Interstellar
American Sniper
Birdman
Unbroken

I was kind of convinced that the sound mixing controversy Christopher Nolan had would’ve killed the film’s chances here, but it didn’t. It could actually win pretty easily.

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

No!!! This is wrong! So fucking wrong! “The Lego Movie” not getting nominated here is the worst thing the Academy has done in a long long time. So shameful.

Best Documentary Film
Citizenfour
Virunga
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

I had a hunch that “Life Itself” would get snubbed here. And honestly I won’t be surprised if “Citizenfour” gets snubbed on Oscar night. Just a very unpredictable category this year.

Best Foreign Language Film
Leviathan
Ida
Tangerines
Wild Tales
Timbuktu

“Force Majeure” missing is a little surprising. The foreign category, like documentary, can be fairly unpredictable sometimes so it would even just be a little surprising if “Ida” or “Leviathan” got snubbed.

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