Thoughts on… Oscar Nominations

Oscar Nominations are finally here! As we countdown to the ceremonies, with about a month left to go, we will try and review all the films we have yet to for Best Picture, followed by films that received other nominations. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the way with nine nominations a piece, and Boyhood claimed six. But for right now, here are our first glance thoughts.

Eight Best Picture Nominees

For reference, this year’s nominees are The Imitation Game, Theory Of Everything, Birdman, Boyhood, American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, and Whiplash. In a year with so many great movies and the option to pick 10 films, why would the Academy choose to go with 8? Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, and Foxcatcher were all snubbed. Even Into the Woods could have slipped in there.

Bradley Cooper Snipes Last Spot

Not many people saw this coming. Cooper beat out Selma‘s David Oyelowo and Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal for this last spot in Best Lead Actor. I personally would have loved to see Gyllenhaal here; he was my favorite performance of the year. The other four nominees are Steve Carrell, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Selma’s March on the Academy Proves Unsuccessful

Though I (Vig) have yet to see it, I’ve heard it’s powerful and David Oyelowo is absolutely incredible. I (Will) have seen it and it’s fantastic. It’s the movie of the moment, given everything that has been going on in New York and Ferguson. However, Oyelowo, director Ava Duvarnay, and cinematographer Brad Young were all left on the outside looking in.

Racial Representation at the Oscars

I don’t mean to get political, but of the 20 actors nominated, all of them were white. Of the 5 directors, Alejandro G. Inarritu is latino, and that’s it. The Academy is notorious for being white and old but this is a particularly homogenous group of nominees in a year with incredibly diverse movies. Not gonna make a huge fit about it, just had to comment on it.

Biggest Snub of the Day:
Selma got two nominations, Nightcrawler and Gone Girl had one, and A Most Violent Year had none. But the fact that The Lego Movie did not get nominated of Best Animated Feature is maybe the most horrendous snub in the history of the Oscars. You heard it here folks. It’s official: white and old people don’t know how to have fun. How can The Boxtrolls and The Book of Life be nominated over The Lego Movie? Who the hell knows.
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