The 87th Annual Academy Award Nominations

Today, movie lovers will unite and bask in the glory of the highest honours given to film and cinema. The official announcement of the Academy Awards are today, and for the first time in the history of the Academy, they have announced all categories on a televised programming. This is really exciting stuff because film is finally beginning to be recognized as a collaborative art; one that involves each and every individual, from so many diverse talents, all across the board. Celebrated directors J.J Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron were responsible for announcing all the technical awards, while Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Pine revealed the higher profile nominations.

So without any further delay, here are the 87th Annual Academy Award Nominations:

Best Original Song

Everything is Awesome- The Lego Movie

Glory- Selma

Grateful- Beyond The Lights 

I’m Not Gonna Miss You- Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Lost Stars- Begin Again 


Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy 


X-Men: Days of Future Past


Documentary Short Subject

Crisis Hotline


Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best Documentary


Finding Vivian Myers

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth 




American Sniper 


The Grand Budapest Hotel 

The Imitation Game



Sound Editing

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies 




Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 





Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


Into the Woods



Best Live Action Short


Boogaloo And Graham

Butter Lamp


The Phone Call

Best Animated Short Film

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper


Me and My Moulton 

Single Life


Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kayuga 


Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall– The Judge 

Ethan Hawke– Boyhood 

Edward Norton– Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Mark Ruffalo– Foxcatcher 

J.K Simmons-Whiplash


Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette– Boyhood 

Laura DernWild 

Emma Stone– Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Meryl Streep– Into The Woods 

Keira Knightly– The Imitation Game 


Make Up & Hair


The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Guardians of the Galaxy 


Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into The Woods





Emmanuel Lubezki- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Robert Yeoman- The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski-Ida

Dick Pope- Mr. Turner 

Roger Deakins- Unbroken 


Best Adapted Screenplay

Jason Hall-American Sniper

Graham Moore- The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson- Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten- The Theory of Everything 

Damien Chazelle- Whiplash 


Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris & Nicolás Giacobone-  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Richard Linklater- Boyhood

E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman- Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Dan Gilroy- Nightcrawler 

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Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat- The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat- The Imitation Game

Jóhann Jóhannsson- The Theory of Everything 

Gary Yershon- Mr.Turner

Hans Zimmer- Interstellar


Best Foreign Film 




Timbuktu– Mauritania

Wild Tales– Argentina


Achievement in Directing

Alejandro González Iñárritu- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Richard Linklater- Boyhood

Bennett Miller- Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson- The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum- The Imitation Game 


Best Actress

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

Steve Carell- Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper- American Sniper 

Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game 

Micheal Keaton- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 

Eddie Redmayne- The Theory of Everything 


Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything 



So there you have it folks, the official list, leaving us much to talk about.

First things first, one of the most powerful and affecting movies of the year, Selma, was snubbed royally. Actor David Oyelowo wasn’t given a nomination this year for his more than convincing turn as the iconic MLK, bringing some criticism for a very whitewashed acting nomination slate that will surely raise some eyebrows as well as snubbing director Ava DuVernay as being the first African American female to ever get a directing nomination. These are two very deserving nominations. Another very big snub is the very obvious and anxious nomination for one of the highest accoladed animated films in recent memory, The Lego Movie being nominated in the Animated Feature category was something no one saw coming.

The absence of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for their scoring work on Gone Girl is a true travesty, especially since every piece of composition they both together is almost as good if not better than anything anyone else produces. If it was not for sheer popularity, the Academy probably left them out to disallow them from winning again. American Sniper had a very big presence this year, coming out of nowhere and at the end of the year to surprise everyone. One of the most surprising fields is by far the Directing Category, leaving out Selma’s DuVernay as well as the always impressive Gone Girl director David Fincher, and instead substituting The Imitation Game’s Tyldum and the Academy’s obvious crush Bennett Miller for the hyper American Foxcatcher. What’s also surprising is the Academy’s decision to include two very surprising name to the female acting category, Laura Dern for small appearances in Wild as well as the very surprising nomination for Marion Cotillard for her work in the French Two Days, One Night. If there is one more snub that I couldn’t believe, was Canada’s snub for its indie and festival darling Mommy, by young director Xavier Dolan, who won critics and audiences alike with his small, little heart felt movie about family and dysfunctions.

So there you have it folks. There are this year’s Academy Award nominations, and while today will be the first day of many controversial talks for the Academy’s selection, we still cannot wait for the big day February 22nd  when host Neil Patrick Harris conducts the 87th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest night.

What did you think of the nominations? Agree? Disagree? Snubs? Justified choices? How was 2014 for you? Leave all your comments, thoughts and questions below. 

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