Just announced live by presenters Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards are in.
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There ended up being eight overall films nominated for Best Picture with no real surprises, maybe other than Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” being included. Chazelle also scored a nomination for the film in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, but was not included in Best Director. Neither was Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma,” which also received a Best Picture nod but whose star, David Oleyowo, was snubbed.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” was a big winner, as far as total nominations are concerned. It was included in the Best Picture category, but also scored nods for director Wes Anderson, Original Score, Original Screenplay, Makeup & Hairstyling, Costume Design, Cinematography, Production Design and Best Editing.
“Boyhood” also was nominated in all expected categories: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (Richard Linklater for both) and Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette each earning Supporting Acting nominations.
Oleyowo may have been the biggest acting snub, but he wasn’t the only one. Many thought Jennifer Aniston would earn a nomination for her raw performance in “Cake,” but the film was completely snubbed. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Nightcrawler” was also left out of the mix, although the film did pick up a surprise (and well-deserved) nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
There were surprises aplenty too. How about Marion Cotillard for Best Actress for “Two Days, One Night”? Also Laura Dern earned a nod for Supporting Actress in “Wild,” just a year removed from her father’s nomination last year for “Nebraska.” “Inherent Vice” slipped into the Best Adapted Screenplay category and “Foxcatcher” did much better than many expected, earning a Best Acting nomination for Steve Carell, a Supporting nom for Mark Ruffalo, a nom for Original Screenplay and a few others thrown in. “American Sniper” too, did much better than predicted, with Bradley Cooper earning a Best Acting nomination and with the film scoring a few more as well, for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
In the yawn inducing category, Meryl Streep was nominated yet again for “Into the Woods” and Robert Duvall was included for Best Supporting Actor. The veteran actor will have his work cut out for him, because front-runner, JK Simmons of “Whiplash” is about the surest thing heading toward Oscar night.
In the “other” categories, there were a few big snubs, namely in the Animated Feature Film category, where “The Lego Movie” was snubbed (a travesty!). However, “The Lego Movie” did gain a nomination for Best Song with “Everything is Awesome,” which will compete alongside front-runner in the song category, “Glory” from the film “Selma.” “The Lego Movie” was denied for Best Animated Feature and in its place were two films considered surprises in the category, “The Song of the Sea” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”
The 87th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, are set to air live on Sunday, Feb 22nd at 7 p.m. EST on ABC. Be sure to check back for exclusive coverage, predictions and odds in all 24 categories as we inch closer to “Oscar Sunday” in February.