So, we have the “Oscar” nominees with no surprises…

 

“Oscar” nominees are announced and we can analyze the Academy, bitching about films we wanted to be on the list and praising the ones that are nominated. I am generally pleased with the nominees and here are some of the predictions about who will win the Awards. The most interesting nominations for me are:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

 

Nominees:

American Sniper (2014)

Birdman (2014)

Boyhood (2014/I)

The Imitation Game (2014):

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014):

Selma (2014):

The Theory of Everything (2014):

Whiplash (2014):

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

 

Nominees:

Steve Carell for Foxcatcher (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game (2014)

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper (2014)

Michael Keaton for Birdman (2014)

Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (2014)

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominees:

Marion Cotillard for Deux jours, une nuit (2014)

Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything (2014)

Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl (2014)

Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014)

Reese Witherspoon for Wild (2014)

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominees:

Robert Duvall for The Judge (2014)

Ethan Hawke for Boyhood (2014/I)

Edward Norton for Birdman (2014)

Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (2014)

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014)

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

 

 

Nominees:

Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (2014/I)

Laura Dern for Wild (2014)

Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game (2014)

Emma Stone for Birdman (2014)

Meryl Streep for Into the Woods (2014)

 

Best Achievement in Directing

 

Nominees:

Richard Linklater for Boyhood (2014/I)

Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman (2014)

Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (2014)

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game (2014)

 

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Nominees:

Boyhood (2014/I): Richard Linklater

Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Foxcatcher (2014): E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler (2014): Dan Gilroy

 

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Nominees:

American Sniper (2014): Jason Hall

Inherent Vice (2014): Paul Thomas Anderson

The Imitation Game (2014): Graham Moore

The Theory of Everything (2014): Anthony McCarten

Whiplash (2014): Damien Chazelle

 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominees:

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Song of the Sea (2014)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013)

 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Nominees:

Mandariinid (2013): Zaza Urushadze

Ida (2013): Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviafan (2014): Andrey Zvyagintsev

Relatos salvajes (2014): Damián Szifrón

Timbuktu (2014): Abderrahmane Sissako

 

Best Documentary, Feature

Nominees:

Citizenfour (2014): Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Finding Vivian Maier (2013): John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam (2014): Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth (2014): Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier

Virunga (2014): Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

 

You can see all nominations here.

 

As you can see, the movies that I predicting to win the “Oscar” are bolded. However, I must use a disclaimer here. I haven’t seen “Still Alice”, “Tangerines”, “Song Of The Sea” and “Selma”. When I see all of these, their respected categories may change. In the following days, I will try to give a perspective on my predictions. Also, in following days, I will write few posts about all nominated movies, few of them already linked above, and hopefully on this blog we will have full coverage of the “Oscars” in the weeks to come.

Enjoy your day, and happy Awards time!

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