Full nomination list for Hollywood’s biggest honours on films,the 87th Academy Awards.

No more assuming. The current on-going Hollywood awards season reached a climax today with the announcement of the nomination list for the 87th Academy Awards (widely known as Oscars). The awards ceremony is to be held on 22nd February 2015, to honour the best of films for the year 2014. Without wasting any more time, hereby is the full list of the nominations in 24 categories as announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, alongside with my brief comments:


Best Picture
“The Theory of Everything”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“American Sniper”

Comment: Only 8 nominees for best picture this time. Usually it’s 9 or 10.If I’m to include two more, I would add in ‘Nightcrawler’ and maybe ‘Foxcatcher’. But anyway, probability is high for ‘Boyhood’ to win this. Dark horse would be ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. I’m not really in favor of those three. I prefer ‘The Theory of Everything’ actually, but I knew it won’t win. ‘Boyhood’ will.

Actress in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night”

Comment: A very strong category. I have only seen Felicity Jones in ‘The Theory of Everything’, and so I choose her. But everyone is saying that this should be the time for Julianne Moore. She is long overdue for Oscars, and her performance in ‘Still Alice’ is critically praised and deserved the win. So, I’m like almost 100% sure she will win.

Actor in a Leading Role
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Comment: Quite surprised for Bradley Cooper being nominated but not Jake Gyllenhaal from ‘Nightcrawler’ whom had already won several Best Actor awards from critics groups and organizations. Also surprised that Dayid Oyelowo from ‘Selma’ isn’t nominated too, and that slot given to Steve Carell. But in the end, everyone knows that Michael Keaton will win it. I prefer Eddie Redmayne. He is exceptionally brilliant in ‘The Theory of Everything’. 

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Comment: 99% Richard Linklater will win this. No doubt. The idea of using 12 years to create a realistic movie is already a cinematic achievement. But wait, ‘Selma’ director is not here too. ‘Selma’ got snubbed a lot this year. 

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Laura Dern, “Wild”

Comment: I’m very sure that it would be Patricia Arquette to take this, since she is currently sweeping all supporting actress awards available. The only thing I can praise for ‘Boyhood’ (I don’t quite like this film), is Patricia’s acting. So, she deserved it. Meryl Streep again! This is her 19th nomination, so, she broke her own record of person with most Oscars nominations in history of the awards.

Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Comment: Didn’t watch ‘Whiplash’, but J.K. Simmons’ presence in the film is critically lauded until everybody knew it. No major competition for both supporting roles. Patricia for supporting actress and Simmons for supporting actor. 

Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Comment: Prefer either ‘The Imitation Game’ or ‘The Theory of Everything’. Both are great.

Writing – Original Screenplay
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”

Comment: I’m fine with any film winning this. All nominees deserved the award, but in the end, only one will win.

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”

Music – Original Score
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”

Comment: My pick is ‘The Theory of Everything’. Beautiful score! I also haven’t listen to the others, and so I’m biased towards ‘The Theory of Everything’. 

Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”

Music – Original Song
“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”
“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, “Begin Again”
“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Grateful,” “Beyond the lights”

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

Comment: I think this will be race between ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. Since ‘Gravity’, a film on outer space was still in many people’s minds winning a number of awards including this one last year, the voters may go for something different this year. That means, no more outer space please. At least in these few years. Hence, I would pick ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. 

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Our Curse”
“White Earth”
“The Reaper”

Documentary Feature
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”

Film Editing
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Sound Editing
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“American Sniper”

Sound Mixing
Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Thomas Curley, ”Whiplash”
“American Sniper”

Production Design
“Into the Woods”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Mr. Turner”

Short Film – Live Action
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“The Phone Call”

Short Film – Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“A Single Life”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”

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

Comment: This is the major surprise! A big shock! ‘The Lego Movie’ which many predicted earlier that it will not only get nominated, but also win easily is now, NOT EVEN NOMINATED! What were the Academy members thinking? ‘The Lego Movie’ is such a great and surprisingly wonderful animated film last year, and it is snubbed painfully in this only category that it has the highest chance of winning. Seriously….In this case, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ will win, since it recently took Golden Globes too. 


That’s all for the nomination list and my comments for some categories that I’m interested into. Now, let’s wait for the awards ceremony, to be held on 22nd February 2015, and to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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