Its been a couple of hours since the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards were announced, and I’ve been fumming as much as I’ve been celebrating all day. There were some great mentions (and unexpected ones), and then the Academy pulled crap that just confused the hell out of me. Before I get to that, the link to the nominations are under this text.
Let’s not beat around the bush and get to it. The films with the most nominations this morning were The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, which both had nine nominations, including Best Picture for both. I was a bit suprised that the Academy enjoyed the whimsical Wes Anderson flick, and they were even nice enough to give him a Best Director and Screenplay nomination. Speaking of Texas filmmakers, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, fresh off being the big winner from the Golden Globes, was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting for Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. It would get redundant talking about how great this film is for what is now a solid year, but this is one of the rare occasions where a truly masterful film has received all of this attention and will win Best Picture and a couple other awards that evening. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a local film from a local filmmaker.
I was also happy to see that Steve Carell was nominated for Best Actor for his chilling performance in Foxcatcher, along with Mark Ruffalo for Supporting Actor and in a surprising turn, Bennett Miller for Best Director (but not Best Picture). Now that brings us to what pissed me off about this mornings nominations. I can’t be really pissed about the lack of attention Selma got because I haven’t seen it, but just judging by the historical accuracy that the film has according to spectators (apparently they portray Lyndon Johnson in the film as somebody who didn’t want this Voting Rights Act, which as we all know is far from the truth). It did pick up a Best Picture nomination, but nothing for its director Ava DuVernay (who would’ve been the first black woman ever nominated for the award) and its lead actor David Oyelowo (who was shut out for an all white Best Actor category). Speaking of the Best Actor, I’m rather pissed that Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave a performance that was better than most of the actors nominated in Nightcrawler, was shut out. The film itself was almost completely shut out, with the exception of a Best Original Screenplay. It wasn’t in my top ten of the year, but I was rooting for the film to score a Best Picture nod because of the momentum it was picking up and it was also one of the coolest and most entertaining films of the year.
But what probably pissed me off the most this morning was that The Lego Movie, the best animated film of the year and one of the best films of the year, wasn’t even mentioned in the Best Animated Feature category (it was nominated for Best Original Song). That’s pretty stupid, since many were pegging The Lego Movie to win the award. I was also disappointed to see that Gone Girl received only one nomination for Rosamund Pike in the film, which the Academy gave its Best Adapted Screenplay nod to The Theory of Everything, one of the more bland and boring films nominated this year, in favor of Gillian Flynn’s screenplay, as well as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross‘ score and David Fincher’s direction, as well as Best Picture. Speaking of which, why the hell did they only nominate 8 films? I don’t understand why they can’t go back to ten. If we had ten nominations, there would’ve been a chance for films like Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, and many more.
Somebody on Facebook mentioned this on their status, and their was the not-so surprising but disappointing omission of Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer. It was a really juicy performance for the Oscar winner in one of the more overlooked films of 2014. But the bright side to these rather stupid nominations is that the Academy continues to be in favor of the independent and specialty films. Out of the eight films nominated, six of them are independent films not made in the traditional studio system. That’s pretty cool, I guess. And I’m hoping that Damian Chazelle can win the Best Adapted Screenplay for Whiplash, which would be very cool as well.
So those are my brief thoughts on the Oscar nominations. I say brief because I could’ve gone on for more paragraphs, and nobody wants that. What are your thoughts on the nominations? Please comment below and let me know.