Oscar Awards 2015 Nominees - The Snubs & Surprises

Oscar Awards 2015 Nominees, the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards, have been announced! 'Birdman' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' led all Oscars 2015 nominees, each with 9 nods, followed by 'The Imitation Game', with 8.

As in every year of the Oscar Awards, there are once again nomination snubs and surprises this 2015. Who got snubbed with a nomination? Who were the surprising nominees? Let's find them out one by one:

In the BEST PICTURE category, announced as nominees were: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash - only 8 nominees, as against 9 the past 3 years.

All 8 nominees though are kinda expected, but if only they accommodated one more slot, it could have possibly been 'The Nightcrawler', which I think deserves to join the list. Top favorite to win in this category is 'Boyhood'.

BEST DIRECTOR nominees are Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman, Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game and Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher.

Miller is already the surprising nominee here, but not that much. Other alternates would have been Damien Chazelle for "Whiplash" and Ava DuVernay for "Selma". I predict Boyhood director Linklater will win this.

Fighting it out as BEST ACTOR are first-time nominees except for one: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for
Birdman and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Surprising nominee is Cooper, though not that much and he's the only non-1st timer in the group. It's in fact already his 3rd consecutive Oscar Best Actor nomination. I feel sad that Jake Gyllenhaal was the one snubbed here, along with David Oyelowo for 'Selma'. I love the movie 'The Nightcrawler' and Jake's performance there.

It's gonna be a tight competition for the award between Keaton and Redmayne, who both won at the Golden Globes 2015 respectively as Best Actor - Comedy or Musical and Best Actor - Comedy. I won't mind if it's the 63-year-old Keaton (his very first Oscar award if ever), but I would love it more if it's Redmayne to complete his awesome acting achievements at a young age of 33: he already won a Golden Globe, an Olivier, a Tony and hopefully, an Oscar award.

The BEST ACTRESS category on one hand is actually the least exciting for the main reason that Julianne Moore is believed to be the runaway winner here for her performance as a psychology professor suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease in 'Still Alice'. It's her 5th time to get nominated (never won in the past) and this time is up against Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl and Reese Witherspoon for Wild.

Witherspoon and Cotillard already won an Oscar in 2005 and 2007 respectively, while Jones and Pike are first timers. A minor surprise, Cotillard spoiled Jennifer Aniston's would have been 1st ever Oscar nomination (for the movie 'Cake') and also Amy Adams' would have been 3rd consecutive Oscar nod (for 'Big Eyes', which earned for her a Best Actress - Musical or Comedy award at the Golden Globes).

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR category meanwhile has the most ideal line-up of contenders: Robert Duvall for The Judge (his 7th Oscar nomination), Ethan Hawke for Boyhood (his 2nd Oscar acting nod), Edward Norton for Birdman (his 3rd, so happy for him!), Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (his 2nd) and J.K. Simmons for Whiplash, the only first-time nominee in this group. Simmons won at the Golden Globes, but personally, I would be happier if it's Norton.

Meryl Streep once again broke her own record of having the most Oscar nominations ever when she got nominated for the 19th time as BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS for the witch role she portrayed in 'Into The Woods'. Her co-nominees are no match to her achievements: first-timers Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Emma Stone for Birdman, 2nd-timers Laura Dern for Wild and Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game. However, Streep isn't the top choice by many to win her. It's Arquette. Dern is the surprising nominee here (but not really). Got snubbed with a nomination was Jessica Chastain for "A Most Violent Year".

No major surprises and snubs actually in the 2015 Oscars acting nominations, just minor ones, as all of them, those in the categories I've mentioned, are deserving to get nominated. But the BIGGEST surprise actually is that the nominees lack diversity, that no black people got a single nomination in acting and even directing categories - the reason why the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on Twitter since the nominees were announced. It was also a big surprise why 'The Lego Movie' wasn't nominated as Best Animated Film.

Here are the rest of the nominees, among them are fan favorites and box-office hits like 'Interstellar' (5 nods), Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' (3 nods), 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Big Hero 6', "Captain America; The Winter Soldier', "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', 'The Lego Movie', 'Maleficent' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

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

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris
Jr, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

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

Best Documentary Feature:
Last Days in Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Original Song:
"Everything Is Awesome," The Lego Movie
"Glory," Selma
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
"Lost Stars," Begin Again
"Grateful," Beyond the Lights

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

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

Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
The Phone Call
Butter Lamp

Best Documentary Short:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

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

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper

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

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

The Oscar Awards 2015 winners will be revealed on February 22 during the awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. - Mykiru.ph

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