A Slightly Biased & Minimally Informed Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominations

I have loved the Academy Awards for many years now. Back in 1997 my world was turned upside down by Titanic and in March 1998 I watched my first full Oscar broadcast. I watched the show that night and probably once a week for the next year. That VHS tape is still in my parents basement.

Titanic took home 11 statues from the 70th annual Academy Awards and since then I’ve become a little obsessed with the Oscars. I can spout off who’s had the most nomination (All About Eve and Titanic with 14) and most wins (Ben-Hur, Titanic and Return of the King with 11) off the top of my head. I find myself always wanting to see nominated films (though I often fail drastically). I find myself watching every award show leading up to Oscar night. I find myself reading every news article and blog post I can in an attempt to be informed. I find myself partaking in fun Oscar Night Drinking Games!

I love the Oscars and I always try my best to be informed, but I am still a fangirl. And as a fangirl, I probably have some different ideas than the more professional movie folk out there. As opposed to the previous A Completely Biased & Uninformed Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominations, I offer My Slightly Biased and Minimally Informed Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominations.

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

NNNOOOOO!!! No Lego Movie!!! What?!?!?! I think the internet was most upset over this one. Seriously though, I was pretty skeptical when I went to see this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. The Lego Movie is awesome. Based on these nominations it definitely has to be Disney. Big Hero 6 was adorable and Disney always wins in my heart. Plus HTTYD2 was nowhere near as good as the first.

Fangirl Me: Big Hero 6
Realistic Me: Big Hero 6 better win this!

2015 Oscar Nominations Best Animated Movie Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Emma Stone and Keira Knightley are two of my absolute favourites. I just adore them. I haven’t seen either of their films but based on previous work I’d probably pick Keira. She plays historical characters just so well! Elizabeth Bennett, Elizabeth Swan and Anna Karenina for the win!

Fangirl Me: Keira Knightley ❤️
Realistic Me: It’ll be Patricia Arquette for sure

2015 Oscar Nominations Best Supporting ActressActor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Hmmm…I’m not exceptionally attached to any of these nominees. But Mark Ruffalo is the Hulk which earns him some points. But did you know Edward Norton was also the Hulk? I also think he gets some points for being cuter than Mark Ruffalo. That’s enough to make me choose him.

Fangirl Me: Edward Norton
Realistic Me: J.K Simmons has won a few things leading up to this, so it’ll likely be him.

2015 Oscar Nominations Best Supporting ActorActress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

I’ve seen and loved Gone Girl. Rosamund Pike was amazingly crazy, but she’s probably not going to win this one. Big surprise here that Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston were snubbed; I probably would have voted for Giselle or Rachel. I still have Elle Woods and President Coin though. I just had to look up what else Marion Cotillard and Felicity Jones has been in. Thinking back I do recall Marion in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises but I have absolutely no memory of Felicity in The Amazing Spiderman 2 or an episode of Doctor Who. Doctor Who is the closest to my heart, but based on all that it has to be Elle Woods.

Fangirl Me: Reese Witherspoon
Realistic Me: Pretty sure Julianne Moore is going to runaway with this one

2015 Oscar Nominations Best ActressActor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

This is probably the hardest category for a fangirl to predict. Seriously, it’s Sherlock versus Les Mis. Those are two of my favourite things! Yes Bradley Cooper was a bit of a surprise nomination here, and in a lot of cases I would choose Mr. Cooper (he is a dreamy fellow) but here I have to go with the soundtrack I’ve been singing along to for two years now. Seriously, I still sing Les Mis at least once a week in my car, “Oh, my friends! My friends, don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for! Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends shall sing no more.”

Fangirl Me: Eddie Redmayne, swoon ❤️
Realistic Me: It’ll probably be Michael Keaton here, but there’s still a chance for Eddie Redmayne so I choose him

2015 Oscar Nominations Best Actor

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”

Alright, I’m actually quite interested in a lot of these films. At this point I’ve only see The Grand Budapest Hotel but I have plans to see The Theory of Everything and I’m almost positive I’ll see The Imitation Game in the upcoming weeks. I do want to see Birdman and Boyhood but I have a feeling they’ll fall into that category of Oscar films I never got around to seeing. I’m pretty sure one of those last two is going to take it but I would love to see The Grand Budapest Hotel win. That movie was quirky and fun and ridiculous and something different. I think it’d be nice to see the Academy reward it.

Fangirl Me: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Realistic Me: Boyhood 2015 Oscar Nominations Best PictureAnd just some quick predictions for the rest to see how I do in this:

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

This category received a lot of hate when announced. Where are the women? Both Ava DuVernay for “Selma” and Angelina Jolie for “Unbroken” should have been nominated. But that aside, have I seen any other movies these men have directed?? Yup, after looking them all up I think the only movie I’ve seen from any of these directors is School of Rock. I’m not sure if that’s exactly an Oscar caliber film. But that would give my vote to Richard Linklater and I don’t particularly want to do that. Instead I’ll give it to Wes Anderson because I would like to see some of his other films.

Fangirl Me: Wes Anderson
Realistic Me: Pretty sure Richard Linklater wins this one. Filming one film for twelve years shows some great dedication, or some great procrastination skills.

Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Fangirl Me: The Grand Budapest Hotel, because I think it was beautifully shot
Realistic Me: Probably Birdman, I’ve heard great things specifically about this films cinematography

Costume Design
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
Fangirl Me: I contemplated sewing Cinderella’s dress from Into the Woods, therefore it definitely gets my vote
Realistic Me: Probably The Grand Budapest Hotel

Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Virunga”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
Fangirl Me: I read a quick sentence on each nominee and my heart is telling me to go with Virunga. It’s about saving Gorillas in the midst of civil war in the Congo. Sounds like something I’d like to see! Save the animals!
Realistic Me: Citizenfour, focusing on Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”
Fangirl Me: I don’t think I want to see any of these. They all sound rather depressing. White Earth is about oil, that’s probably the closest to my heart here
Realistic Me: I have absolutely no idea. Crisis Hotline: Vetrans Press 1 sounds the most moving and depressing so let’s go with that

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”
Fangirl Me: Still gonna choose The Grand Budapest Hotel
Realistic Me: Boyhood for sure

Foreign Language Film
“Ida”
“Leviathan”
“Tangerines”
“Wild Tales”
“Timbuktu”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: Ida, about Jews and the Holocaust and shot in black and white. I kinda want to see this one. It’s the only one on the list I have any interest in seeing

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”
Gone Girl should have been nominated here for sure. I didn’t know some of these were adapted screenplays, might check that out.
Fangirl Me: The Theory of Everything simply because I think I’m going to love it
Realistic Me: The Imitation Game because I think the Academy likes is better than The Theory of Everything

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”
Fangirl Me: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Realistic Me: This is a tough one, all the big movies were original! I’m going to go with Boyhood here.

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”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: The Theory of Everything, it won the Golden Globe so there’s a chance

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: Guardians of the Galaxy because characters were different colours in this film!

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”
Fangirl Me: ‘Everything is Awesome’, because it’s the only one I own and listen to on repeat
Realistic Me: ‘Glory’ has won everything up to now so it should easily win

Visual Effects
“Interstellar”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Captain America: Winter Soldier”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: Guardians of the Galaxy because being the highest grossing film of the year will give it a boost

Sound Editing
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
Fangirl Me: The Hobbit! Sound was pretty good during that 8.5 hour marathon!
Realistic Me: Birdman, I want to vote for The Hobbit just because but it’s never going to win

Sound Mixing
Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Thomas Curley, ”Whiplash”
“Unbroken”
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: Birdman

Production Design
“Into the Woods”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Interstellar”
“The Imitation Game”
“Mr. Turner”
Fangirl Me: Into the Woods! Because that was a pretty cool forest world
Realistic Me: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Short Film – Live Action
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Aya”
“Butterlamp”
“Parvenah”
“The Phone Call”
Fangirl Me: Boogaloo and Graham is apparently about two boys in Belfast and their chickens, how adorable!
Realistic Me: The Phone Call sounds intense

Short Film – Animated
“Feast”
“The Bigger Picture”
“A Single Life”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”
Fangirl and Realistic Me: Feast because it’s the only one I’ve seen! And it was adorable and again, Disney always wins in my heart.

Thanks for reading! We’ll see how I do on February 22nd!

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