Oscars Challenge 2015

It’s that time of the year again when AMPAS tell us what apparently were the best films of the past year and I as a cinephile start worrying that I’ve not seen enough of them!

So… Just as last year I will aim to review as many of them as I possibly can before the winners are announced. A few I have already seen and so will write up reviews for, many I haven’t yet seen, a few I’m not interested in seeing, and there are a few that I won’t get to see in time due to them not being available in my area or out on home release yet.

However, you can expect to see approximately one review each day up until the Academy Awards night on February 22nd, this year hosted by Neil Patrick Harris! With so many different genres in the mix and some really excellent films in all categories, especially as there are some unexpected nominees and close-run races this year rather than one or two films that are guaranteed to clean up on the night, so it’s at least a little exciting and open for fun speculation.

The full list of nominees is below and I’ll keep updating the page with links to all my reviews as I write them. The race is now on for me to get fully clued up and pass on my observations to you before the ceremony!

Hopefully this year will be Legen… wait for it, and you’d better not be lactose intolerant because the second part is… DARY!

Best Picture

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

Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, “Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

Alejandro  González Iñárritu, “Birdman
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood
Bennet Miller, “Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tydlum, “The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay

Nightcrawler
Best Foreign Film

Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature

Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
Virunga
Salt of the Earth

Best Animated Feature

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

Film Editing

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Best Song

Everything is Awesome “The Lego Movie
Glory “Selma”
Grateful “Beyond the Lights
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
Lost Stars “Begin Again

Best Cinematography

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Sound Editing

American Sniper
Bidman
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Interstellar
“Unbroken”

Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
“Unbroken”
Whiplash

Short Film, Live Action

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

Short Film, Animated

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and my Moulton
A Single Life

Documentary Short Subject

Crisis Hotline
Johanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

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