The 87th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films do you still need to see?

Some of the pleasant surprises for me included nominations for both Me and My Moulton and Butterlamp in the shorts categories. As for the shocking omissions, I would have to say it was the fact that neither Life Itself nor The Overnighters received nominations in the Best Documentary category was surprising. The same can be said for the lack of love for Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and David Oyelowo (Selma) in the Best Actor category. In regards to the latter, Ana DuVernay’s lack of a Best Director nomination was somewhat expected, as she did not receive a DGA nod, but still disappointing.

You can find the full list of nominees below:

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

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”

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”

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

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

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

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”


  1. all i know is that Best Pic for American Sniper and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper are jokes. those are nominations given purely because of “the name” (both Eastwood and Cooper)

    1. While I enjoyed American Sniper, flaws and all, I do agree that its nominations feel a little too safe. There are other films/actors that were more deserving of those nominee spots.

  2. I’m stoked to be able to say that not only have I seen one of the Animated Short nominees, but that I reviewed it too, and it’s a great little film.

  3. I’m not upset with Best Pic noms..they are fine. Best Actor – I would have taken out 2 and added in the much overlooked Tom Hardy for Locke & Chadwick Boseman for Get on Up.. Actress..no Reese or Marion for me though it was a sorely lacking category to begin with so I’m not going to freak over it. Other than that I think they got it somewhat right. There is ALWAYS going to be pics that someone liked or didn’t like that don’t/do get nominated. it’s the law of averages.. ha!

    1. Good call on Tom Hardy for Locke, I thought he did a fantastic job in the film. Unfortunately the film was simply too “small” for the Academy to take notice. I have not seen Get on Up yet but I intend to seek that one soon. Speaking of filling in gaps, the Best Actress category is the one area where I need to catch up on the films the most.

  4. An interesting and unusual year of Oscar nominations. The obvious first – where is The Lego Movie, Gyllenhaal, and Oyelowo (as you mentioned)? Both deserved a spot at the Best Actor’s table. And I can’t believe Force Majeure wasn’t included in the Best Foreign Language category.

    1. While I agree with you on Force Majeure, Gyllenhaal and Oyelowo, I must admit that I am glad The Lego Movie did not make the cut. Although the majority of the world loved that movie, it just did not do it for me. I thought How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya were far better films. I plan on checking out Big Hero 6 this weekend.

      1. I can certainly respect your take on The Lego Movie. Movies effect different people differently. I think thats one of the things I love most about them.

  5. I’m just happy Marion got nominated but I’m not happy that Gone Girl, Ralph Fiennes, and The Lego Movie didn’t get any major nods.

    1. Fiennes was brilliant in Grand Budapest Hotel, but comedic performances rarely get Oscar love. I was shocked that Gone Girl did not get a Best Picture nod…I guess it was too dark for voters.

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