Oscar Nominations Reaction

The Oscars are Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 8 p.m. ET. Neil Patrick Harris is the host. He will be a good one. Some things to think about coming out of the nominations:

-Selma did not get snubbed for best director. The movie is overlong and slow at points. It’s an accomplishment of sentiment and acting, not its direction. Those on director Ava DuVernay’s bandwagon — let’s face it, mostly because she’s black — need a reality check.

-Glad to see “The Imitation Game,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Whiplash” get all the attention they did, including best picture noms.

-Even now, three months later, the ending of Birdman is still so confounding and infuriating that to me it’s more than enough reason to not give the film a best picture, director and screenplay nomination, all of which it did indeed receive.

-I thought Unbroken would be nominated for best picture. I was wrong.

-For shame to the Academy for only one Gone Girl nomination, best actress for Rosamund Pike. She is fantastic and this is well-deserved, but the film is fantastic as well. I thought it was in line for picture, director and adapted screenplay.

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-This is Meryl Streep’s 19th acting nominations, far and away a record. But I bet even she’d tell you her work in "Into the Woods" was nothing special, and certainly is not better than Jessica Chastain in “A Most Violent Year,” who got snubbed.

-Everything is not awesome for The Lego Movie, which didn’t get a best animated film nod. It should have. Cut out one of the two foreign movies nobody’s heard of and put “The Lego Movie” in and I guarantee TV ratings go up. ("The Lego Movie's" “Everything is Awesome” was nominated for best song.)

-American Sniper is overrated in every way imaginable. Cooper’s performance is good, but not better than Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler or David Oyelowo in “Selma.”

-Relatedly, the adapted screenplay category is a total joke. “American Sniper” was a structural mess, and I dare any member of the Academy to tell me what the hell was actually going on in Inherent Vice. Those nominations should’ve gone to Gillian Flynn for “Gone Girl” and Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for The Fault in Our Stars.

-Robert Duvall is nominated for supporting actor for The Judge, making him at age 84 the oldest actor ever nominated in this category. Doesn’t matter, though: J.K. Simmons has already cleared space on his mantle and rightfully so, because this award is already his for Whiplash.

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-Curiously, Foxcatcher received five nominations, including Steve Carell (actor), Mark Ruffalo (supporting actor) and director Bennett Miller, but it was not nominated for best picture. I thought it was a good movie with great performances all around.

-The following categories need to be given out a different night in order to spare us winners we don’t care about winning awards we don’t care about: Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Live Action Short, Animated Short, and Documentary Short. In the very least, don’t let these people give acceptance speeches.

-The early best picture favorite remains Boyhood, which is also the favorite for best director and editing.

-For fun, here’s how gambling site Bovada is breaking down the major categories:

Best Picture             
Boyhood                                              1/14
The Grand Budapest Hotel                     12/1
Birdman                                               14/1
Selma                                                   18/1
The Imitation Game                                20/1
Theory of Everything                             25/1
Whiplash                                               50/1
American Sniper                                    50/1
Best Director           
Richard Linklater - Boyhood                                           1/14
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman                              13/2
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher                                             25/1
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game                               25/1
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel                    25/1
Best Actor                
Michael Keaton - Birdman                                              4/5
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything                  1/1
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game                   12/1
Steve Carrell - Foxcatcher                                              25/1
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper                                  33/1

Best Actress            
Julianne Moore - Still Alice                                             1/20
Reese Witherspoon - Wild                                              10/1
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl                                            20/1
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything                       20/1
Marion Cotillard - Two Days One Night                           33/1
Best Supporting Actor         
JK Simmons - Whiplash                                                 1/18
Edward Norton - Birdman                                               9/1
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher                                             12/1
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood                                                20/1
Robert Duvall - The Judge                                             33/1
Best Supporting Actress     
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood                                           1/25
Emma Stone - Birdman                                                  12/1
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game                              20/1
Laura Dern - Wild                                                           20/1
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods                                        25/1


The full list of nominees is below. Thank you as always,
Best motion picture of the year
“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”
Best animated feature film of the year
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in cinematography
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in directing
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum
Best documentary feature
“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Best documentary short subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen
Achievement in film editing
“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash” Tom Cross
Best foreign language film of the year
“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Achievement in production design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts
Best animated short film
“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins
Best live action short film
“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Achievement in sound editing
“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
Achievement in sound mixing
“American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Achievement in visual effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
Adapted screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle
Original screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

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