The Oscar nominations were announced today. Many of them were expected, but there were also (as every year) some pretty big snubs...
Of course Boyhood and Birdman were the dominant films with 6 & 9 (!) nominations each, including Best Picture. The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash and American Sniper (surprise there), are the rest of the films nominated in the Best Picture category. Big Eyes and (thankfully) Foxcather were missing.
In the Actor in a Leading Role category, I was surprised to see Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and not Ralph Fiennes, so the battle seems to be battle between the two Golden Globe winners: Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). Jennifer Anniston and Amy Adams were nowhere to be seen in the Actress in a Leading Role category, with already Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, again nominated for Two Days, One Night (did not see this one coming). Surprised to see Rosamund Pike nominated, not because I did not think she was brilliant in Gone Girl, but because this role typically is traditionally snubbed by the Academy. The rest nominees are Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore for Still Alice (Oscar alert!) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
The Supporting Actor Category nominations are identical to the Golden Globes, making it almost certain that J.K. Simmons will take home the Oscar and the Supporting Actress Category again is the same as the Globes, with only difference Jessica Chastain who has been replaced by Academy favorite Laura Dern for Wild.
In the Best Direction category, the Academy snubbed David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Ava DuVernay (Selma) and instead included Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).
You may see the full list of nominations here: http://oscar.go.com/nominees
Other big snubs? Big Eyes, Unbroken, The Lego Movie and of course Selma. This was by far the biggest absence, with only two nomications and David Oyewolo (portaying Dr. Martin Luther King on the film) losing the spot to Bradley Cooper....
Sharing some first projections, my money is on Boyhood for both Best Picture & Best Direction, Keaton and Moore for the leading roles, Simmons and Arquette for the supporting roles. Of course, the race has just began and many might change until February the 22nd! Let's wait and see!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....