"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 SAG Awards announced!

A day after its big win at the PGA Awards, Birdman continued its run forward by winning the ensemble award at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards last night.  Although the lead actor Michael Keaton lost to The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne (who was outstanding as Professor Stephen Hawking), the rest of the awards were predictable enough as Julianne Moore (Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) all consolidated their positions as the favorites in their categories. The rest of the night held many highlights and the actors fraternity all honored each other's work in the film and television mediums.  This year's 'In Memoriam' reel was hard to watch as one by one, the greats who left us in 2014 (Lauren Bacall, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams), had me almost in tears.  Carrie Fisher presented her mother Debbie Reynolds with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in a funny and lively tribute that only she could give.  Who knew that Reynolds had such lovely voice? Time to go back and watch some older films, I say.  All in all, the SAG Awards confirmed to those watching the Oscars race that Birdman means business now. Don't count it out come Oscar night February 22nd.  Below is the full list of the film winners: 

(Photo: Voice of America)



Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)


Julianne Moore (Still Alice)


J.K Simmons (Whiplash)


Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The 2015 PGA Awards announced!

The 26th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards were held last night in Los Angeles and it's safe to say that the night's big winner has shaken up the Oscar race.  The PGA Awards are usually a good indicator of who goes on to win the Best Picture Oscar.  Yesterday, it was mostly a given that Boyhood was that frontrunner.  But instead, the award honorees last night in all three film categories proved that predicting the Oscars is going to be no easy task. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and now goes in the favorite for the Screen Actors Guild Awards being held today. The animated feature, The LEGO Movie, and the documentary on beloved film critic Roger Ebert, Life Itself, both snubbed by the Academy Awards, were recognized in their respective categories. Both films, lauded all last year, are deserved winners.  But what does this now mean for the best film?  It's a race now as Birdman and Boyhood will battle it out for best picture on February 22, 2015 at the Oscars.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producer: Dan Lin, p.g.a.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

 Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)

Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Oscar Nominations Announced!

 It's the most wonderful time of the year, it's time for the Oscar nominations! The noms this year were announced by directors JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron and Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Isaacs Boone in a slightly different manner.  This time, not everyone got the shaft, every nomination was announced live in two segments. As usual they were surprises, snubs and eventual celebrations as everyone gathered to laud the best of a year gone by. The full list of nominations with my reactions below:


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

My take: Well, well, well, now I'd say we have ourselves an Oscar race. Although with only 8 nominees, there are some movies that missing from the race. Most notably, Gone Girl and Wild, both of which featured female leads. Any surprises as why they're missing from the list? Guardians of the Galaxy was another crowd pleaser this past year, a good candidate of why popular films also deserve to be part of the conversation. I'm guessing Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, another big blockbuster, was just too much to process for the Academy voters.  And just because animated features have their own category, it doesn't mean they can't be considered for best picture. Without any competition from Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney and Warner Bros' The LEGO Movie all brought their A-game, but it wasn't enough.  Onto the actual nominees, American Sniper, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are giving Boyhood tough competition here. Boyhood only has 6 total nominations compared to Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel's 9 each. Even The Imitation Game has 8 noms. Eventually, I do think that Boyhood will walk away with the top prize. 


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

My take: The big takeaway in this category is that Bradley Cooper is a three-time nominee against four first time nominees. That's right, Cooper has scored his nominations for three straight years. Impressive indeed! All the first-timers are completely deserving of their nominations (Yay Benedict!), though I wish Miles Teller (Whiplash), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) or David Oyelowo (Selma) would have gotten some recognition as well


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
My take: How did Robert Duvall manage to sneak in? I had seen some critics correctly predicting his nomination but didn't take it seriously. Never assume in an Oscar race. J.K. Simmons has this locked down tight, but I expect Edward Norton to give him a run for his money. Ethan Hawke in Boyhood was guaranteed and I loved that Mark Ruffalo got a nom for Foxcatcher, his Dave Schulz is understated and sincere. Ruffalo's had a good 2014. 


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
My take: Is this year that Julianne Moore is finally rewarded for her long career and outstanding work in almost every film she's in?  I certainly hope so. Gone Girl's Rosemund Pike received the film's lone nomination for her role. She's amazing in it (pun intended), one of my favorite performances of the past year.  I haven't see most of these performances yet except Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything, a statement I hope to rectify soon. There was a lot of talk about Jennifer Aniston breaking through with her work in Cake but she was snubbed this year. 


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

My take: The incomparable Meryl Streep makes history once again with her 19th nomination (the most of any actor) and before I begrudge her nomination, she really was great in Into the Woods. Keira Knightley returns with her second nomination this time in the supporting category.  Laura Dern, too, earns her second nomination after 23 years! She was last nominated for Rambling Rose in 1991. Emma Stone and Patricia Arquette are both first-timers here but I don't think anyone can beat Arqueette this 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

My take: Holy Snub, Batman! The biggest shock from the nominations is the exclusion of The LEGO Movie from this category. It was a slam dunk to many. Now, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 is leading favorite. And after the sad news from Studio Ghibli that there would be no more feature films, it's wonderful to see Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya here. Been hear nothing but praise since it released.  This coming on the heels of Hayao Miyazaki's honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards is bittersweet.


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

My take: I've only seen two films in this category and already I can tell that Roger Deakins isn't going to be the favorite here. This makes me sad. I need to finish watching the rest of the nominees, especially looking forward to seeing Ida. 


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

My take: All period films nominated here no big surprise.  Really hope The Grand Budapest Hotel wins. Every one in the cast of the film had such an eclectic look. 


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

My take: The biggest surprise here is director Benett Miller's nomination.  He was previously nominated for his first film Capote (2005). Wes Anderson receives his fourth nomination but his first as best director. Morten Tyldum also gets his first best director nomination for his first English film for The Imitation Game. The real competition is between Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Richard Linklater and we all know which way the majority is leaning. Big snubs here were David Fincher for Gone Girl and Ava DuVernay for Selma. Real missed opportunities here.


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

My take: I was surprised to see the acclaimed documentry, Life Itself, on Roger Ebert not make the cut.  But the buzz in the documentary world has been mostly about CitizenFour and Virunga. I have go back and do some research on the rest of the nominees. 


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

My take: It's homework time on these shorts!


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

My take: Believe it or not, this is my favorite category at the Oscars.  What ties a movie together is the editing and sets it apart from being just a film and takes it to the great film.  That said, I'm disappointed that Gone Girl isn't here. I'd love to see The Grand Budapest Hotel or Whiplash win here but something tells me Boyhood will win.


Ida: Poland
Leviathan: Russia
Tangerines: Estonia
Timbuktu: Mauritania
Wild Tales: Argentina

My take: This is embarrassing, I haven't even one of the films here. Time to rectify that!


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

My take: This is actually a tough category.  Steve Carell's look in Foxcatcher is the most striking but the aliens of Guardians of the Galaxy vs the cast of characters in The Grand Budapest Hotel (for Tilda Swinton alone!) is the real competition.


The Grand Budapest Hotel: Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game: Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar: Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner: Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything: Jóhann Jóhannsson

My take: My second favorite category at the Oscars.  Pereninal favorites Hans Zimmer and this year a double nominee Alexander Desplat were expected but I have a feeling that the front runner is Jóhann Jóhannsson with his score for The Theory of Everything. It truly felt incandescent.  


“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

My take: How do you take a catchy song like 'Everything is Awesome' and turn into a downer? You don't nominate the film for best animated feature. *facepalm*  On the other end of the spectrum, there's Glory from Selma with the film's only other nomination.  I loved 'Lost Stars' from Begin Again and I'm kinda rooting for it, secretly hoping that Adam Levine will sing it at Oscar night.


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

My take:  Interstellar makes an appearance here with one of its few nominations (a small win for the contemporary films) but for me, it's The Grand Budapest Hotel all the way.  That powder pink hotel is forever etched in my brain (in a good way!).


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

My take: I have woefully neglected the animated shorts this past year. I definitely should mend that soon.


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

My take: Time to do some major homework. I don't recognize any of the shorts here.


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

My take: Great to see Interstellar here with its deliberate choice of silence mixed into the film's soundtrack.  Something tells me that American Sniper and Birdman are the favorites in the sound categories here.


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

My take: Love that Whiplash got nominated here. Watch the film to see how cleverly it weaved the music into the narrative. Really hoping that it will eventually win.


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

My take: The only time Hollywood blockbusters (all of them have grossed over $100 million) get any love is this category.  One of these films has an ace up its sleeve called Andy Serkis. Who do you think will win now?


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

My take: Not seeing Gillian Flynn's name here for Gone Girl really hurts. The film was textbook adaption done right, maybe because Flynn adapted her own book. I tell myself that even Citizen Kane didn't win any Oscars and move on.  For me, the clear cut winner now is Damien Chazelle's screenplay for Whiplash.


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

My take: Once again, this one's between The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman. I wonder if having so many screenwriters will hurt the film's chances. Most of the previous winners have been solo writers. 

The 87th annual Oscar awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be given out on February 22, 2015. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 DGA Nominations announced!

The Director's Guild of America announced their list of the five best directors of the past year and they are, without much fanfare, Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).  There was so much chatter a couple of months ago that the best director race this year would feature not one but two women vying for the title.  Come February and it's still a man's world.  Both Ava DuVernay's Selma and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken haven't received as much love as they would have liked.  Still in the last couple of years, the DGA noms have differed from the Oscars so let's see how this holds.  Meanwhile, The Imitation Game is definitely back in the race and things are beginning to look a bit shaking for Foxcatcher and Gone Girl who were hoping to gain some momentum here.  All eyes are now tuned into the Oscar nominations this Thursday.  The DGA honor will be announced on February 7, 2015. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Trailer: Spy (2015)

Director Paul Feig and his frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy are trying being spies this time around. After the very, very successful Bridesmaids and The Heat, the director-actress duo are surrounded by Jude Law, Alison Janney, Rose Bryne and Jason Statham as they tackle the world of spies.  McCarthy is Susan Cooper, the CIA's top analyst, who has to step up when all of their agents' secret identities are exposed.  Who's the only one to rise to the occasion?  Much hilarity ensues as Susan tries to figure out the spy game.  This trailer looks hilarious and Melissa always makes me laugh. Spy releases May 22, 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron New Trailer!

They're back! The wildly popular gang of superheroes return in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron where we see more of the new enemy they face.  Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) are all up against Ultron and the relentless army he's created. Besides the glimpses at the other new characters in the film, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the big matchup in this trailer is the Hulk going up against the... Hulkbuster??? What have been creating in your spare time, Tony Stark? What did you think of the second Avengers trailer? Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron reassembles May 1, 2015 worldwide.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The 2015 Golden Globes Winners Announced!

The 72nd annual Golden Globes were held last night and while no one film dominated throughout, several managed to get their presence felt. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were back for the third and final time to host the wildest party in Hollywood, except they were gone for most of the evening. We needed more of the duo the last time around. The Cecil B. DeMille award honoree this year was George Clooney who bounced back nicely after Monuments Men tanked.  He was introduced by two longtime friends, Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle, who argued amongst each other on who was the better friend.  Clooney gave a great speech, talking about everything from actors lost in the past year (Laura Bacall and Robin Williams) to free speech in Paris.

Boyhood, with three big wins for Best Film - Drama,  Director, and Supporting Actress, put its foot forward as the Oscar frontrunner. Other awards worthy films like Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game didn't win a single award and others like Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel showed that they're competitors again.  As for the actors, Julianne Moore, for Still Alice, looks to be on course I hope for her first ever Oscar. She's long overdue. Michael Keaton, for Birdman, and Eddie Redmayne, for The Theory of Everything, are also serious contenders for Best Actor now. But then I think so was Leonardo DiCaprio last year with The Wolf of Wall Street. He wasn't able to replicate his Golden Globes success.

Two big surprises of the night came in the animated feature and foreign film categories. How To Train Your Dragon 2, to my pleasant surprise, won the big honor right on the heels of its BAFTAs snub. The LEGO Movie has some competition. So does Ida as Russia's Leviathan won best foreign film.  The stage has been set for the rest of the awards, SAG, Critics Awards, BAFTAs to show what they've got and of course, let's not forget the grand daddy of them all, the Oscars announces its own nominations this Thursday. Get ready!

Here's the full list of winners in film below:

Best director

Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava Duvernay, Selma
Alejandro González Iñárritu
David Fincher, Gone Girl

Best motion picture drama


The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St Vincent

Best actress in a motion picture drama

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best actor in a motion picture drama

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma

Best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical

Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, Birdman
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best animated feature film

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero Six
The Book of Life
The Lego Movie

Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best original song

Glory, John Legend and Common (Selma)
Big Eyes, Lana del Rey (Big Eyes)
Mercy Is, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (Noah)
Opportunity, Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, and Will Gluck (Annie)
Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1)

Best original score

Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best supporting actor in a Motion Picture

JK Simmons, Whiplash
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best foreign language film

Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines Madanriinid (Estonia)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 BAFTA nominations announced!

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well, not really, but the nominations for the 68th Annual BAFTAs are in and they're a doozy. I already see lots of snubs and omissions: Unbroken, Selma, Mr. Turner all have been denied a nomination. Smaller movies and movies that didn't just release only last month have also been rewarded quite nicely as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Nightcrawler all earned nods today.

I was delighted to see Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox score a nomination in Film Not in English Language category. Hindi films have had some success landing nominations in this category before. And I'm equally pleased to see The Grand Budapest Hotel getting so much love (leading the pack with 11 nominations!). Now that I think about it, it was one of my favorite films last year. But I was definitely surprised to see that How To Train Your Dragon 2 was left out in Best Animated film category, it sure seems like The LEGO Movie is going to have a clear path to the podium, unless Laika's utterly charming The Boxtrolls has something to say about that.

In a year that hasn't had much clear consensus except for the praise that Boyhood has been receiving, the Best Picture category does seem like it could be anyone's guess.  We'll see how it all works out next week when the Oscar noms are announced.  Get ready everyone, awards season is full swing!

Here are the full list of nominations for the BAFTAs:

Best film

Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Outstanding British film

’71 Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke

The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore

Paddington Paul King, David Heyman

Pride Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford

The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Elaine Constantine (writer/director) Northern Soul

Gregory Burke (writer), Yann Demange (director) ’71

Hong Khaou (writer/director) Lilting

Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew Lotbinière (producer) Kajaki: The True Story

Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride

Film not in the English language

Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska

Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov

The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga

Trash Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier

Two Days, One Night Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd


20 Feet from Stardom Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen

20,000 Days on Earth Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Finding Vivian Maier John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Virunga Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

Animated film

Big Hero 6 Don Hall, Chris Williams

The Boxtrolls Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman

Richard Linklater Boyhood

Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Marsh The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle Whiplash

Original screenplay

Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bó

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Adapted screenplay

American Sniper Jason Hall

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

The Imitation Game Graham Moore

Paddington Paul King

The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton Birdman

Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading actress
Amy Adams Big Eyes

Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore Still Alice

Reese Witherspoon Wild

Rosamund Pike Gone Girl

Supporting actor

Edward Norton Birdman

Ethan Hawke Boyhood

JK Simmons Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo Foxcatcher

Steve Carell Foxcatcher

Supporting actress

Emma Stone Birdman

Imelda Staunton Pride

Keira Knightley The Imitation Game

Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Rene Russo Nightcrawler

Original music

Birdman Antonio Sánchez

The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar Hans Zimmer

The Theory of Everything Jóhann Jóhannsson

Under the Skin Mica Levi


Birdman Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman

Ida Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski

Interstellar Hoyte van Hoytema

Mr Turner Dick Pope


Thanks to a tie in voting in this category, there are six nominations.

Birdman Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

The Grand Budapest Hotel Barney Pilling

The Imitation Game William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler John Gilroy

The Theory of Everything Jinx Godfrey

Whiplash Tom Cross

Production design

Big Eyes Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau

The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

The Imitation Game Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald

Interstellar Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

Mr Turner Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Costume design

The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

The Imitation Game Sammy Sheldon Differ

Into the Woods Colleen Atwood

Mr Turner Jacqueline Durran

The Theory of Everything Steven Noble

Make-up and hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon

Guardians of the Galaxy Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

Into the Woods Peter Swords King, J Roy Helland

Mr Turner Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener

The Theory of Everything Jan Sewell

Birdman Thomas Varga, Martin Hernández, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño

American Sniper Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak

The Imitation Game John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Special visual effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett

Guardians of the Galaxy Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White

Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

X-Men: Days of Future Past Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

British short animation

The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Monkey Love Experiments Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson

My Dad Marcus Armitage

British short film

Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Emotional Fusebox Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard

The Kármán Line Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp

Slap Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland

Three Brothers Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

The EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Jack O’Connell

Margot Robbie

Miles Teller

Shailene Woodley
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