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January 15, 2015

Oscar Nominations Released And Guess What, There's Snubs


The Oscar nominations happen every year at the crack of dawn in a secret location very far underground in a poorly lit, Wi-Fi–less, damp cave (I’m assuming). But why? Easy, because they are afraid of the snubs rising up against them. Every year the snubs grow a little stronger, become a little more powerful and, frankly, the Academy is too yella to just face them and simply say, “We deem you NOT GOOD ENOUGH!” like grown adults should when they are judging and ranking art as if it is a college football team.

The Snub Army™ grew by a few more this morning when Selma was only nominated for Best Picture and Best Song. Also, only white men and women were nominated in the actor categories, Gone Girl was left off the best adapted screenplay list, and Jake Gyllenhaal was snubbed for his role in Nightcrawler.

Every year it breaks my heart to see all these snubs get their bad news only to be left with nothing to take their frustration out on. So I am proposing: Next year we will hold an American Gladiators–style competition between the Academy and everyone who thought they got snubbed. My money this year would be on Jake Gyllenhaal (yes, people will be betting money on who wins), I feel like he’d be good at that one where they swing from ropes and try to knock the gladiators off a podium.

The list of total nominations per movie looks like this:

Grand Budapest Hotel - 9
Birdman - 9
The Imitation Game - 8
Boyhood - 6
American Sniper - 6
Whiplash - 5
Interstellar - 5
Foxcatcher - 5

And here are the rest of the nominees (I didn’t list the snubs because I didn’t wanna make them even angrier):

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

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater,BoyhoodBennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum,The Imitation Game

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 Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Robert Yeoman,The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr.Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida, Poland
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines, Estonia
Timbuktu, Mauritania
Wild Tales, Argentina

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier,The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White,Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best 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

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the SeaThe Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, American Sniper
Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Barney Pilling,The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg,The Imitation Game
Tom Cross,Whiplash

Best 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
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman, 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

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman, 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

Best 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 FisherX-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Best Documentary — Feature
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive,Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran,Mr. Turner