The nominations for the 2015 Oscars were announced early this morning. While we won’t get into the particulars of who got snubbed (Gone Girl *cough* *cough*) and such, we’ll cover the nominations most applicable to our industry, such as how the nominations compare with the ASC awards, the Film Editing nominations, and so forth.
It’s frequently said that Best Cinematography all but decides the Best Picture winner, so by comparison:
So, the bolded titles indicate the two nominated for both Best Picture and Cinematography, while the italics show who also has a ASC Award nomination. Also of interesting note,”Birdman” and “Unbroken” used Zeiss Master Primes, as did the “The Imitation Game” though it wasn’t nominated for a Cinematography Oscar.
Best Director, by comparison to the other two, naturally almost mirrors Best Picture:
The only two not recognized by the ASC here are “Boyhood” and “Foxcatcher”, the former of which seems to be the underdog favorite to win against the dual powerhouses of “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.
As for Film Editing, the nominees are all found on the Best Picture list as well, and identical to the Best Director list, swapping out “Foxcatcher” for “Whiplash”:
I did my best to find out what editing suites were used on each film, but this info seems rather difficult to come by. The only info I could find wat that “Boyhood” editor Sandra Adair used Avid Media Composer, as her and Linklater wanted a program that would stand the test of time for the 12 year long production.
So what do you think? Can you think of any snubs or are all these nominees spot on? Let us know what you think, and tune into the Academy Awards on February 22.