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.
- “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
It’s frequently said that Best Cinematography all but decides the Best Picture winner, so by comparison:
- “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
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:
- “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
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”:
- “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
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.