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Academy Awards Post Mortem

It’s few days on and all the Oscar talk is disappearing from the media.

Of course, this is where I offer a few thoughts. So here goes:

Chris Rock – he’s done it again. Dealt with the #OscarsSoWhite issue magnificently.

Spectre – worst Bond song to win an award.

Jenny Beavan – not giving a shit about convention and letting her body of work do the talking.

Lady Gaga – such a powerful performance. Not a dry eye in the house and rightly so.

Mad Max: Fury Road – great to see the outsider win so many awards.

Dave Grohl – subdued performance which perfectly suited the In Memoriam section.

Leonardo Di Caprio – how to win an Oscar for grunting and frothing at the mouth.

Alicia Vikander – should have won for Ex Machina.

Beasts Of No Nation – criminally overlooked.

Brie Larson – you’re welcome.

Academy Award Winners

And here’s the list:

Best picture
Birdman

Best director
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman

Best actor
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best actress
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Best supporting actor
JK Simmons – Whiplash

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best original screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo – Birdman

Best adapted screenplay
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Best foreign film
Ida

Best documentary
CitizenFour

Best animation
Big Hero 6

Best original song
Glory – Selma

Best documentary short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman

Best editing
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Best sound editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper

Best sound mixing
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash

Best makeup and hair
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best original score
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best production design
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best visual effects
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar

Best costume design
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best animated short film
Feast

Best short
The Phone Call

Oscar Predictions 2015

Just for fun (and I’ll schedule this to be posted shortly before the ceremony), here are my predictions:

What I think will win

Best picture

Birdman

Best director

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best actor

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best actress

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Best supporting actor

JK Simmons – Whiplash

Best supporting actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best original screenplay

Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Best adapted screenplay
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Best foreign film

Ida

 

What I want to win

Best picture

Boyhood

Best director

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best actor*

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman

Best actress

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best supporting actor

JK Simmons – Whiplash

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Best original screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo – Birdman

Best adapted screenplay
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Best foreign film

Ida

 

 

 

*Can’t decide between these performances!

Academy Awards Nominations

And here we are, the big daddy of the awards season. I may have some thoughts at a later stage but for now, here are the nominations:

Best picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best director
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett 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
JK 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 original screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye and Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Best adapted screenplay
Jason Hall – American Sniper
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Best foreign film
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Best documentary
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Best animation
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best original song
Everything Is Awesome – The Lego Movie
Glory – Selma
Grateful – Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Going to Miss You – Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me
Lost Stars – Begin Again

Best documentary short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

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 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 sound editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock – Birdman
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Richard King – Interstellar
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro – Unbroken

Best sound mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin – American Sniper
Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and Thomas Varga – Birdman
Gary A Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten – Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño and David Lee – Unbroken
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash

Best makeup and hair
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
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Gary Yershon – Mr Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

Best production design
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald – The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis – Interstellar
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock – Into the Woods
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts – Mr Turner

Best visual effects
Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould – Guardians of the Galaxy
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

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

Best animated short film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best short
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call