Friday, January 16, 2015

Oscar Nominations 2015


Best Picture:

American Sniper - Not wild about it.

Birdman - One of the most creative in years.

Boyhood - 12-year project, brilliantly conceived... will most likely win.

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Loved it. Funny, quirky, nostalgic.

The Imitation Game - Good, although not quite great.

Selma - Powerful, but won’t recover from reshaping history.

The Theory of Everything - “My Left Foot”-style performance by Eddie Redmayne

Whiplash - Music/ambition/talent/abuse. One of the year’s most thrilling.

Best Actor:

Steve Carrell, “Foxcatcher”- I don’t get this. A one note performance.

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” - I don’t get this either. Another one note role. By the way, I think Cooper got the slot that should have gone to David Oyelowo. Cooper’s a good actor. Oyelowo’s a rising star, and does excellent work in the fine movie “A Most Violent Year.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” - Good, but not great.

Michael Keaton, “Birdman” - I’d like to see him win.

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”  - Amazing physical performance.

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night” - Former Oscar winner. Very talented.

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything” - She held her own.

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” - Will probably win, in spite of so-so script.

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl” - I loved it! Would love to see her win.

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” - Yeah, yeah.

(Some thought Jennifer Aniston would get a nomination for “Cake.” I’ve seen it and it’s so-so.)

Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall, “The Judge” - He’s great, but the movie stunk.

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood” - He’s great, and the movie’s great.

Edward Norton, “Birdman” - He’s tremendous, and so is the movie.

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher” - He’s great, but the movie stunk.

J.K.Simmons, “Whiplash” - He’s tremendous, and the movie’s thrilling.

Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”- A great performance.

Laura Dern, “Wild” - Yeah, yeah.

Emma Stone, “Birdman” - Big things ahead for her.

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” - Big things ahead for her too.

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods” - Predictable.

Director:

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” - Amazing!

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” - Great idea done well.

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” - This slot should have gone to Ava DuVernay for “Selma.” She created a powerful drama, but lost the slot because of the controversy over historic accuracy. The lack of a slot for Angelina Jolie is no big loss for “Unbroken,” a great story, poorly told.

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” - Love his style. Might pull an upset.

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game” - Workmanlike.

Snubs:

Selma, Life Itself, David Oyelowo, The Lego Movie, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston - Not much buzz-worthy this year, and that’s a problem.