Friday, January 16, 2015
Oscar Nominations 2015
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Selma, Life Itself, David Oyelowo, The Lego Movie, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston - Not much buzz-worthy this year, and that’s a problem.