Tuesday, February 24, 2015

87th Academy Awards Winners

The American Awards season is over BUT we know that the World Award Season continues with more awards to come from all over the world. Good.

Can't say that enjoyed the TV Show (but really enjoyed Twitter while the awards ceremony was on) and well, by now, I accept that no matter who won what in most major categories, this was going to be a "B" year for the Oscars and it was, sigh.

The industry honored Birdman over Boyhood or Budapest, a result that again shows how far away are those that do movies from those that review movies and watch movies. But fact is that all the eight Best Picture nominees got at least one award and that's about the only positive thing I could say about this year Oscars.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied with four awards each, followed by Whiplash with 3 and the rest, including Boyhood, American Sniper, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Interstellar, with one each. So in a way this year the wealth was spread over a few films.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners at official site go here.

For the first time ever the Academy announced the 24 categories LIVE and can't deny that was exciting even when announcers read nominees quite fast (for me) but caught the most pleasant surprises quite fast.

The biggest surprise -and I got really excited when I heard the live announcement- is Marion Cotillard being honored for her magnificent performance in Dardenne Brothers Two Days, One Night (can't understand why movie didn't got a nod in foreign-language film category) but also got surprised with Ida getting a nomination in cinematography (the most beautiful cinematography I've seen during 2014), Laura Dern, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Wim Wenders getting a nod in the documentary category. Meryl Streep nomination made me laugh loud but I was expecting her to get another nomination as well as was expecting a little short film that simply looks awesome: La Lampe au Beurre de Yak to get selected from the 10 shortlisted. Great!

Know that there are too many snubs starting with the Best Picture category as only eight (8) films, out of the 10 possible, got a nomination, so there are many that pundits were expecting with a nod and didn't get one. But all about snubs will come in a different post where will analyze more in-depth the nominations.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead pack with nine (9) nominations each followed by The Imitation Game with eight (8), Boyhood and American Sniper with six (6) each, and Foxcatcher, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash with five (5) each.

Feature Films

Best Picture
American Sniper, USA
*Birdman, USA and Canada
Boyhood, USA
The Grand Budapest Hotel, USA, Germany and UK
The Imitation Game, USA and UK
Selma, USA and UK
The Theory of Everything, UK
Whiplash, USA

Best Animated Feature Film
*Big Hero 6, USA
The Boxtrolls, USA
How to Train Your Dragon 2, USA
Kaguyahime no monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), Japan
Song of the Sea, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and France

Foreign-Language Film
*Ida, Poland
Leviathan, Russia
Tangerines, Estonia
Timbuktu, Mauritania
Wild Tales, Argentina

We Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
*Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
*Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Actress in a Supporting Role
*Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton in Birdman
*Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
*J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Roger Deakins for Unbroken
*Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
Dick Pope for Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida

Original Screenplay
*Birdman, Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Boyhood, written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, written by Dan Gilroy

Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper, written by Jason Hall
*The Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, written by Damien Chazelle

Film Editing
Sandra Adair for Boyhood
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach for American Sniper
*Tom Cross for Whiplash
William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game
Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design
Nathan Crowley (Production Design) and Gary Fettis (Set Decoration) for Interstellar
Suzie Davies (Production Design) and Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration) for Mr. Turner
Maria Djurkovic (Production Design) and Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration) for The Imitation Game
Dennis Gassner (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) for Into The Woods
*Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

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

Sound Mixing
*Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for Whiplash
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin for American Sniper
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten for Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga for Birdman
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee for Unbroken

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood for Into the Woods
Mark Bridges for Inherent Vice
*Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jaqueline Durran for Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive for Maleficent

Make Up and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for Foxcatcher
*Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy

Music - Original Score
*Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
Gary Yeshon for Mr. Turner
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Music - Original Song
Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie, Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
*Glory from Selma, Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Grateful from Beyond The Lights, Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I'm Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me, Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
Lost Stars from Begin Again, Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

*Citizenfour, USA
Finding Vivia Maier, USA
Last Days in Vietnam, USA
The Salt of the Earth, France, Brazil and Italy
Virunga, UK and Congo

Short Films

Live Action
איה Aya, France and Israel
Boogaloo and Graham, UK
La Lampe au Beurre de Yak (Butter Lamp), France and China
Parvaneh, Switzerland
*The Phone Call, UK

The Bigger Picture, UK
The Dam Keeper, USA
*Feast, USA
Me and My Moulton, Canada
A Single Life, Netherlands

*Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, USA
Joanna, Poland
La Parka (The Reaper), Mexico
Nasza klątwa (Our Curse), Poland
White Earth, USA

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

To read nominees at show broadcaster (ABC) go here. The Academy official site has their press release here in pdf file if you wish to read it.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

Scorecard - Motion Picture Nominations Feature Films with Two or More Nominations
9 - Birdman, Fox Searchlight
9 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
8 - The Imitation Game, The Weinstein Company
6 - American Sniper, Warner Bros.
6 - Boyhood, IFC Films
5 - Foxcatcher, Sony Pictures Classics
5 - Interstellar, Paramount
5 - The Theory of Everything, Focus Features
5 - Whiplash, Sony Pictures Classics
4 - Mr. Turner, Sony Pictures Classics
3 - Into the Woods, Walt Disney
3 - Unbroken, Universal
2 - Guardians of the Galaxy, Walt Disney
2 - Ida, Music Box Films
2 - Inherent Vice, Warner Bros.
2 - Selma, Paramount2 - Wild, Fox Searchlight

Fun Stats and Facts

For the first time since 2011, when the balloting rules first allowed for the possibility of between five and ten nominees for Best Picture, eight films have been nominated in the category. For the 84th, 85th and 86th Academy Awards , there were nine Best Picture nominees.

This is the 11th nomination and the fifth in Best Picture category for Clint Eastwood. It is the first nomination in the Best Picture category for Bradley Cooper.

This is the first nomination in Best Picture category for Wes Anderson; he is also nominated this year in Directing and Original Screenplay categories. His previous nominations were for original screenplays (Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom) and Animated Feature Film (Mr. Fox).

In the acting categories, nine individuals are first-time nominees: Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone. Four of the nominees are previous acting winners: Robert Duvall, Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep.

Bradley Cooper's nomination for his leading role in American Sniper is his third consecutive acting nomination, following his nominations for his supporting role in American Hustle last year and his leading role in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. The last performers to receive three consecutive nominations were Renée Zellweger (2001-2003) and Russell Crowe (1999-2001).

Marion Cotillard has received her second nomination for a performance in a language other than English. She won for her performance in La Vie en Rose (2007). She is the fifth performer to receive two or more acting nominations for a foreign-language performance. Marcello Mastroianni had three such nominations; Sophia Loren, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Adjani each had two.

Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 19th nomination.

Roger Deakins now has the most nominations for Cinematography of any living person with 12. Charles B. Lang, Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

Colleen Atwood has the most nominations for Costume Design of any living person with 11. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.

Ida is the 11th predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for Cinematography since 1967, when the separate category for black-and-white cinematography was eliminated. Previously nominated films were In Cold Blood(1967), The Last Picture Show (1971), Lenny (1974), Raging Bull (1981), Zelig (1983), Schindler's List (1993), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Good Night, and Good Luck, (2005), The White Ribbon (2009) and The Artist (2011).

This is the 10th nomination for Poland, the 7th for Argentina, the 6th for Russia, and the first for Estonia and Mauritania.

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