The Oscar Nominations, or “What Does The Academy Have Against Legos?”

“Wait, did you say we WEREN’T nominated?”

I’m sorry, no. No, no, no, no, no. You don’t get to do this, Academy. You don’t take the film that is almost universally agreed upon as the Best Animated Feature of the year, and fail to mention it in the category that was created to reward excellence in the field of animation. And, in doing so, pave the way for How To Train Your Dragon 2 to take an award it absolutely does not deserve.

There is absolutely no reason for this to happen. It can’t be that you don’t remember the film. (It’s nominated for Original Song) Academy, you need to do something to change your voting process, as this is the biggest blunder in a morning filled with big blunders. Absolutely 100% Unacceptable. YOU. FAIL. ACADEMY.

Oh, and they announced some other categories, too. Let’s see how I did.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory Of Everything
Whiplash

7/8. Eight nominees. And not even very good ones. A year that produces films like “Gone Girl” and “Interstellar” deserves better than this. What is the deal?

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

3/5. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t think I’d see a ‘lone director’ nomination in a long time. Also, somewhere, David Fincher is saying to himself, “I will practice believing the Academy loves me. But I could be wrong.”

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

3/5. It’s actually shocking that Ralph Fiennes got left off when you consider how well his film was received.

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

4/5. Haven’t seen Cotillard’s film, but I’m gonna assume she’s amazing in it. Well done, Academy.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

This is the only category I got 5/5 on. This is the one place where the Academy decided to play it safe.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Laura Dern, Wild

4/5. So Laura Dern gets that fifth slot despite the fact that she was barely in the movie. I think this has more to do with her being Laura Dern than performance quality.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foxcatcher
Nightcrawler

4/5. Foxcatcher got surprisingly a lot of love outside of the Best Picture category.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

3/5. Gone Girl‘s title is oddly indicative of it’s Oscar chances.

BEST FILM EDITING

American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

3/5. No “Birdman”, but I guess that’s not really surprising. It could still pull off a Best Picture win, but at the moment, Boyhood seems to be the frontrunner.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

4/5. I came ‘this’ close to predicting Ida here, but I changed my prediction at the last second. The film’s inclusion is easily my favorite nomination this year.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

4/5. Mr. Turner got a surprising amount of love in the tech categories.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

I got 2/5. It’s crazy that they remembered Maleficent. So Disney gets in twice, and both for live-action fairytales.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

2/3. So it looks like Theory Of Everything isn’t as strong as people predicted.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

3/5. None of these are Best Picture nominees, which means this category is not incredibly obvious for the first time in a while.

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

3/5. Desplat gets in twice. I hope that this increases his chances of winning, although I’ll be voting for Interstellar.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

3/5. You know, Selma is the only film here to have more than one nomination. I think we have our winner.

BEST SOUND EDITING

American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

2/5. So Birdman is that film that gets nominated in the sound categories just to show the support of the overall film. Also, The Hobbit trilogy came in like a lion and went out like a lamb – one nomination.

BEST SOUND MIXING

American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

2/3. Whiplash is definitely the Academy’s tempo.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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

4/5. I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that Lego Movie isn’t here, or that the Globe win is making Dragon 2 the frontrunner here. In the words of Hiccup, “Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile.”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

4/5. Yeah, I don’t really care too much about this category.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

4/5. My vote for the second worst snub of the year. I saw Life Itself. I never see documentaries, but I saw Life Itself. And it was beautiful. It was touching. It was powerful. What went wrong here?

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

Aya
Baghdad Messi
Boogalo And Graham
My Father’s Truck
The Phone Call

3/5. I don’t really care too much about the short categories.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me And My Moulton
A Single Life

3/5. Okay, what happened to Duet? Am I the only one who saw that?

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

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

3/5. Again, don’t care.

So, If I tally up the numbers, I get… 83/121. Which is about 69%. Considerably less than last year. Well, that was crazy. And in a few days, I’m gonna start posting my predictions for the individual categories like I usually do. Until then, Hasta la vista.

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