Monday, February 16, 2015

If I Picked the Academy Awards...

Well I have held out long enough, I still have not seen Mommy, it was only in Boston one week. I will also not get to see Goodbye to Language in 3D in Boston, which will hamper the spirit of Goddard's film.  With that said listed below are nominees, and * would indicate my personal winners.

I have tinkered with this list for a while, and being snow bound I thought about the ten films, which impacted me the most this year.  I think there should be a basic 10 nominees, 6 directing, screenplay, and acting nominees, but maybe that's a cop out on my part, but I can make the rules here. I would also like to see the casting director get a "best ensemble" award, for putting together the best cast in a film.

Best Picture
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Love is Strange
Mr. Turner
Stranger by the Lake
Two Days One Night 
Under the Skin

Best Director
Wes Anderson-The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher-Gone Girl 
Ava DuVarney-Selma  
Jonathan Glazer-Under the Skin
Alain Guiraudie-Stranger by the Lake
Richard Linklater-Boyhood*

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes-The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal-Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow-Love is Strange
David Oyelwo-Selma
Timothy Spall –Mr. Turner*

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard-Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis-The Babadook   
Gugu Mbatha-Raw-Beyond the Lights
Rosamund Pike-Gone Girl*
Jenny Slate-Obvious Child
Tessa Thompson-Dear White People 

Best Supporting Actor
Riz Ahmed-Nightcrawler
Josh Brolin-Inherent Vice*
Ethan Hawke-Boyhood
Edward Norton- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo-Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons-Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette-Boyhood*
Jessica Chastain-A Most Violent Year
Carrie Coon-Gone Girl
Agata Kulesza-Ida
Rene Russo-Nightcrawler
Tilda Swinton-Snowpiercer

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gone Girl –Gillian Flynn*
Inherent Vice-Paul Thomas Anderson
Snowpiercer-Joon Ho Bong, Kelly Masterson
Under the Skin-Walter Campbell
Winter Sleep-Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Original Screenplay
Boyhood-Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel-Wes Anderson*
Love is Strange-Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
Selma-Paul Webb
Stranger by the Lake-Alain Guiraudie
Two Days, One Night-Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeur
Stranger by the Lake*
Two Days one Night

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero Six
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie*
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Ensemble (Casting Award)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel*
Inherent Vice
The Immigrant
Mr. Turner

Best Cinematography
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Turner*
Stranger by the Lake
Under the Skin

Best Film Editing
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Edge of Tomorrow
Gone Girl

Best Original Score
Gone Girl –Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
The Grand Budapest Hotel-Alexandre Desplat
Only Lovers Left Alive-Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Shane Stoneback, Jozef van Wissem
A Most Violent Year-Alex Ebert
Under the Skin-Mica Levi*

Best Original Song
Begin Again-"Lost Stars"-Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Beyond the Lights-"Grateful"-Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me-"I’m Not Gonna Miss You”-Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

The Lego Movie-"Everything is Awesome-Music and Lyrics by Shawn Patterson
Selma-"Glory"-Music and Lyrics by John Legend and Common*

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel*
Mr. Turner
Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Sound Mixing
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Under the Skin*

Best Sound Editing
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Visual Effects
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes*
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past 

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