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Academy Award Nominations Announced: Snubs And Surprises Abound

Matthew Jenner | PopWrapped Author

Matthew Jenner

03/20/2015 4:52 pm
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Academy Award Nominations Announced: Snubs And Surprises Abound | Academy Award
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The movie world’s biggest night just revealed who will be invited to the party, in a list of nominations that are some parts shocking, some parts predictable and all deserving. Here is a general rundown of the big categories: Best Supporting Actor was the most predictable category – the five nominees chosen by SAG and the Golden Globes repeated here. The only nominee in this category who has won before is Robert Duvall, who earns his seventh nomination for his performance in The Judge, which was also his film’s only nomination. Other nominees are Edward Norton for Birdman (third nomination), Ethan Hawke for Boyhood (fourth nomination), Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (second nomination) and J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. J.K. Simmons is definitely ahead to win this award, after winning nearly every critic’s award this season. Best Supporting Actress was also quite predictable, but there was one very interesting nominee – Laura Dern for Wild, who earns her second Oscar nomination, and her first in over twenty years. Other nominees are Emma Stone for Birdman (first nomination), Keira Knigtley in The Imitation Game(second nomination), Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (first nomination) and Meryl Streep for Into the Woods, who earns her 19th nomination, which breaks the record previously set by…Meryl Streep. Patricia Arquette has been winning awards for her performance in Boyhood all season long, so I see no reason why she won’t win the big prize. The most shocking snub, in my own opinion, is that of The LEGO Movie, which was completely shut out of the Best Animated Feature Film category, where it was the frontrunner to win. It is an absolute shocking snub. Luckily, the film did earn one nomination – Best Song, for the title song “Everything Is Awesome.” Best Actor has been a bloodbath all season, and right up until the category was called, I had no idea who would be nominated and who would be snubbed. Both Michael Keaton for Birdman and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, were of course nominated. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game and Steve Carell for Foxcatcher tagged along with nominations as well. The biggest surprise was Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for a third consecutive year, this time for his incredible performance as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, having earned exactly zero nominations and wins since then. The win is undoubtedly between Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne, but a general adoration of his film, and a strong support system from the industry, along with dozens of awards already, will push Keaton to the win for his amazing performance in Birdman. Best Actress was a fascinating one – Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon for Wild were all nominated, along with critical darling Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night. This award undoubtedly belongs to Julianne Moore, with her fifth nomination and I say she is due for a win already. Best Picture was filled with eight very deserving nominees for the best film of the year. Birdman,Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash were the nominees for Best Picture. We can sit and debate it, but we have to admit this win has to go to the original and brilliantly inventive Boyhood. What do you think of the Academy Award nominations? Which are you happy for, and who are you disappointed got snubbed? You can view the full list of nominees here or on the Academy Awards website.

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