By Cherie Wheeler
The Academy sure doesn’t waste any time; mere days after the conclusion of the Golden Globes ceremony, the nominees for the 2015 Oscars were announced. Most of the nominations mimic the selections for the Globes fairly closely, with only the occasional addition or substitution. Here’s a rundown of the major movers and shakers, as well as my predictions for how each of the Best Picture nominees will fare (scroll to the end).
No surprises; as expected, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game dominate almost every category.
The switch up; Foxcatcher was a notable snub for Best Picture, despite receiving the equivalent nomination at the Golden Globes. Its absence makes way for Clint Eastwood’s modern war tale American Sniper. As the Globes split the most outstanding films of the year into two categories according to genre, less deserving productions, such as Into The Woods, were able to sneak in, and gain a nomination. The Oscars, on the other hand, are not forced to privilege comedies and musicals over higher calibre films, therefore the critically acclaimed Whiplash is now in the running to win Best Picture.
A preference for psychopaths; the lovely Amy Adams may have taken home Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes, but the Academy has shown no such love for her portrayal of artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes. Instead, it has recognised Rosamund Pike for her performance in Gone Girl.
Heroes before weirdos; the Globes were prepared to stand up and acknowledge Jake Gyllenhaal for his performance as an eccentric video journalist in Nightcrawler, but he has been completely overlooked by the Academy. In his place for Best Actor is Bradley Cooper for his role in American Sniper as true life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Under appreciated; there was a lot of fuss when Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken failed to rustle up a single Golden Globe nomination, and whilst it has once again missed out in the major categories, the Academy has given the film a few nods of approval in terms of its cinematography and sound design.
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