Thoughts on the Academy Award nominations

The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, leading to speculation about who the winners will be.

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The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, leading to speculation about who the winners will be.

Michelle Leddon, Staff Reporter

The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning and included some shocking nominations and surprising snubs.

Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Thoughts: It’s surprising that American Sniper was nominated in this category and Foxcatcher was not. In general, reviews for American Sniper have been mixed, but the latter has received mostly positive reviews. In the end, it seems likely that the satirical dramedy, Birdman, will win, but there’s also a possibility that family drama Boyhood will win after their Golden Globe win for best drama last Sunday.


Lead Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Thoughts: It’s almost inevitable that Julianne Moore will take this one, but quite frankly it’s a shame that Reese Witherspoon probably won’t win for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed. Overall, this is a great category this year and every lady deserves the nod.

Lead Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Thoughts: This category seems rather unpredictable because any of these men could win. It seems most likely that Redmayne, Keaton, or Carell will take this award home.


Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Thoughts: Quite frankly it seems ridiculous that Duvall was nominated for his work in The Judge because although his performance was decent, the film itself was awful and it was not a nomination worthy performance. Simmons is most likely going to win, especially after taking the award at the Golden Globes last Sunday.

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Thoughts: Chances are Patricia Arquette is going to win for Boyhood, but it was a pleasant surprise seeing Laura Dern receive a nomination for her outstanding work in Wild. Overall, this is a good category this year and every woman deserves the nomination.

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How To Train Your Dragon 2

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Song of the Sea

Thoughts: To be honest the ultimate snub this year was definitely The Lego Movie not being nominated in this category. The film was a smash hit, but because it did not receive a nomination, Big Hero 6 will probably win.


Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum

Thoughts: It seems most likely that Linklater will win after the work that went into Boyhood over the course of twelve years. If he (for some reason) does not win, there’s a possibility that Anderson might win for the off-beat comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Music, Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game, Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar, Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner, Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Thoughts: Hans Zimmer deserves this award because the score for Interstellar was simply beautiful. It’s shocking that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross didn’t receive a nomination for Gone Girl, especially after they won for The Social Network. However, it’s difficult to tell who will win particularly after Jóhann Jóhannsson winning the Golden Globe. Although that score was lovely, Interstellar’s definitely was better.


The Awards will take place on Feb. 22, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, airing on ABC.