Early this morning, the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards were revealed. The selection showcases a great amount of brilliant talent that was produced in cinema over the past year consisting of many locked-in favorites as well as a few surprises.
The likes of the acting categories tend to be a majority favorite to know about and moviegoers everywhere will be pleased to see the results of the Academy’s picks. Although, a few film buffs may raise an eyebrow at a few of the performers who were snubbed.
In the category of best supporting actor, the nominees include Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher, Robert Duvall in The Judge, Ethan Hawke in Boyhood, Edward Norton in Birdman and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. All of these actors have proven to be very worthy of the Academy Awards nod, as this selection of performers is identical to the list of nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes this year.
For the Academy Awards category of best supporting actress, the selections feature the likes of Patricia Arquette in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, Meryl Streep in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, Emma Stone in Birdman and Laura Dern in Wild. Movie goers had predicted both Arquette and Streep as locks for the nod, but Dern is the wild card (no pun intended) in this round. The actress had not necessarily received a huge amount of buzz for her portrayal in the film and lost a Golden Globe to Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year, but as the star’s father, Bruce Dern, put it very well, the Academy Awards honors performances that are meant to be recognized.
Regarding the Best Leading Actress prize this year, the Academy Awards will highlight Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night, Rosamund Pike in the page-to-screen adaptation Gone Girl, Felicity Jones in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Reese Witherspoon in Wild and Julianne Moore in Still Alice. This is the category that is particularly being debated about regarding the snubs of this year’s Academy Awards. Amy Adams, who tends to be a favorite at the Oscars, was counted out even though she won the Golden Globe for her portrayal of the painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Emily Blunt who received rave reviews for her performance in the musical Into the Woods was additionally snubbed alongside Jennifer Aniston for Cake who many were rooting for to acquire a nominee slot.
For the leading men at the Academy Awards this year, the nominees include Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, Bradley Cooper in American Sniper and Michael Keaton in Birdman. All actors in this category were very much anticipated to receive a nod, although most audiences remain in the dark about American Sniper due to the fact that it has not received a wide release in theaters yet. The Academy’s nod to Cooper and to the film, which received a Best Picture nomination, are a great insinuation that the movie is definitely one worth watching.
The actors and actresses who will be showcased as the 2015 Academy Awards nominees are a selection of the finest talent in the entertainment industry today. The Oscars will premiere live, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, on February 22, 2015.
By Cody Collier