Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscars Nominations Revealed, 'Selma' & 'The Lego Movie' Snubbed and Twitter Erupts With #OscarsSoWhite Trending Topic


This year’s Academy Awards nominations were revealed this morning (Jan. 15), with all 24 categories announced at a live two-part press conference. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the race with nine nominations each.



Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, leads the pack
this year with nine nominations
Although Selma scored 'Best Picture' and 'Best Song' nominations, the internet is buzzing about how the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic (which won at the Golden Globes) was shut out of other major Oscar categories.

Selma was notably overlooked in the actor category (David Oyelowo), original screenplay and editing categories as well as 'Best Director' where Selma director Ava DuVernay could have been nominated.

Selma snubbed?
Common, who won 'Best Song' for Selma at the Golden Globes, spoke out about the Selma snub and said:

"I was definitely disappointed," says Common. "I was definitely wishing that Ava had received an Oscar nomination for best director and wishing David had received an Oscar nomination for best actor. It's a disappointment. But I found some victory and happiness in the fact that the movie is nominated for best picture. That says a lot about Ava, because she is the director of the movie. She created the film to be best picture. I hope she at least feels great about that."

The Twitter world is also pretty pissed that The Lego Movie was not nominated.


Jimmy Tatro @JimmyTatro tweeted:              
"Not gonna lie, I'm pretty pissed The Lego Movie isn't nominated for best animated film"
 
Sassy Gem @Sassy_Gem tweeted:              
"I honestly don't understand why Lego Movie wasn't nominated. It was so "really really awesome!"

After the nominations were announced this morning, Twitter erupted with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. It's being said the last time the Oscars were "this white" was in 1998.

Aside from a nomination for Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman and a 'Best Picture' and 'Best Song' nomination for Selma, people of color are basically nonexistent this year from acting and directing nominations. And women (outside of acting) weren’t recognized at all.

A couple tweets on #OscarsSoWhite:

Adam Mordecai @advodude tweeted:                                

" that Ferguson police will be providing security this year."

Shaun King @ShaunKing tweeted: 
" that even The Lego Movie didn't get nominated for Best Animated Film because Morgan Freeman voiced a character."
 
Well, here is why maybe the Oscars are "so white"
 
There was an article in The Atlantic recently which indicated who the Oscar voters are. They are 94 percent white, 76 percent male, and the average age is 63 years old.
 
Reagan Gomez @ReaganGomez tweeted:               
"The game is rigged. We know this. And in 2015, it needs to called out. "


Thoughts on the Oscars lacking diversity?

The Oscar ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be held on Feb. 22 and shown on ABC.

Check out the full list of nominees below:
 
Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
 
Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
 
Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
 
Best Supporting Actor
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge
 
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Laura Dern, Wild
 
Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñarritu, Birdman
Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
 
Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
 
Best Original Screenplay
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler
 
Best Foreign Film
Ida
Tangerines
Leviathan
Timbuktu
Wild Tales
 
Best Documentary Feature
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga
 
Best Original Song
“Glory” (Selma)
“Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)
“Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” (Begin Again)
 
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
 
Best Cinematography
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken
 
Film Editing
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash
 
Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner
 
Makeup and Hairstyling
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
 
Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
 
Sound Editing
American sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken
 
Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash
 
Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-men: Days of Future Past
 
Best Documentary ShortCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth
 
Best Animated ShortThe Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
 
Best Live Action ShortAya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lamp au Beurre de Yak)
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

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