oscar-noms

so if you’re like me, you watch the Oscar nominees for Best Picture every year.  Here is streaming links to them - high quality for the most part :)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Selma

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

Birdman

American Sniper

The Theory of Everything

Boyhood

Some others (Best Actor/Actress):

Foxcatcher

Wild

Still Alice

Gone Girl

Two Days, One Night (with subtitles)

“Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out, thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f–king excited. Are you allowed to say f–k when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f–king excited.”

-Emma Stone, Best Supporting Actrees Nominee for Birdman [x]

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Right now at the Academy: we are putting together Oscar invite packets for the Nominees Luncheon, the Governors Ball, and the 87th Oscars ceremony.

Tomorrow at 5am Pacific Time: we will begin announcing the nominees.

Immediately after that: we will address and mail the invitations. 

You can watch the nomination announcements on Good Morning America, YouTube, and/or at Oscars.com

OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR BENEDICT and THE IMITATION GAME

A big congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast and crew of The Imitation Game on recieving their Acadamy Award nomitations.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated in the category ‘actor in a leading role’ for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Besides being nominated for 'best actor in a leading role’, The Imitation Game is also nominated in in the categories 'best picture’, 'actress in a supporting role’ 'directing’, 'editing’, 'music (original score)’, 'production design’ and 'writing (adapted screenplay)’.

Northup’s story is remarkable indeed. Written with white lawyer David Wilson, his narrative was published on 15 July 1853, about six months after his release. By all accounts, the two men strove to create an authentic text that revealed the insidious ruthlessness within slave culture… In a larger sense, of course, all extant, authentic slave narratives are also remarkable, simply because their authors lived to write (or at least collaborate in writing) them.

Find out more about the true story of Solomon Northup that inspired the recent film, 12 Years a Slave.

Image credit: Title page of an early edition of Twelve Years a Slave. Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of ‘The Theory of Everything..’ This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.”

-Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor Nominee for The Theory of Everything

And the 2015 Oscar Nominations are:

Best Picture:

American Sniper

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Selma 

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Actor:

Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Big Eyes

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

Cinematography

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Mr. Turner

Unbroken

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Original Screenplay

Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

Foreign Language Film

Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia

Tangerines (Estonia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Directing

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Animated Short Film

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Live Action Short Film

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

The Phone Call

Sound Mixing:

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken 

Whiplash

Sound Editing:

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Unbroken

Interstellar

Film Editing:

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

Best Documentary Feature:

Citizen Four

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Day in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Crisis Hotline

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper (La Parka)

White Earth

Best Animated Feature Film:

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Song of the Sea

Best Visual Effects:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

X-Men: Days of the Future Past

Best Original Song:

“Everything is Awesome" The Lego Movie

"Glory" Selma

"Grateful" Beyond the Lights

"I’m Not Gonna Miss You" Glenn Campbell…I’ll Be Me

"Lost Stars" Begin Again

I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.
— 

Why Ava Duvernay’s Oscar Snub Matters

It’s so important to remember that even as we raise the alarm about Hollywood’s continuous fuckery, even as we persist in pointing out the inequality and racism embedded in how we recognize artistry in American society, we NEVER lose sight of this fact:

Selma was made. Selma is important. Selma, and its incredible cast, and incredible director, deserves to be celebrated and validated by the public, even if it’s not being celebrated and validated by Hollywood. 

Watch the movie. Spread the word. Selma should get seen, Oscar or no Oscar.

From left: Animated Feature Film nominees Roy Conli, “Big Hero 6”, Tomm Moore, “Song of the Sea”, Chris Williams, “Big Hero 6”, Yoshiaki Nishimura, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Don Hall, “Big Hero 6”, Isao Takahata, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, Bonnie Arnold, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, Anthony Stacchi, “The Boxtrolls”, Graham Annable, “The Boxtrolls” and Dean DeBlois, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” prior to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: Animated Features event on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

By the time Inside Llewyn Davis begins in 1961, the film’s putative hero, Dave Van Ronk, was “King of the Street in Greenwich Village. He ruled supreme,” according to Bob Dylan.

David King Dunaway, co-author of Singing Out: An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals, on Dave van Ronk, the inspiration behind the new Coen Brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Image credit: Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Alison Rosa ©2012 Long Strange Trip LLC.