“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]
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.
“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
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.
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.