2015 Oscar Finalists Announced
January 15, 2015

2015 Oscar Finalists Announced

The news that filmmakers and those in filmmaking have been waiting for: The 2015 Oscar final nominations have been announced!
For Best Animated Feature, there were some surprises. Big Hero 6 (Disney), The Boxtrolls (Laika/Focus Features), and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation) made the list, as expected. However, two foreign animations also were selected: Song of the Sea, a hand-drawn animated film from Ireland by Cartoon Saloon and directed by Tomm Moore, and Tale of the Princess Kaguya, a Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, done in its signature painterly style and directed by Isao Takahata. Surprisingly, the LEGO Movie was not on the list.

Making the cut for Best Visual Effects is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, which did not woo audiences as expected, did not make the cut. But the big surprise was that the final installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies, from Peter Jackson and Weta, did not make the list.

As for the Animated Short Films, The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, and A Single Life were nominated.

For Best Picture, none of the Oscar nominees, like those up for BAFTAs, are big VFX films. The finalists are: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.

The full list of finalists are:
Best Picture:  
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director:
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennet Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Animated Feature:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary Feature:
Last Days In Vietnam
Finding Vivian Maeir
The Salt of the Earth

Best Documentary Short:
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper W
hite Earth

Best Film Editing:
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Tom Cross, Whiplash
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song:
"Everything is Awesome," The Lego Movie"
Glory," Selma
"I’m Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
"Lost Stars," Begin Again
"Grateful," Beyond the Lights

Best Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short:
Boogaloo and Graham
The Phone Call
Butter Lamp

Best Sound Editing:
American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing:
American Sniper

Best Visual Effects:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Cinematography:
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Best Costume Design:
Colleen Atwood, Into The Woods
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner