2015 BAFTA Nominations


These came out yesterday, but since Fridays are my Indie Gem days, I decided to post them a day late. I always enjoy the BAFTAs because they tend to nominate performances that mostly everyone else skips over. This year, that was Rene Russo in Nightcrawler. Here's a look at the nominees. My thoughts follow in green. 

BEST FILM
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything 
This is kind of exactly how I pictured them going.

BEST BRITISH FILM
'71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin 
Paddington came out already? But hey, Pride is in there!

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days One Night
I've only seen Ida out of these, and that film was kind of a let down.

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle - Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman 
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
James Marsh - The Theory of Everything 

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
I'm guessing this is how the Oscars will look? Unless Aniston can really sneak in over Adams. 

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
GYLLENHAAL YAAASSSS BITCH!!! Sorry, this is huge for him though. He, Carrell, and Oyelowo are competing for that 4th and 5th spot. I think he has a good chance now. (Sorry Fiennes, I don't think you're getting in the Oscar race)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton - Pride
Emma Stone - Birdman
Rene Russo - Nightcrawler
This is awesome that Rene Russo is here. I would love it if she got in the Oscar race. Same with Staunton. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Steve Carell -Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
What the fuck is Carell doing in supporting?

RISING STAR AWARD
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O'Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley
Spectacular Now reunion!

OUTSTANDING DEBUT, BRITISH WRITER/DIRECTOR/or  PRODUCER
Gregory Burke & Yann Demange - '71
Stephen Beresford & David Livingstone - Pride
Elaine Constantine - North Soul
Paula Katis & Andrew De Lotbiniere - Kakaji: The True Story
Hong Khaou - Lilting

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper - Jason Hall
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore
Paddington - Paul King
The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman - Alejandor Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas, Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, and Armando Bo
Boyhood - Richard Linklater
Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson
Nightcrawl - Damien Chazelle
Whiplash - Damien Chazelle
And there's Whipash, which stupidly gets put in Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. I need to take a moment to talk about Boyhood here. This does NOT deserve a screenplay nomination. In fact, the only thing it really deserves is Best Director for the commitment, and maybe, just maybe Best Supporting Actress, but that is pushing it. There was nothing outstanding about the screenplay. Kid grows up,has a shitty step father, tries drugs, learns valuable lesson. Wtf, that's not award worthy!


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman - Emmanuel Lubezki
Grand Budapest Hotel - Robert Yeoman
Ida - Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski
Interstellar - Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr Turner - Dick Pope 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Grand Budapest Hotel - Milena Canonero
The Imitation Game - Sammy Sheldon Differ
Into the Woods - Colleen Atwood
Mr Turner - Jacqueline Durran
The Theory of Everything - Steven Noble 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
Grand Budapest Hotel - Frances Hannon
Guardians of the Galaxy - Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiu, David White
Into the Woods - Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland
Mr Turner - Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener
The Theory of Everything - Jan Sewell 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Big Eyes - Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
Grand Budapest Hotel - Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game - Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana McDonald
Interstellar - Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner - Suzie Davis, Charlotte Watts 

BEST EDITING
Birdman - Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Grand Budapest Hotel - Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game - William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler - John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything - Jinx Godfrey
Whiplash - Tom Cross 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 
X-Men: Days of Future Past 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Birdman - Antonio Sanchez
Grand Budapest Hotel - Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar - Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything - Johann Johannson
Under the Skin - Mica Levi 
Birdman! I'm pissed all over again you're ineligible at the Oscars!

BEST SOUND
American Sniper
Birdman
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash 

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie
No How To Train Your Dragon 2? Fuck you, Big Hero 6 and Boxtrolls. 

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20 Feet From Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga
Well this looks weird to me. But it always does, damn British release dates. 

BEST BRITISH ANIMATED SHORT
The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

BEST BRITISH SHORT
Emotional Fusebox
Boogaloo & Graham
The Karman Line
Slap
Three Brothers

12 comments:

  1. Antonio Sanchez's ineligible Birdman score is an ugly reminder of Johnny Greenwood's ineligible There Will Be Blood score at the '08 Oscars.

    I love that Rene Russo got nominated as well. Well deserved.

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    1. Ohhh yes, I forgot about Greenwood. I loved There Will Be Blood, and the score made it all the more uncomfortable.

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  2. BAFTAs are such a joke. They want to be relevant but they really aren't. I mean Carell in supporting, the fuck is that? I don't know why Oyelowo is even in the talk, he just stood there the entire movie

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    1. I liked that the BAFTAs nominate people like Paul Dano and James McAvoy who always get snubbed, but come on. Carrell for supporting? lol

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  3. I think Carrell IS the supporting character in Foxcatcher. The movie is about channing's character, but of course Carrell and ruffallo act circles around him. LOVE Boyhood, HATE Whiplash. I actually like Ida the more I think about it (kinda love it at this point). I agree about the score for Birdman (huge oversight)

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    1. You didn't like Whiplash? Noooo! lol. I'm looking forward to that. Ida sounded so good on paper but was just a let down.

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  4. Nightcrawler got a huge boost here. I'm thinking Gyllenhaal gets in at the Oscars, with Oyelowo, Carell, or even Bradley Cooper replacing Fiennes.

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  5. This list reminds me of how many good movies I haven't seen yet.

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    1. I still need a see a fair amount as well. It sucks.

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  6. I just love the personal comments and the shared Boyhood hate :-P

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