The 87th Annual Academy Awards – full list of nominees for 2015 Oscars & our picks to win

The 87th Annual Academy Awards – full list of nominees for 2015 Oscars & our picks to win


The Oscars are coming up fast, and today we get the full list of nominees for all the Academy Award categories. We’ll be updated this LIVE as they announced the nominees. You can watch the video with us if you’re up early. Check out the list and share your thoughts in the comments below. Remember, our “picks” below are what we think will win, not necessarily what we want to win. BIRDMAN and BOYHOOD certainly show up a lot, which was to be expected, and we feel Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore are safe bets for the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar. Don’t be surprised if BOYHOOD sweeps in most of its categories. A few surprises, such as THE LEGO MOVIE not getting nominated for Best Animated Film, Tim Burton’s BIG EYES was also overlooked in pretty much all categories, and the excellent Steve James documentary LIFE ITSELF about Roger Ebert was snubbed… that last one angers me most. Oh, and Jake Gyllenhaal got snubbed in the Best Actor category for NIGHTCRAWLER. Check out the nominees below and tell us if you agree or disagree.

Best Picture
American Sniper
Boyhood – my pick to win
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood – my pick to win
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Actor
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman – my pick to win
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard – Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice – my pick to win
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 – my pick to win

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – my pick to win
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman – my pick to win
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida – Poland
Leviathan – Russia – my pick to win
Tangerines – Estonia
Timbuktu – Mauritania
Wild Tales – Argentina

Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper – Jason Hall
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore – my pick to win
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo – my pick to win
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard – Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White – Guardians of the Galaxy – my pick to win

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game – my pick to win
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn – my pick to win
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – my pick to win
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna – my pick to win
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach – American Sniper – my pick to win
Sandra Adair – Boyhood
Barney Pilling – The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg – The Imitation Game
Tom Cross – Whiplash

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock – my pick to win
The Imitation Game – Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner – Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best Animated Short
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast – my pick to win
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short
Aya – my pick to win
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – my pick to win
Birdman – Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – my pick to win

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist – my pick to win
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar, Paul Franklin – Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

Best Documentary — Feature
Citizenfour – my pick to win
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel – my pick to win
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive – Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran – Mr. Turner

The Oscars will air Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC – 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.