January 15, 2015

Several Oscar Nominated Films Reviewed by Now Playing Podcast

Several Oscar Nominated Films Reviewed by Now Playing Podcast

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

The Academy Award nominees have been announced, and Now Playing Podcast has reviewed (or will soon be reviewing) several nominees!

boyhoodPosterBoyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, is one of the leading films of the year.  The film earned six nominations; only three films beat that number this year.  The film, which Linklater filmed over a span of 12 years, is up for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Screenplay!

Our review of is film will be posted at NowPlayingPodcast.com on Feb 10, but we start leading up to that next week!  Starting January 20th we begin reviewing Linklater’s Before trilogy of films:  Before Sunrise, Before Sunsetand Before Midnightall directed by Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke.

Big Hero 6 is up for Best Animated Film. Do the Now Playing Hosts agree? That review is out now at NowPlayingPodcast.com (additionally Feast is up for Best Animated Short and we discussed that in our Big Hero 6 review as well!)

Interstellar was blocked from the big categories but did get Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Score and, most unexpectedly, Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing (did they hear that film right????  Were the screener DVDs mixed differently??) . That review is up now in the Now Playing archives, along with every other film Christopher Nolan has reviewed!

Guardians of the Galaxy may have won top spot in the 2014 box office, but the Academy only nominated Marvel’s blockbuster film in two technical categories:  Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Visual Effects.  (I rewatched the film over the holidays and that the film did not get Best Costume Design is a travesty–those outfits were intricate and varied).  You can hear our review of this film now!

Also nominated for Best Visual Effects were Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Pastboth of which we reviewed as part of our ongoing Marvel Movie Retrospective.

Now Playing Podcast donors who took part in our Spring Donation Drive also heard our review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but that review is no longer available as the donation drive has completed.

The full list of nominees for The 87th Annual Academy Awards are:

 

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper for American Sniper (Hear us discuss Cooper in our reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Midnight Meat Train)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game (Hear us discuss Cumberbatch in our review of Star Trek Into Darkness)
  • Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Hear us talk about Keaton playing a different winged hero in our reviews of Batman and Batman Returns, and he also featured in the remake of Robocop)
  • Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night (Hear us review her turn as the evil Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises and also her role in Christopher Nolan’s Inception)
  • Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything (We discussed her blink-and-you-miss-it turn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
  • Julianne Moore for Still Alice (We recently reviewed Moore for her role in the remake of Carrie, as well as her work in Next and Hannibal)
  • Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl (Hear us discuss this former Bond Girl’s work in Die Another Day)
  • Reese Witherspoon for Wild

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Robert Duvall for The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke for Boyhood (Hear us discuss Hawke in the upcoming Now Playing Before Sunrise Retrospective Series, starting Jan. 20!)
  • Edward Norton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (We reviewed Norton’s work in Fight Club, plus his one-and-done turn as The Incredible Hulk)
  • Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (We first discussed this star of 13 Going on 30 in our review of Shutter Island, as well as his work replacing Norton as The Hulk in The Avengers and Iron Man 3)
  • J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (We reviewed the Farmer’s Insurance salesman for his role of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (We reviewed her first big-screen role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
  • Laura Dern for Wild
  • Keira Knightly for The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)   (We reviewed her performances in both of the Amazing Spider-Man films)
  • Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

Animated Feature Film

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Cinematography

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Unbroken

Costume Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inherent Vice
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Mr. Turner

Directing

  • Alejandro G Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Documentary Feature

  • CitizenFour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

Documentary Short Subject

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  • Joanna
  • Our Curse
  • The Reaper (La Parka)
  • White Earth

Film Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

Foreign Language Film

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

Makeup and Hairstyling

Music – Original Score

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Music – Original Song

  • “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  • “Glory” from Selma
  • “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Production Design

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner

Short Film – Animated

  • The Bigger Picture
  • The Dam Keeper
  • Feast
  • Me and My Moulton
  • A Single Life

Short Film – Live Action

  • Aya
  • Boogaloo and Graham
  • Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
  • Parveneh
  • The Phone Call

Sound Editing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken

Sound Mixing

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Interstellar
  • Unbroken
  • Whiplash

Visual Effects

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper by Jason Hall
  • The Imitation Game by Graham Moore
  • Inherent Vice by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

Writing – Original Screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) by Alejandro G Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
  • Boyhood by Richard Linklater
  • Foxcatcher by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy

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