Oscars 2015 : Nominations for best picture

Oscars 2015 : Nominations for best picture

Oscars 2015 : Nominations for best picture

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

17 Feb, 2015 | 9:59 pm

The eight films nominated for the best picture Oscar this year are
  •  American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash.

Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead the Oscars with nine nods each.


“American Sniper,” nominated for six Oscars, depicts the life of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who is said to be the most lethal sniper in United States Military History. The film stars Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor for his performance, and is also up for best adapted screenplay, best editor, best sound editing, and best sound mixing. It is directed by Clint Eastwood, who did not earn an Oscar nod this year. The film has become a surprise hit since its wide release in January, earning close to $400 million dollars at the global box office.



“The Imitation Game,” directed by Morten Tyldum, portrays the private and professional life of Alan Turing, a mathematician whose work helped break the Nazi “Enigma” code during World War II, who was later tried for indecency for homosexuality, and chemically castrated by the British government. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and was nominated for a total of eight Oscars. In addition to best picture, it is nominated for best director, best actor , best supporting actress for Keira Knightley, best film editing, best production design, best adapted screenplay, and best score for Alexandre Desplat, who will compete against his own work in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”


“Birdman,” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, stars Michael Keaton as a fading Hollywood action star who has planned a reinvention through a rocky Broadway production. The film has been picking up steam in the Oscar race, winning important prognosticator awards like the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and Screen Actors Guild prizes, despite losing earlier awards such as the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice. In addition to best picture, the nominations for “Birdman” include best actor for Keaton, best director for Inarritu, best supporting actor for Edward Norton, best supporting actress for Emma Stone, best original screenplay, best cinematography, best sound mixing, and best sound editing.

“Boyhood,” directed by Richard Linklater, broke ground with its innovative production, being filmed with the same actors over a period of twelve years to capture the trials, tribulations, and aging of an American family. The film was an early front-runner for best picture, having won over critics since its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and picking up prizes like the Golden Globe for best drama, as well as the Critics Choice Award, but it has been losing steam in the best picture race as “Birdman” soars to the top. “Boyhood” has received a total of six nominations, including best director for Linklater, best supporting actor for Ethan Hawke, best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette, best original screenplay, and best editing.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” directed by Wes Anderson, is a colorful and quirky film about a legendary concierge at a fictional European hotel who is wrongly accused of the murder of one of his several aged mistresses. This is the first Wes Anderson movie to have been nominated for a best picture Oscar. In addition to best picture, it is nominated for best director (Anderson), best cinematography, best editing, best score for Alexandre Desplat, and all of the art direction prizes, including best costume design, best makeup and hairstyling, and best production design.


“Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, is a biographical film about Martin Luther King Jr. and his role in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches that brought the violent battle for civil rights for black Americans to the forefront of the national consciousness, and brought about political change. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, and Tom Wilkinson as U.S. president Lyndon Baines Johnson, as well as a supporting cast including Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, and Oprah Winfrey, who produced the film and is nominated in the best picture category. Despite having a near perfect rating among film critics, “Selma” was mostly shut out from the Academy Awards, earning only two nods, for best picture and best original song, for “Glory” by rapper Common and singer John Legend.

theory of everything
“The Theory of Everything,” directed by James Marsh, depicts the life of legendary British physicist Stephen Hawking, who became a pioneering force in modern science despite suffering from ALS. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife, Jane Hawking, who helps support him through his worsening paralysis. “The Theory of Everything” is nominated for a total of five Oscars, including best picture, best actor (Redmayne), best carters (Jones), best adapted screenplay, and best score, for Johann Johannsson.

“Whiplash,” directed by Damien Chazelle, tells the story of a jazz drummer who endures physical abuse and emotional manipulation from a tyrannical teacher at an elite music conservatory. The film became an early critical hit, winning praise with its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to its best picture nod, “Whiplash” is also up for Oscars for best editing, best sound mixing, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor for JK Simmons.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out in a live telecast ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 22.

– Reuters

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