LOS ANGELES — As always, there were a number of surprises Thursday morning with the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominations, but one of the biggest ones was Marion Cotillard's nod in the lead actress category for "Two Days, One Night."
Roger Deakins inched closer to the likes of fellow cinematographers Leon Shamroy and Charles B. Lang Jr. Thursday morning by picking up his twelfth Oscar nomination to date, for his work on Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken." But where Shamroy and Lang each picked up some hardware in their day, Deakins — one of the most celebrated artists behind the camera today — is still looking for his first.
It may be an honor just to be nominated, but there's little to salvage from just being considered.
For the films of 2014, after a long year of opening weekends, festivals, campaigns, second-tier awards shows and holding their breath, the suspense was over at last, when in the pre-dawn darkness at 5:30 AM Pacific Time, the nominations for this year's Academy Awards were finally announced.
The last time I hopped on the phone with Ethan Hawke to discuss a nominations haul for "Boyhood," it was just after the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees. At the time, he said it felt like he, Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and the whole team were "crashing the party," and today, seven Oscar nominations later, it still feels that way for the newly minted Best Supporting Actor nominee.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley the filmmakers behind "Birdman," "The Boxtrolls," "Boyhood," "The Theory of Everything" and "The Imitation Game"... all have had a big morning with the announcement of the 2015 Academy Awards nominations.
Before diving into an analysis of this year's Oscar nominations, I want to say at the top that revealing all 24 categories live is the way to go. That was just wonderful, to hear all of those below the line artists' names called in the wee hours of the morning alongside the rest. Let's make that a tradition. Now, the nominations…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards Thursday morning and Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" led all nominees with nine each. "The Imitation Game" followed with eight and "Boyhood" and "American Sniper" each found six nominations. "The Theory of Everything," "Whiplash," "Interstellar" and "Foxcatcher" were the other films to receive major recognition earning five each.
Thursday morning the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were unveiled by filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs live from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
Over the past three and a half months, we have previewed the races in all Oscar categories and spoken with many of the leading contenders. For the ninth year here at Tech Support, it's now time to put all of that aside and put forward final predictions. Which craftsmen and craftswomen will be cited by their peers on Thursday?
Well here's something you don't see too often. Just two months out from a planned March release, Warner Bros. has moved Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea" all the way to Dec. 11, 2015. Let's all make the silly pun together: that's right in the heart of the Oscar season.