There’ll be celebrations and frustrations in the film world today following the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations. In the good-news category, we’re thrilled to see Marion Cotillard receiving a Best Actress nomination for the wonderful ‘Two Days, One Night’, despite the film being in French (the Academy are pretty staunch anglophiles, traditionally), and we were also very pleased to see Pawel Pawlikowski’s magical Polish drama ‘Ida’ getting a pair of nods for Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.
We Brits have plenty of reasons to feel proud, too: alongside the expected Best Actor nods for Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Imitation Game’ and Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Theory of Everything’ were a fistful of technical nods including a pair of legendary cinematographers, Roger Deakins for ‘Unbroken’ and Dick Pope for ‘Mr Turner’ – though Mr Pope’s joy may have lost its sheen slightly when Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidentally referred to him as ‘Dick Poop’. All this, plus the expected wealth of nominations for films we loved including ‘Boyhood’, ‘Birdman’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’.
#FiveWordsToRuinAnOscarNominationsCeremony 'Dick Poop erm Dick Pope'
— Time Out Film (@TimeOutFilm) January 15, 2015
On the downside, a number of very worthy candidates barely got a look in: ‘The Lego Movie’ shockingly missed out on a nomination for Best Animation (perhaps because it has a handful of live action sequences), while the absence of ‘Nightcrawler’ for Best Film or its star Jake Gylenhaal in the Best Actor category is completely baffling. Perhaps this media satire simply cut too close to the bone. And while ‘Mr Turner’ may have scored a couple of technical nods, its absence in any of the Screenplay or Acting categories does feel a little harsh.
Overall, it feels like a pretty safe, unsurprising year: expect ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Birdman’ to lead the pack when the winners are announced on Feb 22.