87th Academy Award nominations-The injustice to Gone Girl.

I originally intended to do some analysis on the nominations for various categories, but all my thoughts are immediately drawn to the fact that Gone Girl has not received any love from the academy.Far from it.It’s more like unexplained cruelty. It received nothing except for a very very deserving nomination for Rosamund Pike (Best Actress). As I’m writing this, I’m fuming. For those who haven’t watched the film, please do because it’s one of the best films you’ll watch this year, and maybe one of its kind for years to come. No other film will take a mundane theme of marriage,and subvert it,so that it reveals a whole lot of darkness that actually gives the potential for realism. It’s satire on the ‘victim culture’, on media, on our duplicitous nature and manipulation. And Fincher directed it in such a gripping way, I’m shocked he wasn’t nominated for best director. There wasn’t Best adapted screenplay too. And no Best Picture nomination.Perhaps the academy is still so dogmatic in the way it rewards films, choosing safe bets like The Imitation Game which was so predictable,stale and showed no willingness to innovate. Gone Girl is a masterpiece in modern film-making, unfurling it’s brilliant satire in dark twists, gripping stories, and intense characterization. Yet, no love for it. Basically it was bummed out and thrown out. Anyway,here are the nominees for the major categories, and yes although I’m still fuming, a predictions post will be posted soon 🙂 Stay tuned ya’ll.

Best Adapted screenplay

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

Best Original Screenplay

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
E Max Frye and Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Best Supporting actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Best Supporting actor

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
JK Simmons – Whiplash

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Actor

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Best Picture

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Would love to hear your thoughts on the nominations 🙂


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Gone girl most definitely should have been included! But these award people never get it right! To me it seems like they may have left it open for a second one, the way it ended with the announcement, stuff could get real crazy!


    1. jwforeva says:

      Yeah the academy’s choices are mainly safe bets, but they run the risk of overlooking more artistic, darker films. The Imitation Game getting 8 nominations?! Now that’s absurd.

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  2. You are right. I thought David Fincher would definitely be nominated as best director. But I hope that Rosamund Pike will get the award. She was insanely good!


    1. jwforeva says:

      Yes she was brilliant and really unsettling!


  3. I think The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the quintessential example of an entity with a split personality. Its members consistently nominate huge Hollywood blockbusters like Les Miserables, Inception, and Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, and then award the gold to small, innovative films like Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, or more recently, The Artist (I don’t know anyone personally who even saw the latter). Mainstream Hollywood makes its money off the big productions, but its conscience motivates it to reward the obscure, unheralded films that it ironically refuses to make. Personally, independently produced films with great storylines, solid characters, and clear messages or themes beat the over-the-top Hollywood productions any day of the week. Give me August: Osage County or give me Nebraska!


    1. jwforeva says:

      Thanks for the comment! Yeah absolutely, but in my view, Gone Girl is smarter than the typical blockbuster movie. This year’s nominees, other than Sniper and Grand Budapest, are all ‘small films’. It’ll be interesting to see which one comes out on top!


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