7 Super-Satisfying Oscar Nominations

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The nominations for the Meryls Oscars were released this morning, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most nominationsnineincluding Best Picture. But even with eight films nominated in the Best Picture category, there were plenty of SNUB!!!s to be enraged over—this year The Lego Movie lost a Best Animated Feature nomination, Jennifer Aniston missed her first Oscar nod for Cake and Ava DuVernay did not make history as the first African-American woman nominated for Best Director for Selma. But why focus on the negative? Here are the nominees that made us smile.

1. Julianne Moore, Still Alice, Best Actress: It’s hard to believe the universally beloved Moore hasn’t been nominated in this category since Far From Heaven12 years ago! That she’s never won is the kind of glaring oversight the Academy will be only too happy to rectify.

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Best Picture: No, you are not confusing this film with a documentary about orphans who hid from the Nazis in a hotel during World War II, and then died there. An actual comedy was nominated for nine awards, including Best Picture, tied with another comedy, Birdman. 23 Jump Street, there is hope!

3. Emma Stone, Birdman, Best Supporting Actress,: Her first nomination is so well deserved, but we’re secretly just as happy to see how she follows up that epic Lanvin jumpsuit from the Golden Globes.

4. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher, Best Actor: A creepy simmer of a performance you’d never guess the lovable Office star could muster.

5. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood, Best Supporting Actor: Hawke has made a lot of terrible movies, and we can only blame Selena Gomez for one of them. He has also been occasionally fantastic, never more so then when working with his Boyhood director Richard Linklater (with whom he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, along with Julie Delpy, for Before Midnight last year).

6. “Everything Is Awesome,” The Lego Movie, Best Original Song: If Tegan and Sara get to perform their delicious satirical earworm at the ceremony, it will likely be the most minutes any Canadian is seen onscreen this awards season.

7. Best Special Effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: We have to respect anyone who makes us say, “You know… Judy Greer makes a really pretty ape.”


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

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

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 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
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

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

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

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt in the Earth

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

Best Film Editing
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie (written by Shawn Patterson)
“Glory” from Selma (written by Common and John Legend)
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights (written by Diane Warren)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (written by Glen Campbell)
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
“Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Short Film, Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Short Film, Animated
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Documentary, Short Subject
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Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth