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After Thursday morning’s announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees, there has been a lot of backlash, more so than usual. There’s no pleasing everyone, so it goes, but this year it feels the backlash is rightly so.

It seems that it’s a case of one step forward, two steps backwards – all the solid steps taken last year to recognize and nominate a diverse range of actors and characters feels as if it’s been undone this year. It’s more than a disappointment that David Oyelowo is not among the Best Actor nominees. He gave a performance he was destined to play. Both he and director Ava DuVernay worked on the speeches he gave as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, because they weren’t allowed to use the originals from the late civil rights icon’s estate. They do such a fine job, you hardly are aware of that fact. That DuVernay wasn’t nominated – historically so, as she would have been the first black female in the best director category – is another shame. It feels as if it discredits much of what the Academy stands for and honours. And let’s not even begin to talk about The Lego Movie not being nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Jokes aside, there is a very real concern behind these Oscar noms. In a year in which the issues of race and criminal justice and society’s responsibility to come together to ensure equal rights for all are actually enforced, Selma, had it been nominated for more categories, could have made quite an impact. Yes, it’s about civil rights in the ’60s, but it’s as vital as ever in these current times. It could have tapped into that collective zeitgeist, and been a positive force of the movies on real life. As this Forbes piece states, it’s right to be angry about this oversight – because of the impact this snub could have on DuVernay’s career. Although she seems like a woman not prone to backing down from much, so this could probably just push her to carry on doing her own thing.

I am, however, happy to see cinematic masterpieces that are daring and exciting, Boyhood and Birdman feature, as had been expected. The rest of the major category nominees then…

Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

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

“Leviathan”

“Ida”

“Tangerines”

“Timbuktu”

“Wild Tales”

Best Documentary Feature

“CITIZENFOUR”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt in the Earth”

“Virunga”

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6″

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

 For the complete list, go to the Academy’s site. The 87th edition of the awards takes place on February 22 in LA.

Cue Hero the theme song that plays during the masterpiece that is Boyhood, this year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Picture in the Drama category. This film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January last year, so it seems a little like it’s been around for ever and has been overhyped a lot. Well, it may feel that way, but it’s an extraordinary film, and director Richard Linklater is indeed a hero, a visionary, for sticking with it for 12 years, and giving us a film with a giant heart, so much vulnerability and a kick-ass soundtrack. Selma and Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, winner in the Best Comedy/Musical category are also fantastic films, with the first being a very necessary and vital piece of work that needs to be seen by as many as possible, but I will not be unhappy if Boyhood follows 12 Years a Slave last year and goes all the way to take the Best Picture Oscar. [I, like many others I know, wrote about my very personal reaction to Boyhood here.]

Selma did get an award for Best Original Song, for Glory, written by Common and John Legend. The ever poetic Common had some vital words to say in his acceptance speech. Oh, and ten points to the Hollywood Foreign Press for getting Prince to present the award!

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I have yet to see Still Alice, the movie that earned Julianne Moore – who looked absolutely smashing in her metallic Givenchy dress – her Best Actress, Drama statue, but the film seems like it will do much to open eyes to Alzheimer’s when it releases. Eddie Redmayne was in a tough category for the male counterpart, beating out David Oyelowo’s excellent Martin Luther King Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch’s mathematician Alan Turing, but his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking is truly remarkable.

On the TV front, Fargo may have had 7 nominations going into the night, but it only scored one, in the Best TV Movie category. Transparent made history and set an interesting precedent for online entertainment by winning Best Comedy Series for Amazon as the first studio show created by the website that sells all manner of things. It also scored Best Actor for Jeffrey Tambor, a most deserving nod for a man who I’ve witnessed at SXSW give many a generous acting workshop. He dedicated the award to the transgender community, as he plays a transgender character.

Mention was made of the Charlie Hebdo attack and in solidarity, 2014 Oscar winner Jared Leto and Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement award recipient George Clooney, declared “Je Suis Charlie.” Clooney gave an endearing speech that poked fun at the dismal performance of his most recent directorial venture, Monuments Men, and exalted his new marriage to Amal Alamuddin. Sigh.

With the Oscar nominations coming out on Thursday, most of the films and actors mentioned in the Golden Globes can look forward to a nod or two. I’ll be keeping the Boyhood and Selma soundtracks playing in the background.

All the Golden Globe winners can be found here.  

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher was a film that stayed with me long after the credits rolled at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year. Getting to speak to the film’s stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in LA a few months afterwards was a highlight of 2014 for me. I wanted to understand a little more about how Steve, a man we know for comedy but glimpsed a bit of his darker side in The Way, Way Back, approached the unsettling character of the real-life wealthy John DuPont, a man who invited Olympic wrestling brothers, played by Channing and Mark Ruffalo, to his estate for training, with fatal consequences. Channing is also in a different role from the ones we’ve come to know him in so far (Ricky Martin videos aside), and I like that he is up for any kind of challenge.

One thing that didn’t get captured on the video is Channing telling me how excited he is for the Chappie movie to come out, because he’s such a big fan of Die Antwoord. Add another one to the list!

Foxcatcher just released in South Africa, and is currently still showing in the US too.

Pic: Sony Pictures Classic

The Hollywood Foreign Press has made known its noms for the ceremony next year, which will once again, thankfully, be presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The batch features many expected nods – Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher – but there are a few surprises, like Quvenzhané Wallis picking up Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy for Annie and no nods for Unbroken at all. Birdman leads with 7, with The Imitation Game and Boyhood got 5 each. Selma, which didn’t get any nods at yesterday’s SAG noms announcement, has made Ava DuVernay the first black woman to be nominated in the best director category. On the TV side, Fargo leads with 7 too, while True Detective and Orange is the New Black dominated this past year, so those nods seem pretty on point. Added bonus for the Amazon series Transparent scoring a Best Drama Series honour too.

 

Film

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical       

Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride 
       
St. Vincent

Best Director, Motion Picture

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava Duvernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Julianne Moore, Map to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie
Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K Simmons, Whiplash

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Original Song in Motion Picture

Big Eyes, Big Eyes, Lana Del Rey
Glory, Selma, John Legend and Common
Mercy Is, Noah, Patty Smith and Lenny K
Opportunity, Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Lorde

Best Original Score

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl
Birdman
Interstellar
TV

Best Comedy Series

Girls
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent

Best TV Series, Drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

Fargo
The Missing
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
True Detective

Best Performance by an Actress in  TV Series, Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Ruth Wilson, The Affair 

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Performance by an Actress in  TV Series, Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Best Performance by an Supporting Actress  in  TV Series, Drama

Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Allison Janney, Mom

Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best Performance by a Supporting  Actor in  TV

Matt Bomer, Normal Heart

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Colin Hanks, Fargo

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew Mcconaughey, True Detective

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan 

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Dominic West, The Affair 

For the full list, click here. The Golden Globes take place in LA on the 12th of January. 

With the online critics having given their honours out already (Boyhood is on a roll), and the Gotham Awards having taken place last week, awards season is a-go. Today we found out the Screen Actors Guild award nominations, and it’s interesting to see where the collective head-space is at. That’s not to say this is how the rest of the noms are going to go, as we know these ones are voted for by fellow actors, but in a year where many of the performances seem to have been better than the actual films, the SAGs have now had their say in who should be recognized. Some are pleasant surprises – Jake Gyllenhaal is creepy as hell in Nightcrawler, so it’s a thrill to see him make the list, and Meryl Streep is impeccable as the Witch in Into the Woods. But there’s no love for the Martin Luther King Jr drama Selma, and while I am only seeing the film on Friday, I have read enough about it to wonder why it hasn’t made the list in some way.

On the film side:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)

JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)

MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – Cake (Cinelou Films)

FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)

JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)

ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – Gone Girl (20th Century Fox)

REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – The Judge (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – Boyhood (IFC Films)

EDWARD NORTON / Mike – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)

J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – Whiplash  (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – Boyhood (IFC Films)

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – The Imitation Game  (The Weinstein Company)

EMMA STONE / Sam – Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

MERYL STREEP / The Witch – Into The Woods (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

NAOMI WATTS / Daka – St Vincent (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Boyhood (IFC Films)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)

The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)

 

 

On the TV side…

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini  – Houdini (History)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – Olive Ketteridge (HBO)

MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – The Normal Heart (HBO)

BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – Fargo (FX)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV)

FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – Olive Ketteridge (HBO)

JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – The Normal Heart (HBO)

CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – The Trip to the Bountiful (Lifetime)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones (HBO)

WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – True Detective (HBO)

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – True Detective (HBO)

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – House of Cards (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)

CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – Homeland (Showtime)

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife (CBS)

TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Coxima/Alison/Rachel/ – Orphan Black (BBC America)

Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham –Downton Abbey (PBS)

ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – House of Cards (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – Modern Family  (ABC)

LOUIS C.K. / Louie – Louie (FX)

WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – Shameless (Showtime)

JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper –The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker –Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy –Modern Family (ABC)

EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – Veep (HBO)

AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Modern Family (ABC)

Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX)

Veep (HBO)

For a full list, click here. The awards take place in LA on the 25th of January.