Who should win: Timothy Spall for ‘Mr. Turner’, but he wasn’t even nominated. In his absence, the award should go to Michael Keaton for ‘Birdman’.
Who will win: Michael Keaton unless the Bafta boost helps Eddie Redmayne to pip him.
Who really really shouldn’t win: Steve Carell for ‘Foxcatcher’. Nothing wrong with the performance but it felt more like a character turn than a leading role, even if Carell was wearing a very long nose.
Oscars 2015 nominations
Oscars 2015 nominations
1/28 Birdman - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
2/28 The Grand Budapest Hotel - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Picture, Film Editing, Production Design, for Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Original Score
3/28 The Imitation Game - 8 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor ( Keira Knightley) Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Film Editing, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
4/28 American Sniper - 6 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
5/28 Boyhood - 6 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Actress in Supporting role (Patricia Arquette) Film Editing, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Original Screenplay
6/28 Whiplash - 5 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
7/28 The Theory of Everything - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
Working Title Films
8/28 Foxcatcher - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller), Best Actor (Steve Carrell), Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hairstyling
9/28 Selma - 2 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song
10/28 Mr Turner
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Score
Reese Witherspoon is Oscar-nominated for best actress in a leading role and Laura Dern is nominated for best supporting actress
12/28 Two Days, One Night
Marion Cotillard has been nominated in the best actress category
Oscar nominated for Original Screenplay
14/28 Gone Girl
Rosamund Pike is Oscar nominated for best actress in a leading role
Twentieth Century Fox
Nominated for Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Original Score
16/28 Still Alice
Best actress in a leading role nomination for Julianne Moore
17/28 The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing
18/28 Into The Woods
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
19/28 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Robert Redford and Chris Evans film is nominated for Special Effects
20/28 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Nominated for an Oscar in the Visual Effects category
20th Century Fox
21/28 The Lego Movie
Oscar nominated for best song 'Everything Is Awesome' but snubbed in best animation category
22/28 X-Men, Days of the Future Past
Oscar nominated in the Visual Effects category
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23/28 Begin Again
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again which is Oscar nominated for best original song
24/28 Guardians Of The Galaxy
Nominated for Visual Effects, for Makeup and Hairstyling
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography
26/28 How To Train Your Dragon 2
Oscar nominated for Animated Feature Film
Oscar nominated for Costume Design
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28/28 Inherent Vice
Oscar nominated for Adapted Screenplay
Who should win: Julianne Moore, but she deserves the award just as much for her performance as the brattish middle-aged Hollywood diva in ‘Maps To The Stars’ as she does for ‘Still Alice’.
Who will win: Reese Witherspoon. The voters love it when stars re-invent themselves – and the great outdoors of ‘Wild’ is a long way removed from her ‘Legally Blonde’ roots.
Who really really shouldn’t win: Felicity Jones. She is in doughty and affecting form as the endlessly patient and supportive Jane Wilde Hawking in ‘The Theory Of Everything’ but there aren’t the same fireworks in her performance as there are in those of the other nominees.
Who should win: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Wes Anderson’s archest and most exquisite film.
Who will win: It’s a tussle between ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Birdman’ with the extravagant showmanship of the latter likely to trump the heartfelt quality and daring of the former.
Who really really shouldn’t win: ‘American Sniper’. You can make an argument for Clint Eastwood’s film as a study of post-traumatic stress disorder but its jingoism is very jarring indeed.
Best Supporting Actor
Who should win: JK Simmons for his ferocious turn as the music teacher in ‘Whiplash’.
Who will win: Mark Ruffalo, the brilliant American character actor who is utterly convincing as an Olympic wrestler in ‘Foxcatcher’.
Who really really shouldn’t win: Ethan Hawke. Nothing wrong with his performance, given over many years, as the dad in ‘Boyhood’, experiencing profound changes in his own life as he watches his son grow, but this isn’t a showy role or one that stretches him to any great degree.
Best Supporting Actress
Who should win: Emma Stone, for her sly and subversive portrayal of the actor’s recovering drug addict daughter in ‘Birdman’.
Who will win: Stone is the bookie’s favourite.
Who really really shouldn’t win: Meryl Streep. She has enough of these awards already and her grandstanding, luridly enjoyable performance as the wicked witch in ‘Into The Woods’ would have seemed a little hammy even in panto at the Hackney Empire.
Who should win: Richard Linklater for the sheer ambition and painstaking originality of ‘Boyhood’, filmed with the same actors over a dozen years.
Who will win: It’s a toss-up between Linklater and Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose ‘Birdman’ is directed in a virtuoso but very flashy manner that is the utter antithesis of the patient craftsmanship of ‘Boyhood’.
Who really really shouldn’t win: Morten Tyldum does a solid job, but really nothing more, in wartime thriller ‘The Imitation Game’.