If I Had an Oscar ballot – 2015

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Now that you’ve (hopefully) read my wrap-up of the year that was 2014, I’m going to turn my eye towards the upcoming industry award shows. By now, you’ve probably already read about the Oscar nominations that were announced on Thursday, January 16. It’s also likely that you’ve engaged or at least heard about the outrage that sparked across the web regarding the organization’s all-white nominee list.

While this problem is something the Academy will undoubtedly need to address sooner or later, it’s a problem that stems from the industry’s lack of diversity. As an example, here’s what my Academy ballot would have looked like had I been an Academy member. Although you’ll notice slightly more minority nominees on my ballot, the majority of films and stories are still about the white experience.

Anyway… this is supposed to be a trivial, fun indulgence so go ahead and scroll through the nominee list below, and please share your lists with me too. My winners are marked in bold.

My 2014 Year-in-Review coverage:

In Retrospect: The Best of 2014

What Films Did South Florida Critics Love Most in 2014?

25 Movies I’m Excited for in 2015

2014: The Year in Superlatives?

 

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Best Picture

Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A Most Violent Year
Whiplash

(I’m sticking with five since it’s cleaner this way)

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Best Director

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
J.C. Chandor – A Most Violent Year
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

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Best Actor in a Leading Role

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
Irrfan Khan – The Lunchbox
David Oyelowo – Selma

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Best Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Beyond the Lights
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up
Alfred Molina – Love is Strange
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Katherine Waterson – Inherent Vice

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Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The LEGO Movie
The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6

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Best Foreign-language Film

Force Majeure
Ida
Like Father Like Son
The Lunchbox
The Raid 2

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Edge of Tomorrow
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy
Wild
Whiplash

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Best Original Screenplay

Boyhood
Force Majeure
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Love is Strange
The Lunchbox

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Best Cinematography

Ida
The Immigrant
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
A Most Violent Year

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Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Immigrant
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Snowpiercer

Whiplash

Best Film Editing

Boyhood
Edge of Tomorrow
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash
Wild

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Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Snowpiercer

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Best Original Score

Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Under the Skin

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Best Production Design

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
Snowpiercer

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Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Interstellar
Whiplash

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Best Sound Editing

American Sniper
Godzilla
Edge of Tomorrow
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Interstellar

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Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Categories I’m Abstaining from: Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short Subject, Best Animated Short, Best Live-Action Short and Best Original Song.

Winner Tally:

The Grand Budapest Hotel: 5 wins
Interstellar: 3 wins
Gone Girl: 2 wins
Boyhood: 1 win
Guardians of the Galaxy: 1 win
How to Train Your Dragon 2: 1 win
Love is Strange: 1 win
The Lunchbox: 1 win
A Most Violent Year: 1 win
Nightcrawler: 1 win
Two Days, One Night: 1 win
Whiplash: 1 win

 

Nomination Tally:

The Grand Budapest Hotel9 nominations
Boyhood: 6 nominations
Gone Girl: 6 nominations
Interstellar: 6 nominations
Whiplash: 6 nominations
Inherent Vice: 5 nominations
A Most Violent Year: 5 nominations
Edge of Tomorrow: 4 nominations
Guardians of the Galaxy: 3 nominations
The Lunchbox: 3 nominations
Snowpiercer3 nominations
Wild: 3 nominations
American Sniper: 2 nominations
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: 2 nominations
Force Majeure: 2 nominations
Godzilla: 2 nominations
Ida: 2 nominations
Into the Woods2 nominations
Love is Strange: 2 nominations
Selma: 2 nominations
Beyond the Lights: 1 nomination
Big Hero 6: 1 nomination
The Boxtrolls: 1 nomination
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 1 nomination
Foxcatcher: 1 nomination
Fury: 1 nomination
The Imitation Game: 1 nomination
The LEGO Movie: 1 nomination
Like Father Like Son: 1 nomination
Nightcrawler: 1 nomination
The Raid 2: 1 nomination
Starred Up: 1 nomination
Still Alice: 1 nomination
The Tale of Princess Kaguya: 1 nomination
Two Days, One Night: 1 nomination
Under the Skin: 1 nomination
X-Men: Days of Future Past: 1 nomination

 

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