My favorite 87th Oscar nominees

Of the 17 films nominated for major awards (Best Picture, Director, all four acting, and two screenplays), I have yet to see four. Time just caught up with me, but I’ll see them eventually. Regardless, I have ranked the films in each category by my favorite to least favorite. Nominees I haven’t seen have been marked with an asterisk.

These are by no means my official betting picks. However, they come close. That post will come later.


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

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

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

Birdman, Michael Keaton

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Still Alice, Julianne Moore

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

Whiplash, JK Simmons

Best Supporting Actor
JK Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge *

Boyhood, Patricia Arquette

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Emma Stone, Birdman
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Laura Dern, Wild *

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson

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

The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

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

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