The 2015 Oscar nominees were announced this Thursday, Jan. 15. The list isn’t terribly surprising, as 2014 saw a considerable pool of Academy Award-worthy films. Wes Anderson’s adorable “The Grand Budapest Hotel” snagged a whopping nine Oscar nominations, as did the highly acclaimed “Birdman.” Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” received eight nominations, including Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, and Best Picture. Surprisingly, Laura Poitras’ captivating Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” managed a well-deserved nomination for Best Documentary.
For the most part, the Academy Award nominees were fairly predictable, but as usual, snubs were inevitable. “Selma” stirred controversy with a meager two picks, Best Picture and Best Original Song. Ava DuVernay’s historical drama has received rave reviews, was nominated for four Golden Globes, and won for Best Original Song. Jon Stewart’s stunning debut film “Rosewater” received no recognition at the Oscars, a poor decision considering the masterful direction and important story. Arguably the biggest snub, however, is “Snowpiercer” being completely ignored. Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian sci-fi achieved critical acclaim, including our list here on Examiner, as well as recognition by the Boston Online Film Critics for Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton.
Similarly ignored movies include “The LEGO Movie” and “Edge of Tomorrow,” both critically acclaimed. While “The LEGO Movie” did receive recognition for Best Original Song, the fantastic animation and directing got no credit. The competition, however, was admittedly tough this year, and there isn’t room for every fantastic flick. Still, there seems space to offer at least one nomination to outstanding productions like “Snowpiercer,” “Rosewater,” and “Edge of Tomorrow.”