Surprises and Snubs From the 2015 Oscar Nominations

The 2015 Oscar nominations came out this morning, and as usual, there are a number of head-scratchers. You can head to The Hollywood Reporter for the complete list–long story short, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and Boyhood cleaned up, and J.K. Simmons continues his all-but-inevitable path to Oscar victory with a Supporting Actor nomination for Whiplash.

For for now, let’s concentrate on the oddities. The lack of Selma nominations is a big surprise–it got Best Picture and Best Song, but nothing for director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo or writer Paul Webb. In fact, in a move that highlights Hollywood’s diversity problem, the Academy selected an acting nomination pool that is 100% white for the first time since 1998.

Read the rest on Film Journal International‘s ScreenerBlog.


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