Oscar Watching: Looking to Tomorrow’s Nominations
We’re at that point, folks. Oscar nominations drop tomorrow, and for the first time ever, every category will have an official announcement. (In years past, many “smaller” categories were announced by way of press release.)
Of course, this means that we have to predict who will get in – and who won’t. Other awards ceremonies can be good bellwethers for how this will turn out. But while many different awards groups have announced nominees or winners over the last few days, Oscar voting closed on Thursday. In other words, these groups will have no impact on the Oscar nominations, but they might showcase how members of the motion-picture academy voted.
Perhaps most importantly, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled its nominees. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the way with 11 nominations, including bids in picture, director, actor for Ralph Fiennes, and original screenplay. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything were next in line with 10 nominations, including picture nominations. Anderson and Iñárritu also made the Directors Guild of America (DGA) lineup, which also includes Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Richard Linklater for Boyhood, and Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game. The last time the DGA fully predicted Oscar’s director lineup was 2009, but I think it can happen again this year.
And of course, the Golden Globe wins. Few – if any – predicted the Budapest upset for motion picture, musical or comedy, but assuming that it gets the picture bid at the Oscars, it’s become a major threat for the win. Beyond that, the film wins of the night went as most predicted – well, for the most part, but we’ll get to that later.