1. Inherent Vice wipeout – As a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest effort, I was very disappointed it was only nominated in the Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design categories. Anderson has never been a true darling of the Academy, but locking out one of the more unique adaptations in recent years is a letdown.
2. Gillian Flynn is a Gone Girl – Speaking of the Adapted Screenplay category, given that it is so rare for an author to adapt their own work for the screen (and with as much success as Flynn achieved with Gone Girl) it is disheartening that lesser fare like The Imitation Game getting recognized instead.
The reason Selma didn’t perform better today — or, rather, the reason the Academy didn’t do better by Selma today — has a great deal to do with some infuriatingly mundane issues: release timing and campaign strategy. As I hope a lot of companies are realizing this morning, it is just about always a mistake to release a serious Oscar movie in the second half of December…The Selma campaign, faced with a movie that was not going to be ready until the last minute, made a set of decisions that were, I think, catastrophic. Chief among them, it opted to shrug off most of the guild awards and not send DVDs to their memberships (it wasn’t eligible for the WGA), missing many opportunities to build enthusiasm in the rank-and-file.
4. Everything is not awesome The Lego Movie – While we are glad to see Tegan & Sara up for best original song, we were sad to see no Lego love for the animators. Peter Debruge has a great list of potential reasons The Lego Movie didn’t get recognized in the Best Animated Feature category, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.
5. Wes Anderson: finally! – Overjoyed that Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel tied for the most nominations (with 9), and especially that he was recognized for both writing and directing his best film to date.
6. Enough for Meryl Streep – Easily one of the greatest actors of all time, but unless her next performance is a career (re)defining achievement, she doesn’t need yet another nomination. I think she’d agree.
7. Boyhood‘s to lose – I think that Boyhood is the frontrunner right now, despite Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel getting more nominations. We will have more commentary and formal predictions closer to the ceremony, but for now, tell us what you think in the comments below!