With award show season coming to a close, the final awards show, the Academy Awards, has eight movies nominated for Best Picture. Here is a recap of how these movies did in the awards show earlier this year and how they hold up for the final stretch.
To begin, a little cheat sheet to the different awards shows:
|Golden Globes: Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press, members of world’s media. The past two years, the show has been hosted by Saturday Night Live alumni, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
||Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards: The SAG is considered the “nation’s largest labor union representing working actors.” Every year, at random, 2,100 members (of 125,000) are selected to pick the nominees, then the mass votes for the winner.
|Critics’ Choice Awards: Votes are done by the people who make a living out of watching films, the critics.
||British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards: Considered the “British Counterpart” of the Academy Awards, all nations are considered by the BAFTA Film Committee.
|Academy Awards: Also known as the Oscars, voters are members of the Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those involved in the business. Nominations are made by people in the particular category (i.e. directors nominate directors, actors nominate actors). Once the final nominees are in, winners are selected by all members of the Academy. Previously hosted by Ellen Degeneres the past two years, Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped as the host of the 2015 show.
American Sniper: An American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Bradley Cooper as the deadliest marksman in U.S. military, Chris Kyle. Based on the book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle. The movie depicts the story of Kyle as he struggles not with his missions in Iraq but with his relationship back home as his wife and the reality that he can never truly leave war behind. Though praised by critics, the film has received backlash from many in regards to the interpretation of the film celebrating war and killing as well as the controversial portrayal of Kyle. This film is the highest grossing film nominated out of the eight. Cooper is the critic favorite to take home Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
Golden Globes: 0 nominations.
Critics’ Choice: 2 nominations, 1 win. Best Actor in an Action Movie, Bradley Cooper.
SAG: 0 nominations.
BAFTA: 2 nominations.
Oscars: 6 nominations.
Total: 10 nominations, 1 win.
Birdman: Starring Michael Keaton as a washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero role, Birdman is a superhero that has the ability to levitate and perform telekinesis. He struggles to make career on Broadway while battling his ego and his attempts to recover his family. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu selects a star studded cast including: Zach Galifanakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Risborough, and Naomi Watts. The opening film at the 71st Venice Film Festival, Birdman has received critical acclaim and was named as one of the best films of 2014 by the National Board of Review. Birdman is tied with Boyhood for most wins of the films nominated and is tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel with the most nominations at the Academy Awards.
Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins. Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Michael Keaton & Best Screenplay
Critics’ Choice: 13 nominations, 7 wins. Best Actor, Michael Keaton, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor in a Comedy, Michael Keaton & Best Score
SAG: 4 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BAFTA: 10 nominations, 1 win. Best Cinematography
Oscars: 9 nominations.
Total: 43 nominations, 11 wins.
Boyhood: A coming-of-age drama, Boyhood was shot intermittently over a 12-year period (2002-2014) by director Richard Linklater and stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as divorced parents in Texas raising their kids, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. With originally no completed script, cast and crew would meet for a few weeks each year for 12 years. The script took shape based on the changes noted in the actors each year as well as their personal experiences. Declared a “landmark film” by many notable critics, Boyhood has been praised for it’s direction, acting, and scope as the film is both technical and intimate. After dedicating 12 years of their lives, this film is highly anticipated to win Best Picture. Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress.
Golden Globes: 5 nominations, 3 wins. Best Motion Picture- Drama, Best Director, Richard Linklater & Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette
Critics’ Choice: 8 nominations, 4 wins. Best Picture, Best Director, Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette & Best Young Performer, Ellar Coltrane
SAG: 3 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Patricia Arquette
BAFTA: 5 nominations. 3 wins. Best Film, Best Direction, Richard Linklater, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Patricia Arquette
Oscars: 6 nominations.
Total: 29 nominations, 11 wins.
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, an Austrian novelist, director, Wes Anderson brings the comedy of The Grand Budapest Hotel to life. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies) is a concierge who teams up/mentors a young employee to prove his innocence for a framed murder. Fiennes stars with an ensemble cast known for being featured in Anderson’s films, including: Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Tilda Swinton, just to name a few. The whimsical world partnered with quirky characters, magical costume and set design has been met with critical acclaim. The Grand Budapest Hotel is expected to take home Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.
Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win. Best Film- Musical or Comedy
Critics’ Choice: 11 nominations, 3 wins. Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design & Best Comedy
SAG: 1 nomination.
BAFTA: 11 nominations, 5 wins. Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Music, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design & Best Makeup and Hair
Oscars: 9 nominations.
Total: 36 nominations, 9 wins.
The Imitation Game: Based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British Cryptanalyst, Alan Turing, the man who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. Though deemed an international hero, Turing is thought to have committed suicide after his persecution for homosexuality. The director, Morten Tyldum brings together well known British actors Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Charles Dance in addition to Cumberbatch. A critical and commercial success, The Imitation Game has been included on the Nation Board of Reviews and American Film Institute’s “Top 10 Films of 2014.” The cast and crew have been honored by LGBT civil rights advocacy and Human Rights Campaign. At the Academy Awards, The Imitation Game is the top runner for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Golden Globes: 5 nominations.
Critics’ Choice: 6 nominations.
SAG: 3 nominations.
BAFTA: 9 nominations.
Oscars: 8 nominations.
Total: 31 nominations.
Selma: David Oyelowo takes on the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in this American historical drama depicting the events of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. Receiving universal acclaim from critics, director, Ava DuVernay is especially praised for the screenplay and direction. She is also noted to be the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and is the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Currently there is controversy regarding historical accuracy, as President Lyndon B. Johnson is portrayed as a reluctant political character. Taking home two awards for Best Song, writers, John Legend and Common are expected to take home the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win. Best song, “Glory”
Critics’ Choice: 5 nominations, 1 win. Best Song, “Glory”
SAG: 0 nominations.
BAFTA: 0 nominations.
Oscars: 2 nominations
Total: 8 nominations, 2 wins.
The Theory of Everything: Adapted from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking this biographical romantic drama focuses on her relationship with theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in the world of physics. Eddie Redmayne stars as Hawking and takes on the difficult physicality of the role, winning him two awards for his performance. Redmayne’s counterpart, Felicity Jones adds to the polished direction and strength of director, James Marsh’s vision. Music by Johann Johannsson combines acoustic instruments and electronics to tie everything together beautifully. Redmayne is a favorite to win for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 2 wins. Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, Eddie Redmayne & Best Original Score
Critics’ Choice: 5 nominations.
SAG: 3 nominations, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, Eddie Redmayne
BAFTA: 10 nominations, 3 wins. Best Actor in a Leading Role, Eddie Redmayne, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best British Film
Oscars: 5 nominations.
Total: 37 nominations, 6 wins.
Whiplash: A drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in a studio band, the film stars Miles Teller as a jazz drummer seeking the respect of his teacher played by J.K. Simmons. Simmons pushes his students to their breaking point for them to achieve greatness. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2012 Black List (top motion picture screenplays not yet produced). Originally produced as a short film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the script attracted many investors to make an adaption to the big screen. Despite receiving some criticism about distorting jazz history, Whiplash overall has received critical acclaim after its’ opening night at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. J.K. Simmons is anticipated to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him four for four.
Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 1 win. Best Supporting Actor- Motion Picture, J.K. Simmons
Critics’ Choice: 0 nominations.
SAG: 1 nomination, 1 win. Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, J.K. Simmons
BAFTA: 5 nominations, 3 wins. Best Actor in a Supporting Role, J.K. Simmons, Best Editing & Best Sound
Oscars: 5 nominations.
Total: 12 nominations, 5 wins.
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