Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cool Black's 2014 Oscars Short List

Blog Post #19
 For the first time ever

I never make Oscar “lists” this early, but this year I wanted to try. I never make predictions anyway. In my annual Oscar picks, they “are NOT who I think WILL win; it’s who I think SHOULD win”, so these are who I think SHOULD be given consideration based on the films I’ve seen thus far January to November 2014.

The nominees were announced for the 87th Annual Academy Awards on January 15, 2015. The ceremony will take place on February 22, 2015. Below I will post every "Post Nomination Result" below.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pictured left) for the film Belle

What they are calling a breakthrough performance and I agree. Her performance was the heart and soul of the film and I think should be recognized by The Academy. You can read my review for Belle at the ‘Nother Brother Entertainment blog here
Post Nomination Result: Was not nominated

Robert Duvall (pictured left) for The Judge  “Bobby D” has been one of the great American actors of his generation and he gives a raw honest performance here. He should get a nomination for this role and his body of work.

Post Nomination Result: Was nominated for Best Supporting Actor

Richard Linklater for writing and directing Boyhood  I just thought Boyhood was a phenomenal film. Linklater took what seemed like a gimmick and made it work—phenomenally.

He shot the film intermittently over an eleven-year period from May 2002 to October 2013, showing the growth of the young boy and his sister to adulthood. That means we see the SAME ACTORS age over this period. You can read more about the film at Wikipedia by clicking the link above.

Post Nomination Result: Boyhood received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

Force Majeure for Best Foreign Language Film
It has already been selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but I think it should get a nomination as it is a terrific film and one of the best I've seen this year.

Post Nomination Result: Was not nominated

Rosamund Pike (pictured left) for Gone Girl  A fearless performance that drives the whole film. I’d be surprised if she doesn’t get a nomination.

Post Nomination Result: Was nominated for Best Actress

Gillian Flynn (pictured left) for writing the screenplay for Gone Girl.  She also wrote the original source material, the novel Gone Girl. Only a tiny list of authors have successfully brought their books to life on the screen and she has done just that by writing an excellent screenplay. A more than worthy nomination.

Post Nomination Result: Was not nominated

So that is my short list. Looking forward to seeing more nomination worthy films in these coming months.


Click the graphics below to see my Oscars picks from over the years