The Awards Circuit Staff Awards – The Nominees

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birdman_quadposterNot limited to just individual Top 10 lists and year-in-review conversations on the Awards Circuit Power Hour each week, the Awards Circuit staff have grabbed their notes, looked over their reviews, considered and reconsidered the performances and films of 2014 and filled out nominations for the this year’s Awards Circuit Staff Awards.

Collectively, your Awards Circuit staff (13 in total) have selected nominees in 25 categories, many of them conventional Oscar categories, but also in additional categories which fill in some of the gaps Oscar season tends to overlook. Categories like Best Hybrid Work honor work done in the world of digital capture and animation, while the Body of Work award celebrates those who turn in stellar performances across a number of different projects. While a Best Ensemble Cast award is feted by the Screen Actors Guild, you will also find the Awards Circuit selections in that category, along with Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Adapted Score/Soundtrack.

Fresh off its upset victory at the Producers Guild Awards last night, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman leads the field with 12 nominations, followed by Wes Anderson’s Oscar breakthrough The Grand Budapest Hotel, which scored 10 nominations/mentions. Making something of a last stand in the Oscar season were Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which received the love from Awards Circuit staff that Oscar refused, scoring 9 mentions each.

Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar and Gone Girl comprise 4 of the 10 Best Picture nominees this year. Rounding out the slate are Richard Linklater’s Oscar favorite Boyhood, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.

Matching up the acting races to the Oscar races shakes things up considerably, especially in the Best Actress category where the Awards Circuit nominate two of Oscar’s Best Actress class – Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). Only one nominee in Oscar’s Best Actor race makes the cut with Awards Circuit writers – Michael Keaton in Birdman. The supporting actor categories find more consistency with Oscar’s nominees. Four of the five Supporting Actor nominees match up with Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice displacing Robert Duvall in The Judge. For Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) and Emma Stone (Birdman) join Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) and Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) in rounding out the field.

Jessica Chastain is a triple nominee this year, adding a Best Actress nomination for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them to her Best Supporting Actress nomination and a Body of Work nomination for work in four films.

Check out all of this year’s Nominees for this year’s Awards Circuit Staff Awards. The winners will be announced on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Your own awards, the Awards Circuit Community Awards will be announced on this week’s edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast show.  Make sure to listen for those.

BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Fox Searchlight Pictures
Boyhood, IFC Films
Foxcatcher, Sony Pictures Classics
Gone Girl, 20th Century Fox
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fox Searchlight
Interstellar, Paramount Pictures
Mommy, Roadside Attractions
A Most Violent Year, A24
Selma, Paramount Pictures
Whiplash, Sony Pictures Classics

BEST DIRECTING

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan
Selma, Ava DuVernay
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

BEST ACTOR – LEADING ROLE

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Oyelowo, Selma
Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher

BEST ACTRESS – LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye & Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre, Elizabeth Holm & Karen Maine
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Selma

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Song of the Sea

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CITIZENFOUR
Finding Vivian Maier
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Life Itself

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Force Majeure
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Ida
Mommy
Two Days, One Night

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Birdman, Antonio Sanchez
Gone Girl, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar, Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Begin Again, “Lost Stars” (Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois, composers)
Big Hero 6, “Immortals” (Andy Hurley, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman & Pete Wentz, composers)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, “No Fate Awaits Me” (Katie Chastain, Nathan Johnson, Ryan Lott, composers)
The LEGO Movie, “Everything Is Awesome!!!” (Shawn Patterson, composer)
Selma, “Glory” (John Stephens, Lonnie Lynn, composers)

BEST ADAPTED SCORE/SOUNDTRACK

Beyond the Lights
Boyhood
The Fault in Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Interstellar
A Most Violent Year

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Belle
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
A Most Violent Year

BEST FILM EDITING

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Whiplash

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Into the Woods

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Godzilla
Interstellar
Under the Skin
Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Under the Skin

BEST BODY OF WORK 2014

Jessica Chastain, acting – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year
Alexandre Desplat, composing – Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Monuments Men, Unbroken
Scarlett Johansson, acting – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chef, Lucy, Under the Skin
Channing Tatum, acting – 22 Jump Street, The Book of Life, Foxcatcher, The LEGO Movie
Bradford Young, cinematography – A Most Violent Year, Selma

BEST BREAKTHROUGH OF 2014

Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle & Beyond the Lights
Jack O’Connell, Starred Up & Unbroken
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

BEST HYBRID WORK

Scott Adsit as the voice of Bayman, Big Hero 6
Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy
Toby Kebbell for motion capture and voiceover work as Koba, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Chris Pratt as the voice of Emmett Brickowski, The LEGO Movie
Andy Serkis for motion capture and voiceover work as Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

NOMINATIONS/MENTIONS PER FILM

12 – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
10 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
9 – Gone Girl
9 – Interstellar
8 – Boyhood
7 – Guardians of the Galaxy
6 – Foxcatcher
6 – A Most Violent Year
6 – Selma
6 – Whiplash
4 – Into the Woods
4 – The LEGO Movie
3 – Big Hero 6
3 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
3 – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
3 – The Imitation Game
3 – Obvious Child
3 – Under the Skin
2 – Belle
2 – Beyond the Lights
2 – The Fault in Our Stars
2 – Godzilla
2 – Inherent Vice
2 – Mommy
2 – Unbroken
1 – 22 Jump Street
1 – Begin Again
1 – The Book of Life
1 – The Boxtrolls
1 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
1 – Chef
1 – CITIZENFOUR
1 – Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)
1 – Finding Vivian Maier
1 – Force Majeure
1 – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
1 – How To Train Your Dragon 2
1 – Ida
1 – The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
1 – Jodorowsky’s Dune
1 – Life Itself
1 – Lucy
1 – Maleficent
1 – Miss Julie
1 – The Monuments Men
1 – Song of the Sea
1 – Starred Up
1 – Still Alice
1 – The Theory of Everything
1 – Two Days, One Night