19 February 2015

Skandies: The "nominees"

Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)

Best Picture

• Boyhood
• The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Stranger by the Lake
• Two Days, One Night
• Under the Skin

Overlap with Oscar nominees: Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Just missedBird People (#21), Coherence (#22), Listen Up Philip (#23), National Gallery (#24), Foxcatcher (tie for #25), Love Is Strange (tie for #25).
Not so muchBirdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (#33), A Most Violent Year (#36), Selma (#42), American Sniper (#54), The Imitation Game (no votes), The Theory of Everything (no votes).

Best Director

• Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
• Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
• Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
• Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Previous "nominations": Both Andersons have three, and this fourth nomination for each places them in a tie for 2nd in the all-time rankings—only the Coens, with five nominations, have more. (Also in the 4-nom club: David Fincher, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino.) PTA won for There Will Be Blood in 2007, and also placed 4th for Magnolia in 1999 and 2nd for The Master in 2012. Wes came in 5th for Rushmore (1998), 4th for Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and 3rd for Moonrise Kingdom (2012), so he's clearly on course to finish 2nd this year. Linklater, surprisingly, has only landed in the top five once, for Before Sunset (#4, 2004).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Wes Anderson, Linklater.
Just missed: Robert Greene, Actress (#21); Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher (#22); Ava DuVernay, Selma (#23); Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (#24); Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida (#25).
Not so much: Clint Eastwood, American Sniper (#54); Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game (no votes).

Best Actress

• Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
• Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
• Essie Davis, The Babadook
• Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
• Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Previous "nominations": Johansson ties Cate Blanchett as the most-nominated actor in Skandie history, with five total; she's won Supporting Actress twice, for Ghost World (2001) and Her (just last year), and also placed 5th for The Horse Whisperer (1998) and 2nd in the lead category for Lost in Translation (2003). Interesting, given that she's not generally regarded as a Great Actress.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Cotillard (for Two Days, One Night), Pike.
Just missed: Mira Barkhammar, We Are the Best! (#21); Sara Carlson, Stop the Pounding Heart (#22); Emmanuelle Devos, If You Don't, I Will (#23); Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (#24)—recall that she did place 13th for Vol II; Mira Grosin, We Are the Best! (#25).
Not so much: Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything (#93 in Supporting Actress).

Best Actor

• Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep
• Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
• David Oyelowo, Selma
• Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

Previous "nominations": Phoenix has now been nominated three consecutive times, having placed 5th for Her (last year) and 3rd for The Master (2012); he also won Best Actor outright in 2009 for Two Lovers. Fiennes placed 2nd for The English Patient way back in 1996.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
Just missed: Jack O'Connell, Starred Up (#21); Johannes Kuhnke, Force Majeure (#22); Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar (#23); Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange (#24); Jason Schwartzman, Listen Up Philip (#25).
Not so much: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything (#53); Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game (#54).

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

Previous "nominations": Norton racked up three nominations in the survey's first five years, but hadn't been seen up top since he placed 4th in Best Actor for Fight Club back in 1999. He also finished 1st and 2nd in Supporting Actor in 1996, for The People vs. Larry Flynt and Primal Fear, respectively. Brolin placed 3rd in the lead category for No County for Old Men (2007). Ruffalo won Best Actor in 2000 for You Can Count on Me.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: We nearly duplicated their list, merely substituting Brolin for Robert Duvall. Good taste on the Academy's part, or laziness on ours? (A little of both, I think.)
Just missed: Jeremy Renner, The Immigrant (#21); Gary Poulter, Joe (#22); Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler (#23); Christophe Paou, Stranger by the Lake (tie for #24); Randall Park, The Interview (tie for #24).
Not so much: Robert Duvall, The Judge (no votes).

Best Supporting Actress

• Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
• Agata Kulesza, Ida
• Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
• Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
• Uma Thurman, Nymph()maniac Vol. I

Previous "nominations": Tilda Swinton also ties Cate Blanchett (and Scarlett Johansson) for the most-nominated actor of all time. (The most-nominated XY actors are Nicolas Cage, Edward Norton, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, and Billy Bob Thornton, with four apiece.) She won Best Actress in 2009 for Julia and has placed 5th for The Deep End (2001), 4th for Michael Clayton (2007), and 5th again for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Thurman, too, is a previous Best Actress winner, for Kill Bill Vol. I (2003); she should stick exclusively to Volume I of films so long that they wind up divided in two.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Only Arquette.
Just missed: Joanna Newsom, Inherent Vice (#21); Kim Dickens, Gone Girl (#22); Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood (#23); Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank (#24); Alexia Rasmussen, Proxy (#25).
Not so much: Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year (#27); Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game (#67 in the lead category); Meryl Streep, Into the Woods (#93).

Best Screenplay

• Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
• Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
• Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Two Days, One Night
• Richard Linklater, Boyhood
• Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure

Previous "nominations": Wes Anderson scores his fifth career nomination, putting him alone in 2nd place (well behind the Coens, with eight). He won two years ago for Moonrise Kingdom (written with Roman Coppola), and his screenplays for Rushmore (1998, written with Owen Wilson), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, written with Owen Wilson) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, written with Noah Baumbach) placed 3rd, 5th, and 5th, respectively. Linklater was nominated for all three Before films—there's no way to know how he placed for Before Sunrise, as 1995 (year one) was conducted Oscar-style, but he placed 2nd for Sunset (2004) and won for Midnight (last year), both of which he co-wrote with Delpy and Hawke). PTA won for There Will Be Blood in 2007 and placed 4th for The Master in 2012.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Both Andersons, Linklater.
Just missed: Lars von Trier, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (#21); Ramon Zürcher, The Strange Little Cat (#22); Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love Is Strange (#23); Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin, Leviathan (#24); Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best! (#25).
Not so much: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (#29); E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher (#46); Jason Hall, American Sniper (#59); Graham Moore, The Imitation Game (no votes); Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything (no votes).

Best Scene

Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shirley, The Babadook is one of the most overrated movies of last year.