Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything have all made strong cases for Oscar this week – all landed Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nods for ensemble cast and Golden Globe nods in their respective motion-picture categories. All films also picked up at least two acting nods at the Globes, with Birdman nabbing bids for Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton. The only exception is Budapest, which still landed a highly expected, much deserved nomination for Ralph Fiennes.
And the big surprise of this week’s nominations? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) didn’t recognize Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken – or the actress’s work in the blockbuster Maleficent, which was highly expected to land her a nod in the comedy-or-musical category. For the time being, the WWII epic isn’t living up to its name, in regard to awards season.
In the name of shameless self-promo, you can check out more detailed Oscar musings over at my blog, Awards and Such. Keep in mind that my predictions there and on Screen Invasion might differ, given that I will update both at different times – I’ll update my Screen Invasion picks once a week; I’ll most likely update my blog picks at different intervals.