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Best Picture Nominees - Worst to Best | 2015 Oscar

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People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (599 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)

What we have here is a film that features a concept that is much more interesting than the final result itself. Richard Linklater, and everyone involved, deserves a lot of credit for carrying the project through. But honestly, I think it's a gimmick that causes people to appreciate this film much more than what they would have done otherwise. I'm just having a hard time seeing that people would salute this film if it were shot on a time period of six months, instead of 12 years.

There's not really anything in Boyhood that sticks out to me. There's nothing memorable or interesting in it. Surely, it does have some sweet scenes in it, particularly those with Ethan Hawke, but I don't feel that anything leads anywhere. You could say that it's a film that delivers you small slices of life, but for that to work you'll have to resonate with the viewer and I didn't feel any connection. The film jumps around too much, it never explores any of the situations that the characters are in, or could be in. It never let them grow naturally, instead it feels forced because they're growing in real life. But it doesn't translate that well to film, because it'll just randomly skip ahead a few months or years because the real life situation demands so. And how am I supposed to care about a person that have suddenly grown without me taking a part of it?



The film is essentially two parts. The first part is when he's a little kid, and the second part is when he's a teenager. I've got problems with both part, not including what I mentioned above. Some of my issues with the first part is that they I feel that they've thrown in some very cheap, generic and unnecessary melodrama. The arguing between the mother and father and the sudden out-of-nowhere alcoholism from the step dad for instance. It just feels cheap, and what's worse is that none of it leads anywhere. It just ends because it has to end. The film is so full of potential story arcs, but there's no resolution to anything. And yes, I get that life doesn't always come with a resolution, but Boyhood just drops things because... Just because. The second half is horrible. Horrible film-school philosophy nonsense. They go on talking about how "words are stupid" and such, yet they keep on talking and pushing the horrible dialogue at us.

This is a film with a fine concept, some good stand-alone scenes and fine performances (particularly from Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette), but there's nothing in it that strikes me as being too memorable. This is a very forgettable experience.
Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Ethan Hawke
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Patricia Arquette | Won
* Best Original Screenplay
* Best Film Editing
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People who added this item 964 Average listal rating (601 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7

A very ordinary film about an extraordinary man and his relationship with the equally extraordinary wife (now ex wife). The story of Stephen Hawking is truly fascinating. Destined to die at an early age due to his illness, he's still alive and one of the most celebrated physicist's today. Therefore it's slightly disappointing to see that The Theory of Everything very rarely goes into the things that made Hawking so extraordinary. His whole work is barely touched and his impact on how we perceive the world today is never felt. Instead The Theory of Everything is solely devoted to the relationship between him and his first wife, Jane.

The film does tell this part very well and it never lacks in evoking emotions from this viewer. This is is huge parts thanks to a brilliant performance by Eddie Redmayne. He's at times heartbreaking to see on the screen. Yet, I will say that it is Felicity Jones that truly elevates this film up a notch. She's not only a very beautiful women, but her, slightly less noticeable performance is amazing. Their relationship is greatly told and their chemistry works well. Every moment of happiness and sadness transcends upon the viewer, and it's this part that makes The Theory of Everything a solid film.



I will however say that it plays it too safe, and there are some parts in their relationship that the film could have explored too a much greater extent. It does possibly pay a bit too much respect to the people that it's based upon, and thus any proper dramatic momentum is lessened a bit.

It does have everything it needs in it to be a very good film, if only it took some more chances. As it is, The Theory of Everything is fine and sweet, but too safe for its own good.

Nominated for


* Best Picture
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Eddie Redmayne | Won
* Best Actress in a Leading Role - Felicity Jones
* Best Adapted Screenplay
* Best Original Score
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I consider Birdman to be much more of a technical achievement than anything else. What Alejandro González Iñárritu have done with Birdman is something that should be celebrated, as he has gone into this film with huge ambitions and managed to land perfectly on his feet. At least when it comes to the technical aspects of this film. As well as the acting, which is tremendous. But when it comes to some of the other major elements that forms a really great film, I think that Iñárritu doesn't always fully strike home.



Despite the fact that the technicality of Birdman is flawlessly executed, I do believe that it turns into a minor gimmick eventually that drags away some of the emotion from the characters. There are some great characters that are established here, with some wonderful acting bringing them to life, but I do think that the characters in this film eventually end up playing second fiddle to the long tracking shots.

I do like the progression of the story, and that it toys with what's actually real or just a figment of the character's imagination. I also like that it doesn't bother with explaining too much, leaving much of the film open for interpretation. It's also very funny. Which I dug.

Nominated for


* Best Picture | Won
* Best Director | Won
* Best Actor - Michael Keaton
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Edward Norton
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Emma Stone
* Best Original Screenplay | Won
* Best Cinematography | Won
* Best Sound Editing
* Best Sound Mixing
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People who added this item 1097 Average listal rating (802 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Whiplash (2014)
Miles Teller does an excellent job in this film, but his performance is completely overshadowed by J.K. Simmons, whom delivers the performance of a life time in Whiplash. Rarely have an Academy Award been more deserved than the one he got for this film. I did not really care for the characters in the film. They were all unlikeable as characters, and not someone who deserved my sympathy. That was most likely the point, but I would have liked to have someone that I could emotionally resonate more with.



The brilliance of this film lies in the editing however. As an aspiring film editor myself, this was a great and valuable watch. The rhythm and pace of the film is wonderful, all due to really great editing. Something for every film class out there.
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* Best Picture
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - J.K. Simmons | Won
* Best Adapted Screenplay
* Best Film Editing | Won
* Best Sound Mixing | Won
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People who added this item 1521 Average listal rating (1016 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

Wes Anderson's cinematic style in The Grand Budapest Hotel feels very similar to his previous films, but it's still working like a well-oiled machine. Anderson has crafted an extremely amusing comedy with a whimsical plot that manages to combine humour, romance, mystery and melancholy to a near-perfect degree.



Anderson has also yet again managed to get together a brilliant ensemble of well-known, talented actors. Many of them are just there for minor cameos, but instead of just feeling like filler, each of them vanishes into their weird, unique character, which gives the film much more personality.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Original Screenplay
* Best Film Editing
* Best Cinematography
* Best Original Score | Won
* Best Production Design | Won
* Best Costume Design | Won
* Best Makeup and Hairstyling | Won
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People who added this item 832 Average listal rating (533 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3

I'm not overly familiar with the story of Chris Kyle, nor have I read his book. So I don't know how different this film is from what actually happened, but to be honest, I don't really care that much if it's 100% accurate or not. But I do care if it's a well-made film or not, which American Sniper definitely is. It's a great, and ultimately sad film with a brilliant performance by Bradley Cooper.



Clint Eastwood skilfully juggles the different aspects of Kyle's life, giving us a nuanced look at who he was. The war scenes are tense and thrilling, while the scenes with his wife are in gripping and slightly devastating. American Sniper's portrayal of an American hero is a fascinating watch, and one that surely will stick with you after it's over. Regardless of what you may think of the subject matter.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Bradley Cooper
* Best Adapted Screenplay
* Best Film Editing
* Best Sound Editing | Won
* best Sound Mixing
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People who added this item 1166 Average listal rating (742 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8

Despite the filmmakers taking creative liberties and not being 100% factually accurate all the time, The Imitation Game is a brilliantly constructed portrait of a man who deserved much more than what he ended up with. Norwegian director Morten Tyldum's film is in many ways your typical old-fashioned biography, but it's elevated above that by its incredible story, how well-made it is and by Benedict Cumberbatch's outstanding performance as the wrongly dishonored Alan Turing.



It's a film that gives us an incredibly powerful, nuanced and emotional look at Alan Turing. The film takes place during the cracking of the Enigma code, and gives us occasionally glimpses of his younger days and his later days, when he is facing prosecution for being gay. It's a film that manages to go trough every kind of emotion, and when the final devastating minutes unfold, I was left speechless. An outstanding film.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Benedict Cumberbatch
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Keira Knightley
* Best Adapted Screenplay | Won
* Best Film Editing
* Best Original Score
* Best Production Design
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These lists are ranking the best picture nominees for each year. This one takes the 2015 Academy Awards, for movies made in 2014.

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