There are three big movies this year, Linklater’s Boyhood, Inarritu’s Birdman, and Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. The past two years have shown us a split for Best Picture and Director and this might be the third. It’s mainly down to Inarritu who won the DGA award and Linklater who picked up at the Globes, Critics Choice, and BAFTAs. Both made incredibly unique films, with interesting techniques and stunning results. The story of the summer was Boyhood‘s twelve year production, and although the summer pick rarely makes a big showing by the time the award season starts, this one has held on and picked up steam nearing the Oscars. Birdman is the late pick that has quickly gained momentum to become a frontrunner alongside Boyhood. It’s certainly a close race, and although there’s potential for a split in Picture and Director, we’ve chosen Boyhood (and Richard Linklater) for each.
Selma is the snub of the season, and that shows here as Ava DuVernay missed out on a nomination. It’s not to say she would have won over Linklater or Inarritu, but she certainly could have taken Tyldum’s or Miller’s spot.
- Richard Linklater (Boyhood) – 2 previous nominations
- Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) – 2 previous nominations
- Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – 3 previous nominations
- Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) – no previous nominations
- Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) – 1 previous nominations