Sunday 21 April 2019

Irish animated film 'Song of the Sea' among 2015 Oscar nominations as Jennifer Aniston misses out

IRISH animated movie 'Song of the Sea' is among the nominees for the 2015 Oscars.

The movie was nominated in the 'Best Animated Feature Film' category.

Meanwhile despite being tipped to land her first Oscar nomination, Jennifer Aniston wasn't nominated.

'Song of the Sea' is about two children, Ben and Saoirse, who live in a lighthouse by the sea with their father, Conor, who remains distraught over the loss of his wife several years earlier.

It is based on the ancient Celtic myth of the selkie.

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Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere of Cinelou Films' 'Cake' at ArcLight Cinemas on January 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere of Cinelou Films' 'Cake' at ArcLight Cinemas on January 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the 2015 Academy Award nominations.

Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams announced the first series of categories, mostly focusing on the technical groupings. Actor Chris Pine and Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs then moved on to the bigger categories.

Many of the same movies received multiple nominations in the main categories, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way with nine mentions apiece.

The most hotly-contested will be the best picture prize, which sees many of the films which had been anticipated to do well nominated. Vying for the prestigious golden statue are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Several of those were also named in the best director category. Alejandro G. Iñárritu received a nomination for Birdman and will battle it out against Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game for the gong.

There was little surprise in the best actor category, with many of those in the running for SAGs and BAFTAs mentioned. Eddie Redmayne picked up the best drama actor Golden Globe for his performance in The Theory of Everything on Sunday, and is in the running for the Oscar too. He is pitted against Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton for Birdman.

The best actress group offered more in the way of shocks, with Jennifer Aniston missing out on a nomination for her role in Cake, despite previously being one of the favourites. Reese Witherspoon scored her second nomination with her role in Wild, with Felicity Jones up for the gong for The Theory of Everything. Rounding out the category are Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Golden Globe-winner Julianne More for Still Alice and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl.

The best supporting actor prize will go to either Robert Duvall for The Judge, Ethan Hawke for Boyhood, Edward Norton in Birdman, Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher or J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.

Battling it out for the women's version are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, Laura Dern for Wild, Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, Emma Stone in Birdman and Meryl Streep for Into the Woods. This marks Meryl's 19th Oscar nomination.

Among the nominations announced by Alfonso and J.J. was the best animated movie, which drew whoops and cheers from the audience. Those in the running against  Song of the Sea are Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

The 87th Academy Awards will be on held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting proceedings.

The Full list of nominees are:


Best Picture

“American Sniper”



“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“The Theory of Everything”



Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”


Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”


Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”


Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”


Best Animated Feature Film

“Big Hero 6″

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”


Best Documentary Feature


“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt of the Earth”



Best Documentary Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″


“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”


Best Film Editing

“American Sniper”


“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”



Best Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie”

“Glory,” from “Selma”

“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

“Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again”


Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”


Best Animated Short Film

“The Bigger Picture”

“The Dam Keeper”


“Me and my Moulton”

“A Single Life”


Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper”


“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”




Best Sound Mixing

“American Sniper”





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