The 2015 Oscar Nominations

Here’s the 2015 Oscar Nominations. We’ll talk about it these in BLAB 25.

Best Picture: 

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Birdman
  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash

 Best Director:

  •  Alejando G. Inarritu (Birdman)
  •  Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  •  Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  •  The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum

Best Actor: 

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

 Best Actress: 

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

 Best Supporting Actor: 

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress: 

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitaion Game)

Interpretations of Under The Skin

Following on from BLAB 21, I thought I’d share these from critics who I respect if not always agree with:


Some Blab Oscar Predictions

It’s that time of Year, so here we go. Here’s some predictions for the 2014 Oscars by Blab members (and associates)


  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave.
  • Best Director: Alexander Payne.
  • Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor.
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett.
  • Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi.
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence.


  • Best Picture: Gravity.
  • Best Director: David O. Russell.
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Best Actress: Judi Dench.
  • Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi.
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o.

BLAB 5 Reminder

Yes!  It is tomorrow.  At my house – let’s go 7:30 for 8:00 again.  Topic reminders… Ticket To Ride in all its iterations and Seven Samurai.  If you haven’t watched Seven Samurai yet, well, you’ve only got tonight to get it done, so you’re in for a bonza night!  We’ll also have a chat about the Oscar nominations.

And, perhaps, bring a suggestion for an upcoming BLAB topic and maybe we’ll have a vote or something.

Girl Walk // All Day

I just wanted to point you in the direction of Girl Walk // All Day.  It’s an independent film (funded by Kickstarter I believe), a feature-length music video, if you like.  I heard about it from the Filmspotting and Filmspotting SVU podcasts, both of which recommended it highly.  It features the dancing of a few people (primarily a woman named Anne Marsen) as they make their way through New York City.  Evidently filmed without permits it includes reactions of bystanders and passers-by as well as some great choreographed moments.  It’s broken into 12 chapters, which can all be watched on the website for free.  It’s all to the mash-up album All Day by Girl Talk, which is in itself pretty darn cool.