If I Had My Way: On the Awards

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Hey, I don’t know why I’m bothering with this either. We all have our faults. But for picky cinephiles  like myself, the Oscars are more of a burden than a joy, and doing all those predictions and watching the telecast are in direct opposition to the order your doctor gave to you to lower your blood pressure. They are that way because we do care about film and about the recognition our favorites do or do not get. But, hey, I wanted to shine a light on some of my favorite things from the past year that, were I Oscar omnipotent, would get recognition. Oh, but I changed the rules, and everyone gets a placard and win win for all y’all imaginary winners, woo!



  • Gone Girl
  • Nymphomaniac
  • We Are the Best!
  • Tom at the Farm
  • Mommy
  • Under the Skin
  • The Babadook
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Whiplash
  • Ida

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  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Double
  • Felix de Givry, Eden
  • Xavier Dolan, Tom at the Farm
  • John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Jack O’Connell, Starred Up
  • Dan Stevens, The Guest
  • Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • David Oyelowo, Selma



  • Emily Browning, God Help the Girl
  • Essie Davis, The Babadook
  • Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
  • Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
  • Mira Barkhammar, Liv LeMoyne, and Mira Grosin, We Are the Best!
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Anne Dorval, Mommy
  • Agata Kulesza, Ida
  • Elisabeth Moss, The One I Love


Supporting Players

  • Noah Wiseman, The Babadook
  • Kate Lynn Sheil, The Heart Machine
  • Uma Thurman, Nymphomaniac
  • Tyler Perry, Gone Girl
  • Olivier Anton-Pilon, Mommy
  • Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
  • Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • JK Simmons, Whiplash
  • Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
  • Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
  • Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
  • Michael Fassbender, Frank



  • Xavier Dolan, Tom at the Farm and Mommy
  • Ira Sachs, Love is Strange
  • Ava DuVarney, Selma
  • Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
  • Adam Wingard, The Guest
  • Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye to Language 3D
  • Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac
  • Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Mia Hansen-Løve, Eden
  • Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
  • Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl
  • Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
  • Richard Ayoade, The Double


Foreign Language

  • We Are the Best!
  • A Coffee in Berlin
  • Force Majeure
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
  • Tom at the Farm
  • Ida
  • Mommy
  • The Way He Looks



  • Whiplash
  • Gone Girl
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • The Guest



  • Palo Alto
  • Gone Girl
  • Ida
  • Under the Skin
  • Mommy
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Double
  • Selma


Original Screenplay

  • Zachary Wigon, The Heart Machine
  • Xavier Dolan, Mommy
  • Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler


Adapted Screenplay

  • Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best!
  • Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl
  • Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child


Animated Feature

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya



  • Citizenfour
  • Art and Craft
  • The Look of Silence

One thought on “If I Had My Way: On the Awards

    Andrew said:
    February 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    So many wonderful picks here! I’m shocked to see Pilon in your Supporting ballot though, as he’s so clearly a co-lead in Mommy (and my personal winner there). Cinematography is such a ridiculously strong category this year, but possibly the strongest category, for me anyways, is Score. I’m curious what your choices would be in that category.

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