I smell Oscar… Yes, it’s Academy Awards nominations day, the day we discover exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne will be up against (hopefully) in next month’s Academy Awards.
From 1:30pm, we’ll start bringing you the shortlists for all of the acting, directing and filmmaking categories, followed by reactions to the nominations. Until then we’ll be live-blogging developments, speculation and any other Oscar-related goodness we can come up with. Let the fun begin…
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15:55: It’s been over five hours, I think I’ve said everything there is to say. Thank you for reading the RadioTimes.com Oscar nominations live blog – we’ll be covering all the build-up to the 2015 ceremony and the night itself so keep your eyes peeled.
15:51: And finally, before we sign off, here’s Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo’s reaction to their nominations in the best actress and best supporting actor category, respectively…
The 54-year-old has already been nominated four times with no success. Could 2015 be her year?
15:19: Reactions from more shortlisted stars are beginning to flood in (no rest for the nominated, eh?) Eddie Redmayne learned of his nod while dressed in a towel: “Twenty minutes ago I was in a deep, dark sleep, and there was this gigantic knock on the door,” he tells USA Today. “I stumbled in the dark and put a towel on and my manager was there brandishing a telephone with a lot of screaming coming out of it.”
Meanwhile Steve Carell has taken to Twitter to thank the Academy, his co-stars and director Bennet Miller:
15:15: Boyhood is this year’s overwhelming favourite for best picture – and to celebrate its nomination (and imminent re-release in cinemas), we’ve got an exclusive featurette including interviews with director Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette (both up for supporting acting gongs).
15:02: Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch has been sharing his reaction to his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game:
“I am knocked for six by this. So excited and honoured to receive this recognition. It’s wonderful to be included by the academy in this exceptional year of performances. To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life.”
14:49: The Imitation Game’s Keira Knightley picked up her second Oscar nomination, this time in the best supporting actress category. Watch her “imitation” of co-star Benedict Cumberbatch…
14:44: I’m back! And the next question is, of course, who missed out? Selma’s David Oyelowo, Cake’s Jennifer Aniston and – to Twitter’s fury – The Lego Movie were all snubbed from the shortlist. They’re all included in our list of the disappointed parties.
14:34: Excuse me for a quick tea break! All this Oscars chatter has worn me out…
14:33: If you’re just coming to this live blog, we’ve been going for the last three hours so you might need a quick update before scrolling down – here’s the full list of this year’s Oscar nominees across all 24 categories.
14:30: In case you missed the glorious moment Academy president announced Mr Turner’s “Dick Poop” had received a nomination for cinematography, here it is again…
12.58: Ooh, look at suited-and-booted host Neil Patrick Harris in the first official Oscars 2015 photo. The How I Met Your Mother star has got plenty of experience handing out gongs. He’s already fronted multiple Tony and Emmy award ceremonies…
12.55: For those lucky souls who do book a place at the 2015 Oscars, they can look forward to a bumper goodie bag waiting for them to (hopefully) go with one of those shiny golden statuettes. Take a look at last year’s freebie set here.
12.48: And when it comes to best picture, there’s a whole host of films vying for a coveted spot. A quick poll reveals favourites here in the Radio Times office to include Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game and Birdman.
But also competing for a place on the shortlist are The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Selma, Nightcrawler and Gone Girl. Oh, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken – although the WW2 epic has been overlooked in most major ceremonies so far so it’s unlikely to cause an upset.
Which films would you like to see nominated? Scroll (all the way) down to the comments box below and let us know…
12.39: Now for the ladies… Julianne Moore has been dominating all the major awards to date for her portrayal of an Alzheimers patient in Still Alice. But here at RT headquarters, I’m rooting for Felicity Jones whose Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything stands just as strong as Redmayne’s Stephen, her-onscreen husband.
But while there’s an embarrassment of riches in the leading actor category, it’s a case of slim pickings when it comes to standout female roles – something Felicity lamented when we chatted to her last year:
Likely to join the pair on the best actress shortlist are Reese Witherspoon for Wild, Gone Girls’ Rosamund Pike (a game-changing role for the former Bond girl) and Jennifer Aniston whose Cake performance marks an exciting change of direction for the former Friends star.
Although, don’t discount Amy Adams for Big Eyes, Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars and Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey – they could all cause an upset when the nominations are announced.
12.21: Let’s take a look at some of the favourites to compete in the major categories. First up, best actor – an award likely to have three British stars vying for Oscars glory. The favourite: Eddie Redmayne, without a doubt. The Theory of Everything actor already has a New York Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe under his belt, plus a slew of nominations across various ceremonies including next month’s Baftas.
Likely contenders to round out the list include Steve Carell for his creepy, creepy portrayal of multi-millionaire John du Pont in Foxcatcher, or one of the following: Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Jake Gyllenaal (Nightcrawler), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper).
12.16: With just an hour and fifteen minutes to go, here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of today’s announcement, courtesy of Oscars producer Neil Meron:
12.06: If you’re planning on reserving your lunch break to see who’s been nominated, spare a thought for those poor Americans setting their alarms for 5:30am to see the first shortlists announced.
Here’s how it’s going to work: directors JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron will step up to the podium at 5:30 to reveal the first batch of nominations: that includes the likes of best animated film, best documentary, original song, production design and visual effects.
Then Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will take the microphone from 5:38am to announce the remaining shortlists which include the coveted best actor and actress, supporting actor and actress, director, screenplay and – the ceremony’s centrepiece – best picture.
11.57: Ellen DeGeneres did a stellar job last year but 2015 will see Neil Patrick Harris step up to the plate – he’s already pretty hyped…
11.51: Also flying the flag for Britain and another hot favourite ahead of this year’s nominations is The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne who’s been wowing audiences both sides of the Atlantic with his transformation into world famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Eddie’s already got a Golden Globe perched on his mantlepiece – could he add an Oscar to his collection next month? Here’s what happened when we sat down for a chat with the twinkly-eyed man himself…
11.48: Considered a shoo-in for a best actor nomination is Sherlock’s very own Benedict Cumberbatch for his portrayal of codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game – a personal favourite here at RadioTimes.com HQ. We caught up with the man himself at the premiere back in October and witnessed his adorable fanboy moment when the Star Trek production team happened to wander past…
11.39: While the 2014 ceremony’s biggest winner was arguably Lupita Nyong’o’s little brother (bottom right, rubbing shoulders with Brad Pitt), the stars who took home the silverware included Cate Blanchett (best actress for Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey (best actor for Dallas Buyers Club) and 12 Years a Slave which stole best film from under Gravity’s nose.