Who Got Nominated: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash
Who Got Snubbed: Inherent Vice
Who Should Be Dropped: The Theory of Everything
Get ready to see this film a bunch on this list. But what else do you expect after Complex’s number one film in 2014 gets almost entirely shut out this morning? Paul Thomas Anderson is this generation’s Stanley Kubrick. And while both auteurs have the same amount of Oscars (zero), the Academy was generally wise enough to put Kubrick’s opuses into contention when there were only five Best Picture slots.
After receiving multiple nominations for There Will Be Blood, Anderson has sat outside the Best Picture race the last two ceremonies in years that he’s released a film (The Master and Vice). When there are up to ten Best Picture nominations every year, that looks pretty weak on the Academy’s part. Despite some complaints of Vice being too complicated to unravel, it was, regardless, a film unlike any other in 2014. A puff of smoke in a room full of mirrors.