Mythology Academy Award Nominations Scored By Modern Myth Movies written by Sean Gerber January 15, 2015 The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning and some of the hardworking heroes behind our favorite modern myth movies of 2014 were recognized. Superhero movies in particular dominated the Visual Effects category, nabbing three out of the five nominations available. Here is a complete rundown of nominations received by modern myth movies along with other noteworthy nominations for superhero film alumni. BIG HERO 6 Best Animated Feature Film – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Achievement in Visual Effects – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Achievement in Visual Effects – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Achievement in Visual Effects – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White INTERSTELLAR Achievement in Visual Effects – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher Achievement in Production Design – Nathan Crowley (Production Design), Gary Fettis (Set Decoration) Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – Hans Zimmer Achievement in Sound Editing – Richard King Achievement in Sound Mixing – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten MALEFICENT Achievement in Costume Design – Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Achievement in Sound Editing – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas THE LEGO MOVIE Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) – Shawn Patterson for “Everything Is Awesome” X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Achievement in Visual Effects – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer And here’s how some of our favorite alumni fared. Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Benedict Cumberbatch – THE IMITATION GAME Bradley Cooper – AMERICAN SNIPER Michael Keaton – BIRDMAN Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Marion Cotillard – TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Edward Norton – BIRDMAN J.K. Simmons – WHIPLASH Mark Ruffalo – FOXCATCHER Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Emma Stone – BIRDMAN While we’re always hoping for the day when genre films land more of the nominations they deserve, the focus here should be on celebrating the achievements of those who were recognized. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which long held the title of “Marvel’s biggest risk” in pop culture vernacular, was able to land a pair of well-earned nominations. Speaking of Marvel, the studio claimed two nominations in Visual Effects between GOTG and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Not bad at all. In some categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was in near alignment with the Academy of Modern Mythological Arts and Sciences. Modern Myth Movie Award winner Hans Zimmer received an Oscar nomination for his INTERSTELLAR score while CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY all matched their Modern Myth nominations with Oscar noms in Visual Effects. We’ll have to see if our winner, GOTG, will have an Oscar to accompany its action figure, or if the apes on horses will prevail. When the Oscars air on February 22, there will be old and future genre favorites to cheer for. Batman, Doctor Strange, Rocket Raccoon, Talia al Ghul, J. Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy, and two Hulks are all nominated for outstanding performances in their respective films in 2014. How THE LEGO MOVIE failed to garner a Best Animated Feature nomination is beyond me, but like THE DARK KNIGHT in 2008, it will receive the consolation nomination from the court of public opinion. Speaking of which, there is sure to be the usual chorus of “the Oscars don’t matter anymore,” but that’s a false assertion spawned from frustration and hurt feelings. The Oscars are not the be-all end-all in deciding what’s good and what isn’t in movies, but they still matter. While they should never be necessary to validate one’s personal opinion of the best in movies from any given year, they provide another important form of validation and recognition for the hard work of talented people who pour their hearts and souls into their craft. Several people whose names scroll in front of half empty auditoriums finally get thirty seconds of the spotlight to be saluted for their achievements with millions watching. Check for genuine indifference among today’s nominees and you won’t find much, if any at all. Our congratulations to all of today’s nominees and to the favorites we’ve discussed and the best we’ve honored, we’ll be pulling for you on February 22. Academy Award Nominations Scored By Modern Myth Movies was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Big Hero 6Captain America: The Winter SoldierDawn of the Planet of the ApesGuardians of the GalaxyInterstellarMaleficentMarvelMarvel Cinematic UniverseThe HobbitThe Lego Movie 9 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Steven Soderbergh reimagines 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY next post Open Forum: BLACKHAT You may also like Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 27 to April... April 4, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: April 2 to 15,... April 16, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: January 8 to January... January 20, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 13 to 19,... March 20, 2016 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 8 to 14,... October 21, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 15 to 21,... October 29, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 26 to April... April 4, 2017 Open Forum: Is 2014 the Best Year... August 4, 2014 Weekly Ratings Roundup: October 1 to 7,... October 15, 2017 Weekly Ratings Roundup: March 6 to 12,... March 12, 2016 T.J. I still believe the Oscars matter, but to the observant eye, there is a prescribed formula for garnishing Oscar buzz and thereby Oscar nominations. Once you see the patterns, it takes away a lot of the Academy’s mystique. oliver_chang Oscars hate Batman, LEGO movie not a best animation?? Sean Gerber Can’t be a coincidence. Joshua Nathan Strong Can you guys do a commentary to the Oscars? Kerry Vanderberg Even though I love the Oscars and it was a family tradition to watch them every year, as I get older I find that the gap between the films I like and make the effort to watch and those that get nominated gets wider every year. “While they should never be necessary to validate one’s personal opinion of the best in movies from any given year . . .” I have to admit, this is an idea I wrestle with sometimes. When RETURN OF THE KING won clean sweep at that year’s Oscars, I was on cloud nine for a few weeks because I couldn’t believe that something I loved that much got that level of recognition. I felt like I personally got a lot of validation from that. I keep hoping for something like that to happen these days, but it seems like the Oscar people these days lean more towards indie/art-house films that just don’t peak my interest. I know I shouldn’t feel bad for not liking more of those films, or finding more interest in other films (like superhero films) than ones that get the recognition of the academy. I dunno, it’s something I go back and forth with. Sean Gerber I still watch the Oscars. It’s fun and I like to see people recognized for producing great work even though I don’t always agree with whom is being recognized via nominations and the eventual winners. I know it means something to the people who are nominated and that’s important. I watch all kinds of movies every year including the “awards” films, so I always have at least some investment and someone to root for in each category. That said, I always hope to one day see an Academy Awards ceremony that is more representative of the versatility of movies as an art form. There’s more to movies than blockbusters, but there’s also more to movies than historical dramas, biopics, and so on. The notion that The Academy “only” nominates certain kinds of films is a bit overstated, but generally speaking, there is still a gap when it comes to nominations for genre films. As for validation, it’s okay to be happy and stick a feather in your cap when one of your favorite films wins something. I can’t think of a TDK fan who isn’t proud of Heath Ledger winning an Oscar for playing The Joker. I think the trick here is the purpose you hold for the Oscars. It’s okay to be happy for and proud of the people who entertained and moved you at the theater when they get some well-deserved recognition. Just make sure you don’t need the films you like to be nominated in order for you to be sure that they’re actually good. The same goes for any other awards, critic reviews, and RT scores. If you think a movie is good, that’s all you need. Kerry Vanderberg So even though I liked JOHNNY MNEMONIC back in the 90’s doesn’t mean I’m stupid ;). I’m being pretty facetious there there, but maybe you get my drift. I tend to connect the things I really enjoy with my identity, so when they are torn to shreds by critics and so on, it has the potential to affect me. Kind of reminds me of being made fun of as a kid and when something I liked was made fun of (i.e. Ninja Turtles or superheroes), then it would just make me shrink and not want to speak up because I would be made fun of for liking it. I totally get what you’re saying, and I really appreciate that viewpoint. it’s one of the many reasons why I listen to your guys’ show and read reviews and news on this site. Most of the time this kind of thing doesn’t get to me. I still defend MOS heavily to this day, and I loved X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, despite the episode where you guys had a field day with it (my favorite scene in that movie is the scene you guys hate, the naming scene. The reason I like it so much is because I thought that scene perfectly captured what teenagers are actually like, as I have personally witnessed that exact same behavior in my 12 years of working with high school students, plus studying youth culture and adolescent development. That scene really hits the nail on the head when so many other films or TV shows fail to capture what teenagers are actually like. But I digress). Most of the time I’m able to state what I like with confidence and not worry about it. I think I’ve always sort of had the perspective that if any group were to be the determining factor in what movies were good and which ones were not (by way of not getting nominated), it was the Oscars. It tends to give them more weight for me, and when I disagree with their choices, I feel like I have to go great lengths to explain why. I’ve had a number of times where I’ve watched the Best Picture winner, and have been left wondering why it won when I thought the movie was terrible or thought there was a stronger film nominated (I didn’t care for MILLION DOLLAR BABY, whereas I thought RAY was incredibly powerful and moving; Even though NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN was the Coen Brothers’ most straight-foward movie, it didn’t make any sense to me and I was befuddled as to why it won). But these things happen. People still applaud SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and remember it more significantly, even though SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE won. Likewise LA CONFIDENTIAL still holds up for me, even though it didn’t win best picture. Anyways, I’m kind of rambling now. Sean Gerber Rambling or not, that last paragraph uncovered the most prestigious award that can be received by any film, which is an enduring, positive perception over time. Which film won which Oscar in which year ultimately turns into trivia that most people can’t recall without a smartphone handy. True prestige comes from being remembered, re-watched, and spoken about years after a film is released. THE DARK KNIGHT is better remembered by more people than SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and its influence across cinema has reached farther than any other film from 2008. STAR WARS gave birth to one of the biggest, most enduring sub-sections of pop culture ever known. That’s better than ANNIE HALL’s Best Picture Oscar, a point with which George Lucas would likely agree. It’s all about the movies you remember and why you remember them. JURASSIC PARK remains a cinematic landmark for me and always will even though I won’t challenge the BP Oscar for SCHINDLER’S LIST. I will surely take GOODFELLAS over DANCES WITH WOLVES, FARGO over THE ENGLISH PATIENT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING over A BEAUTIFUL MIND, MYSTIC RIVER over THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, SIDEWAYS over MILLION DOLLAR BABY, THE DARK KNIGHT over any of the 5 BP nominees from 2008, and so on. The frequently recommended, better, but never gonna happen alternative to the current awards structure (for The Academy and more) is to give awards 10 or 20 years after the films have come out. I’d actually prefer to have a show for the previous year and a show for the movies from 20 years prior so we can see if or how our views of various films have changed over time. But again, that won’t happen. For now, the best award I or anyone else can give a film is to pull it down from the Blu-ray shelf every once in a while, re-watch it, discuss it with those who’ve seen it, and share it with those who haven’t. stock Still a drag that Andy Serkis can’t be recognized in the Best Actor category for his mo-cap work. The man is creating the performance. He’s acting, dammit! Same with others, Ben Cumberbatch as Smaug, the guy who played Koba. I don’t know what the logical reason is for ignoring it anymore. Does Serkis have to wait for a Lifetime Achievement Award?