'Boyhood,' 'Budapest' Pace Oscar Nominees on Home Video15 Jan, 2015 By: John Latchem
Movie fans looking to check out the Best Picture nominees for the 87th Academy Awards before the Feb. 22 ceremony are going to have to hit theaters for most of them, as just two of the eight films in the category are already available on home video.
One of them, 20th Century Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, has been on disc since June, but still managed to outpace the field with nine nominations. In addition to Best Picture, the film earned noms for Best Director for Wes Anderson, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
The other is Boyhood, recently released on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount Home Media Distribution. In addition to Best Picture, the film earned noms for Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, Best Director for Richard Linklater, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
In addition, shortly after the nominations were released, Universal announced that Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything would arrive on Digital HD Feb. 10 and on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 17, the week before the Oscar ceremony. The film’s five nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor for Eddie Redmayne, Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson.
The only other Best Picture nominee with an announced street date is Whiplash, which Sony Pictures as slated for DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD Feb. 24, two days after the awards are handed out. Rounding out the film’s five nominations are Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Best Picture nominees not yet available on home video include American Sniper, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Selma. Birdman tied Budapest with nine total nominations, while Imitation Game had eight, American Sniper had six and Selma had two.
In the Best Animated Feature category, four of the five nominees will be available for home viewing before the ceremony. DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 is already available on DVD and Blu-ray, from Fox. Universal releases The Boxtrolls on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 20 and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Feb. 17. Disney releases Big Hero 6 on Digital HD Feb. 3 and on disc Feb. 24. The fifth nominee, Song of the Sea, arrives on disc March 17 from Universal.
While major Box Office draws were mostly shut out of the major categories, a handful will battle it out in the Best Visual Effects category. The nominees on disc include Marvel’s Disney-distributed Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The lone nominee in the category not yet announced for disc is Paramount’s Interstellar.
Oscar Nominees on Disc
|Begin Again||1||Best Original Song — "Lost Stars"||Anchor Bay||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Beyond the Lights||1||Best Original Song — "Grateful"||Fox||Available on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 24.|
|Big Hero 6||1||Best Animated Feature||Disney||Available on Digital HD Feb. 3; DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 24|
|The Boxtrolls||1||Best Animated Feature||Universal||Available on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 20.|
|Boyhood||6||Best Picture; Supporting Actor — Ethan Hawke; Supporting Actress — Patricia Arquette; Director — Richard Linklater; Original Screenplay; Film Editing||Paramount||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||1||Best Visual Effects||Disney/Marvel||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||1||Best Visual Effects||Fox||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Finding Vivian Maier||1||Best Documentary Feature||MPI||Available on DVD|
|Gone Girl||1||Best Supporting Actress — Rosamund Pike||Fox||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||9||Best Picture; Director — Wes Anderson; Original Screenplay; Original Score — Alexandre Desplat; Film Editing; Cinematography; Production Design; Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling||Fox||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||2||Best Visual Effects; Makeup and Hairstyling||Disney/Marvel||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||1||Best Animated Feature||Fox/DreamWorks||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Ida||2||Best Foreign-Language Film; Cinematography||Music Box||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Into the Woods||3||Best Supporting Actress — Meryl Streep; Production Design; Costume Design||Disney||Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 24|
|The Judge||1||Best Supporting Actor — Robert Duvall||Warner||Available on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 27|
|Last Days in Vietnam||1||Best Documentary Feature||PBS||Available on Digital HD|
|The Lego Movie||1||Best Original Song — "Everything Is Awesome"||Warner||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Maleficent||1||Costume Design||Disney||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|Nightcrawler||1||Best Original Screenplay||Universal||Available on Digital HD Jan. 27; DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 10|
|Song of the Sea||1||Best Animated Feature||Universal||Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 17|
|The Tale of the Princess Kaguya||1||Best Animated Feature||Universal||Available on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 17|
|The Theory of Everything||5||Best Picture; Actor — Eddie Redmayne; Actress — Felicity Jones; Adapted Screenplay; Original Score — Jóhann Jóhannsson||Universal||Available on Digital HD Feb. 10; DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 17|
|Whiplash||5||Best Picture; Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons; Adapted Screenplay; Film Editing; Sound Mixing||Sony Pictures||Available on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 24.|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||1||Best Visual Effects||Fox||Available on DVD and Blu-ray|
|For a complete list of winners visit oscars.org|