The 2015 Oscar nominees were announced this morning. This is, of course, very early for the West Coast.
The first 11 nominees were read by directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams. The remaining 13 were read by actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Someone made a joke about Abrams, and it sort of worked.
A sneak preview of JJ Abrams’ Oscar announcements. pic.twitter.com/Pd0RpGbXN7— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 15, 2015
This one, however, did not. Mostly because, given the excitement of the telecast, there was no time to google "nespresso."
Alfonso Cuaron's voice is so smooth every nominee should be "Nespresso"— Christopher Hooton (@ChristophHooton) January 15, 2015
People quickly noted how significant it was that Cuarón was announcing 2015's nominees, which include Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman.
The most nominations went to Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, as expected.
A big morning for 'Birdman' and 'Grand Budapest Hotel' -- as both movies lead the list of Oscar nods with nine each. http://t.co/uK0M6FF54z— NPR News (@nprnews) January 15, 2015
The folks at the Glasgow Film Festival, where the Wes Anderson comedy premiered, were excitedly picking out their Oscars wardrobe.
We'd like to thank the Academy for all the Grand Budapest Hotel nominations, and are now excitedly sorting our red carpet frocks. #OscarNoms— Glasgow Film Fest (@glasgowfilmfest) January 15, 2015
Probably because this is Anderson's first director nom.
First Oscar nomination as director for Wes Anderson and for his cinematographer, Robert Yeoman, master of aspect ratios.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) January 15, 2015
Not everyone was thrilled about that.
"Sorry, black filmmaker, you may have a great idea, but Wes Anderson wants to make another precious dollhouse film w/ twee rich white folk."— The Other Other Milo (@BNick) January 15, 2015
But this guy was.
I need to finally start the Black Dudes for Wes Anderson club.— Martin Douglas (@douglasmartini) January 12, 2015
There was a strange controversy about sound.
Like, an actual controversy.
INTERSTELLAR nominated for both Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing! Oh boy the interwebs gonna go all crazy over this.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) January 15, 2015
This person explained it.
Also those sound mixing/editing nominations for Interstellar rather vindicate Christopher Nolan's 'expressionistic' mix #OscarNoms— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) January 15, 2015
Boone Isaacs had an unfortunate slip of the tongue. And everyone noticed.
We noticed, too:
So did a lot of people.
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Several people, er, appreciated Pine.
Chris Pine is just smoldering all over these noms. #Oscars2015— C.Edwards (@claudedwards) January 15, 2015
Chris Pine's voice is like velvet caramel— Mark Collett (@MarkDDCollett) January 15, 2015
Disney was thrilled that its adorable animated short won a nomination.
It was actually a great year all around for animation!
But some thought The Lego Movie was snubbed.
In honor of THE LEGO MOVIE, am going to buy HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Blu-Ray and destroy it with a hammer.— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) January 15, 2015
As was Jake Gyllenhaal.
Brill to see Birdman get so many nominations, but disappointed for Jake Gyllenhaal. He deserved a Best Actor nod for Nightcrawler. #oscars— Nadine O'Regan (@NadineORegan) January 15, 2015
How the hell did Jake Gyllenhaal not get an Oscar nomination for his amazing performance in Nightcrawler?! Boo.— Asim Tanvir (@AsimTanvir) January 15, 2015
There were directorial snubs, too.
Only eight Best Picture nominees, so a couple of director snubs inevitable. But no love for big films at all— Deadline Hollywood (@Deadline) January 15, 2015
And boy band snubs?
One Direction: snubbed again! #oscars— Katie Hasty (@TheKatieHasty) January 15, 2015
And writer snubs.
What's more, this was a disappointing year for female writers and directors.
Not a single woman nominated in the director or two writers categories. #oscars— Sarah Rappaport (@SarahRapp) January 15, 2015
Which some thought was odd, especially considering the great work Ava DuVernay did with Selma.
Not only was a woman not nominated for Best Director... a woman wasn't nominated for Best Director IN THE YEAR A WOMAN DIRECTED "SELMA".— Scott Jordan Harris (@ScottFilmCritic) January 15, 2015
Speaking of women: Meryl Streep continues her streak of Being Meryl Streep.
And Benedict Cumberbatch continues to melt everyone's hearts. Here's his statement on his first Oscar nom.
American Sniper racked up quite a few nominations.
The nominations were very white this year, too.
For just the second time in 20 years, every single actor nominated for an Oscar is white. Oh, Hollywood. http://t.co/GWzGi1FMTV— RELEVANT (@RELEVANT) January 15, 2015
Golden statuette?? Paint that Oscar statuette white. It's not golden when you consistently ignore one gender and other races. #OscarNoms— Omar Moore (@popcornreel) January 15, 2015
Perhaps now is a good time to remind everyone Oscar voters are 94% white, 77% male and average of 63yo. http://t.co/X1winFkeiE— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) January 15, 2015
Which made this tweet from John Legend, who won a Best Song nomination for "Glory" from Selma, especially poignant.
Update: In response to the lack of diversity represented in the nominations, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite began circulating on Twitter. Read about it here.
Update 2: This post has been updated to reflect how Twitter continued to react throughout the day.