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The State of the Race: Will be the Year of the Female Anti Hero?

**Slight Spoiler Warning*** Women don’t get to be anti-heroes much, at least where Oscar wins are concerned, whether male or female, voters prefer good or admirable characters to dark ones.  Good girls usually suffer no pushback but bad girls? They don’t get off so easy. It can get a little sketchy nowadays when a female antihero presents herself. The notion that women ought to always be portrayed is a positive light severely limits both the opportunities for actresses but also for women in the full spectrum of the human experience. A similar problem afflicts minority actors when they get sick of being stuffed into stereotypes — like black maids or street thugs, Chinese laundry attendants, etc. Women are stuffed into stereotypes too and sadly many of these roles are often delivered in an effort to portray them in a good light.  Some of the best performances on screen have been actresses taking on dark or sometimes soulless characters. Some of those have won Oscars (Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and some of them haven’t (Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction or Dangerous Liaisons or Reversal of Fortune).

By my count, since 1970, good characters or heroines have accounted for 35 of the 44 Best Actress winners. Only 4 could be counted as flat-out bad (Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and 5 could be counted as “complicated,” like Helen Mirren in The Queen or Kate Winslet in The Reader — they are mostly good but they are allowed complexities.  Contrast that with Best Actor where I counted 9 “complicated” winners, 6 flat-out bad and 29 good, or heroes. There isn’t a dramatic disparity between the sexes — though men have a slight advantage removing themselves from the “good” category and still winning — but it isn’t really so big it makes much of a difference.

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This year, the likely Best Actress contenders range from flat-out bad to complicated, to good.  It’s still too early to tell how things might shake down in that regard — so it’s difficult to say which characteristic will dominate. In our poll, AwardsDaily readers have these five predicted:

Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jessica Chastain, Eleanor Rigby

Close behind are a few others who may have a shot:
Hilary Swank, The Homesman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Michelle Williams – Suite Française
Jessica Chastain – Miss Julie
Nicole Kidman – Queen of the Desert

Amy Adams, as I recall from the footage in Cannes, plays a “difficult” character. But in subsequent readings of early screenings of the film it doesn’t sound that way. So right now I’m just not sure where she fits. course, it’s just too soon to know. These five can be considered this way:

The Good
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Jessica Chastain, Eleanor Rigby
Amy Adams, Big Eyes

The Bad:
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Both Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars, and very likely Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl will represent this year’s anti-heroines. Both roles dwell in the 2014 zone of Kim Kardashian instagram devotion, the cancer of tabloid beatdowns of women on a daily basis, selfies, the incurable disease of self-improvement all pointing to what we women are afflicted with every day of our lives: the pressure to be all things: pretty, young, popular, thin, desired.  While we wait to see what writer Gillian Flynn, director David Fincher and actress Rosamund Pike do with the literary sylph “Amazing Amy” there is much we can glean from the character as written in Flynn’s book.

To my mind Amazing Amy from the book is the Frankenstein’s monster that the male gaze and the culture of overly-competitive women have created — and deserve. I dread the many articles that completely miss the point of the character Flynn wrote, a woman whose point of view must be taken into consideration when examining her character. The reason the book is so successful with women is that WE KNOW. We have grown up stuffing ourselves into the forms people want to see — what men want to see, what women want to see. We’ve been the object of bitchy middle-school girls snickering at our outdated jeans, we’ve been in on gossip clusters of girls talking about sluts. We’ve been watched by men who either lust after or reject our physical appearance. We’ve grown up shaping ourselves this way and Amazing Amy has MASTERED this shape-shifting. She has taken control of these requirements and delivered the “perfect” answer.

It is my hope that people, especially women, will get this and not fly off into the fascist notion that “all female characters have to be portrayed in a positive light.” If you think that’s true then talk to me about the tabloids. Cottage cheese thighs on women at the beach! So and so is cheating on so and so. Bad plastic surgery! Stars without makeup. Do we really think men are driving this disgusting industry? Sorry, ladies. I wish we could blame men for that one.

These fears and insecurities and mean-girl impulses weave cleverly throughout Flynn’s novel, all the while giving us a filter — what each character sees and how they interpret what they see.  It’s a magnificent novel written by a brilliant writer. The most famous passage in Gone Girl is the concept of the “cool girl,” a thing that will live on forever which is a description only we women understand.

“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much – no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version – maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: “I like strong women.” If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because “I like strong women” is code for “I hate strong women.”)”

When I first read this I was stunned that anyone could dig down that deep and be that observant to finally acknowledge in print what many of us girls have long known about fitting into very contradictory requirements of men.  They want you to eat but they don’t want you to be fat. They want you to be funny but not too smart. We all get it.  Another observer of this phenom is the funny and insightful Heather Harvilesky at The Awl. Check out this post.

Bruce Wagner does not pull punches where Julianne Moore’s character is concerned in Maps to the Stars — again, she is the sum total of our youth-obsessed culture  and the competition for Most Famous or Relevant person. But Wagner spreads the ugliness around to inevitably point the finger back where it belongs: squarely at us, the consumers.

In both cases, there will be some major pushback. Men could very well recoil in horror, while women might be inclined to take the “it’s misogynist” approach.  Either way, I suspect 2014 is going to get ugly.  So that brings us to the Oscar race.  After watching Maps to the Stars in Cannes, Pete Hammond said that it was a shame Julianne Moore was so unlikable in Maps to the Stars — she would win the Oscar otherwise.

Other potentially difficult female characters who dwell on the darker side would include Meryl Streep as the Witch in Into the Woods, Marion Cotillard as Lady MacBeth — if it’s released this year — and Anne Dorval in Mommy.  On the rest of the list, the women are admirable characters.

When I look back on Hollywood history, especially when actresses dominated, there was room for a full spectrum of types. Who can forget Anne Baxter and Bette Davis in All About Eve, for instance.   Would All About Eve get made today? Probably not. With so few films driven by female characters now is not the time to limit women to only those reflected in a good light. Well, at least not until tabloids disappear from supermarket shelves and gossip sites fade away.

27 Comments on this Post

  1. Jason Park

    When I read that section from the book, it gave me chills on how accurate it was.

  2. I think this will be a close year for best actress, no locks I think there could be 8 woman battling for 5 spots

  3. Bryce Forestieri

    I love how much MAPS TO THE STARS keeps emerging prominently in Sasha’s writing, signaling that it must have left an enduring impression. I can’t wait to see it.

  4. I was gonna hold off on reading to book so I wouldn’t spoil the movie, but that passage has made me want to immediately pick up the book and start reading.

  5. The more I think about the Best Actress race the more I am sad for those that are going to miss out. Only five slots, and some cracking contenders. Anyone who says this is not a strong year for women performances, step into my office – you’re fired.

  6. Richard B

    Blanchett won last year for Blue Jasmine and Portman won for Black Swan. Likability isn’t the problem. It’s the WOW factor.

  7. rufussondheim

    Read Gone Girl! Outside of the never dull plot and the interesting characters, there are many observations and inventive details that will undoubtedly never make it to the screen.

  8. Absolutely read Gone Girl. A great mystery/thriller with brilliantly written characters and dark themes involving the destructive nature of marriage. Fincher has a lot to work with in adapting it.

  9. OT: Great article at Rope of Silicon that you guys should read. http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/story-hollywood-just-10-films/

  10. I find it interesting that you bring up All About Eve. 1950 was a peculiar year for women at the Oscars. Vying for Best Actress was Anne Baxter and Bette Davis for All About Eve and Gloria Swanson for Sunset Blvd. Talk about the anti-hero in those three. (Even Eleanor Parker in Caged would be an anti-hero.) However Judy Holliday, the dumb blonde who needs a man to change her, wins in one of Oscar’s biggest head scratchers.

    To your question about could All About Eve be made today in the current studio system? I would have to think not, unless Jennifer Lawrence’s name got attached to it. Hell, I couldn’t even think of who would do Margot justice, maybe Julianne Moore.

    Harvey Weinstein would probably want to cut out half an hour or so. The PR firm hired to publicize it would probably miss the mark on it, delegating it as a chick flick. It would not be considered Oscar material, not without an obscene amount of help from the critics and the festivals. But in reality it would be released in January or February so it can fade into oblivion rather quickly.

  11. Read Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has such a great character and I think she can win the Oscar. If it happens i’ll be happy for her.
    Don’t want Reese to win, I like her as an actress but she doesnt deserve to be 2-time oscar winning actress (Basead on her career choices).
    But I want Julianne Moore to win this. She’s one of the greatest actress of all time and didn’t win yet. Hope she gets it.

  12. As far as I’ve seen best actress winning performances, only two characters are flat out bad imo: Nurse Ratchet (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Annie Wilks (Misery).
    We don’t get to know anything about Ratchet’s private life and Annie Wilks is simply bad (and crazy).
    Though there have been a lot “bitches” or “unlikeable” characters awarded (recently BJ last year), they all had a “weakness” , mostly drug/alcohol addicted or had a (mental) desease. (or were a Nazi)
    The last “good” character awarded was Sandra Bullock’s Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.
    Female “villains” are most likely to be rewaded in Supporting. That’s were Moore could land with Maps to the Stars and that’s where she could really win (if the distributor could actually afford an Oscar campaign)
    I’m still a bit skeptical about how the true nature of Pike’s role in GG is recieved with the most (old) male Academy voters. That character really crosses the line.
    But time will tell.

  13. Bryce Forestieri

    Foul Cinematography in 1st THEORY OF EVERYTHING trailer — signals it’s even more middlebrow than IMITATION GAME

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8QYUgO-tZo

  14. Glad to read support of Gone Girl. It’s a great book and Pike should be awesome in the part. Dreaded hearing about Reese since she seems to be only true lead female in the race.

  15. I really wish you gave a bigger spoiler warning for the Gone Girl stuff. I’ve read the book so it didn’t ruin it for me, but what you’ve revealed takes away a HUGE part of what makes that book so good and pulpy. Your writeup is great, but maybe more clearly mark the beginning and end of spoilers in a different color or something next time? Just want everyone to enjoy the twists as much as did when reading it.

    On another note, you should investigate similar statistics for S. Actor and S. Actress wins. In the last fifteen years you have the following:

    S. Actor:
    Christian Bale in The Fighter (more of an accidental antagonist than an anti-hero I guess)
    Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
    Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
    Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men
    Tim Robbins in Mystic River (HUGE liberties being taken here, but you get the point)
    Chris Cooper in Adaptation

    S. Actress:
    Melissa Leo in The Fighter (same as Bale)
    Monique in Precious
    Penelope Cruz in Vicki Christina Barcelona (yes I’m taking liberties with this one)
    Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton (yes, liberties again)
    Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago
    Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted

    I don’t remember if Benicio Del Toro played a villain in Traffic so I can’t comment on that one.

    Based on the above (if you think those people fit into the loose definition we have), that means that of the last 30 possibilities (15 years x 2), 12 supporting winners fit. Thats 40%. Lead actors who were at least anti-heroes (meaning Blanchette, McC, Portman, Penn, and Spacey pretty much count) account for 13 wins or 43%.

    These results surprised me. A trend I noticed is that to win in lead, the line needs to be blurry, and to win in supporting, it mostly it needs to be straightforward.

  16. trimmel

    Michelle Williams is out and also Chastain in Miss Julie, i don’t know Kidman but Grace of Monaco was a disaster! I think the race could change after Toronto film festival.

  17. glimmer

    “you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them.’

    the cool girl ties in with the manic pixie dream girl ??? ;)

  18. rufussondheim

    Is it just me or are the last few characters of each line cut off for anyone else. I use internet explorer.

  19. @ rufussondheim

    I use Google Chrome. I don’t have that problem.

  20. K. Bowen

    Now, Sasha …. you know that whenever you type the phrase “The Year of …” that you need to walk away from the keyboard.

  21. I’m also hopeful for Julianne Moore in “Maps to the Stars”. Haven’t seen the film, but the trailer and the recently released poster suggest that she’s lead. How Lead is she in the movie, that some are considering her for supporting? Or is it just for category fraud?

    Gloria Swanson, one of the greatest thespian in the history of motion picture is Oscar-less. And many other outstanding actresses as well, so Moore is in a good company.

  22. My new Oscar Predictions before Tellrude, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
    Best Picture
    Birdman 8 Nominations
    Boyhood* 6 Nominations
    Foxcatcher 7 Nominations
    Fury 3 Nominations
    Gone Girl 5 Nominations
    The Grand Budapest Hotel 7 Nominations
    The Imitation Game 6 Nominations
    Interstellar 8 Nominations
    Theory of Everything 4 Nominations

    Best Director
    David Fincher for Gone Girl
    Alejandre Gonzalez Innaritu for Birdman
    Richard Linklater for Boyhood
    Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
    Christopher Nolan for Interstellar*

    Best Actor
    Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher
    Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
    Micheal Keaton in Birdman*
    David Oyelowo in Selma 4 Nominations0
    Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything

    Best Actress
    Amy Adams in Big Eyes 2 Nominations
    Carrey Mulligan in Suffrogate 1 Nomination
    Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
    Michelle Williams in Suite Francaise 1 Nomination
    Reese Witherspoon in Wild* 1 Nomination

    Best Supporting Actor
    Robert DuVall in The Judge 1 Nomination
    Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
    Edward Norton in Birdman
    Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
    Chaning Tatum in Foxcatcher*
    `
    Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette in Boyhood*
    Emily Blunt in Into the Woods 5 Nominations
    Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
    Anna Kendrick in Into the Woods
    Emma Stone in Birdman

    Best Foreign Language Film
    Leviathan from Russia 1 Nomination
    Mommy from Canada 1 Nomination
    Two Days One Night from Belgium 1 Nomination
    White God*
    The Wonders from Italy 1 Nomination

    Best Documentary Feature
    The Case Against 8 1 Nomination
    The Green Prince 1 Nomination
    Life Itself* 1 Nomination
    Return to Home 1 Nomination
    Rich Hill 1 Nomination

    Best Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6 1 Nomination
    The Boxtrolls 1 Nomination
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 1 Nomination
    The Lego Movie 2 Nominations
    The Tale of The Princess Kuyaga* 1 Nomination

    Original Screenplay
    Birdman
    Boyhood*
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    A Most Violent Year 1 Nomination
    Selma

    Adapted Screenplay
    Exodus: Gods and Kings 2 Nominations
    Foxcatcher
    Gone Girl*
    The Imitation Game
    Theory of Everything

    Costume Design
    Exodus: Gods and Kings
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    The Imitation Game
    Maleficent 1 Nomination
    Theory of Everything

    Cinematography
    Roger Deakins for Unbroken 2 Nominations
    Hoyt Van Hoytema for Interstellar
    Emmanuel Lubeski for Birdman
    Selma
    Robert D. Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel*

    Production Design
    Big Eyes
    Fury
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 4 Nominations
    The Imitation Game

    Film Editing
    Birdman
    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher
    Interstellar*
    Selma

    Visual Effects
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3 Nominations
    Godzilla 2 Nominations
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Nominations
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies*
    Interstellar

    Makeup and Hair Styling
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Into the Woods

    Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Alexandre Desplat for Unbroken
    Trent Reznor for Gone Girl
    Stephen Sondheim for Into the Woods*
    Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

    Original Song
    “Lost Stars” from Begin Again 1 Nomination
    “Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie*
    “Something’s So Right from Muppets Most Wanted 1 Nomination

    Sound Mixing
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Fury*
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Interstellar
    Into the Woods

    Sound Editing
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Fury*
    Godzilla
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Interstellar

  23. From Best to Worst the Movies in 2014
    1. Godzilla
    2. Hercules
    3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
    5. Jersey Boys
    6. Edge of Tommorrow
    7. Heaven is For Real
    8. How to Train Your Dragon 2
    9. Maleficent
    10. Noah
    11. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    12. Snowpiercer
    13. Guardians of the Galaxy
    14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    15. Neighbors
    16. Get on Up
    17. The Amazing Spiderman 2
    18. 300: Rise of an Empire
    19. Grand Piano
    20. Divergent
    21. 22 Jump Street
    22. Non Stop
    23. Earth to Echo
    24. The Monuments Men
    25. Tammy
    26. Lucy
    27. 3 Days to Kill
    28. Mr. Peabody and Sherman
    29. Planes: Fire and Rescue
    30. Transcendence
    31. Mom’s Night Out
    32. Rio 2
    33. Muppets Most Wanted
    34. The Lego Movie
    35. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
    36. Robocop
    37. Transformers: Age of Extinction
    38. Draft Day
    39. Think Like a Man Two
    40. I Frankenstein
    41. Oculus
    42. Poseidon Rex
    43. Sabotage
    44. The Nut Job
    45. Son of God
    46. Ride Along
    47. Need for Speed
    48. Labor Day
    49. That Awkward Moment
    50. Pompeii
    51. The Legend of Hercules
    52. Sex Tape

  24. Al Robinson

    Joe, I like how you have Hercules 2nd from the top, and you have The Legend of Hercules 2nd from the bottom. That is a huge difference.

    Have you seen all those in the theater, or a mix of theater and VOD?

  25. A mix.

    My Oscar Predictions for this year
    Best Picture
    Birdman 8 Nominations
    Boyhood* 6 Nominations
    Foxcatcher 7 Nominations
    Fury 3 Nominations
    Gone Girl 5 Nominations
    The Grand Budapest Hotel 7 Nominations
    The Imitation Game 6 Nominations
    Interstellar 8 Nominations
    Theory of Everything 4 Nominations

    Best Director
    David Fincher for Gone Girl
    Alejandre Gonzalez Innaritu for Birdman
    Richard Linklater for Boyhood
    Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
    Christopher Nolan for Interstellar*

    Best Actor
    Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher
    Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
    Micheal Keaton in Birdman*
    David Oyelowo in Selma 4 Nominations0
    Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything

    Best Actress
    Amy Adams in Big Eyes 2 Nominations
    Carrey Mulligan in Suffrogate 1 Nomination
    Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
    Michelle Williams in Suite Francaise 1 Nomination
    Reese Witherspoon in Wild* 1 Nomination

    Best Supporting Actor
    Robert DuVall in The Judge 1 Nomination
    Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
    Edward Norton in Birdman
    Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
    Chaning Tatum in Foxcatcher*
    `
    Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette in Boyhood*
    Emily Blunt in Into the Woods 5 Nominations
    Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
    Anna Kendrick in Into the Woods
    Emma Stone in Birdman

    Best Foreign Language Film
    Leviathan from Russia 1 Nomination
    Mommy from Canada 1 Nomination
    Two Days One Night from Belgium 1 Nomination
    White God*
    The Wonders from Italy 1 Nomination

    Best Documentary Feature
    The Case Against 8 1 Nomination
    The Green Prince 1 Nomination
    Life Itself* 1 Nomination
    Return to Home 1 Nomination
    Rich Hill 1 Nomination

    Best Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6 1 Nomination
    The Boxtrolls 1 Nomination
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 1 Nomination
    The Lego Movie 2 Nominations
    The Tale of The Princess Kuyaga* 1 Nomination

    Original Screenplay
    Birdman
    Boyhood*
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    A Most Violent Year 1 Nomination
    Selma

    Adapted Screenplay
    Exodus: Gods and Kings 2 Nominations
    Foxcatcher
    Gone Girl*
    The Imitation Game
    Theory of Everything

    Costume Design
    Exodus: Gods and Kings
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    The Imitation Game
    Maleficent 1 Nomination
    Theory of Everything

    Cinematography
    Roger Deakins for Unbroken 2 Nominations
    Hoyt Van Hoytema for Interstellar
    Emmanuel Lubeski for Birdman
    Robert D. Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    Bradford Young for Selma

    Production Design
    Big Eyes
    Fury
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 4 Nominations
    The Imitation Game

    Film Editing
    Birdman
    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher
    Interstellar*
    Selma

    Visual Effects
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3 Nominations
    Godzilla 2 Nominations
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Nominations
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies*
    Interstellar

    Makeup and Hair Styling
    The Grand Budapest Hotel*
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Into the Woods

    Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Alexandre Desplat for Unbroken
    Trent Reznor for Gone Girl
    Stephen Sondheim for Into the Woods*
    Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

    Original Song
    “Lost Stars” from Begin Again 1 Nomination
    “Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie*
    “Something’s So Right from Muppets Most Wanted 1 Nomination

    Sound Mixing
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Fury*
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Interstellar
    Into the Woods

    Sound Editing
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Fury*
    Godzilla
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Interstellar

  26. Love this article! I’m so excited to see Gone Girl, I can’t wait to see how they play out the big twist. The passage you’ve highlighted here is so poignant that I read it over and over and read it to my boyfriend who furrowed his brow and maybe got it (realizing that cool girls aren’t real is a shock I guess). Thanks for a great article!

  1. […] The State of the Race: Will be the Year of the Female Anti Hero? Both Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars, and very likely Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl will represent this year's anti-heroines. Both roles dwell in the 2014 zone of Kim Kardashian instagram devotion, the cancer of tabloid beatdowns of women on a daily … Read more on Awards Daily (blog) […]

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