No Oscar nomination for 'Life Itself'

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

"Life Itself," a documentary about notable film critic Roger Ebert directed by Oak Park resident Steve James, has not received an Oscar nomination.

"I'm in shock," said "Citizenfour" director Laura Poitras to Variety. "When his name wasn't up there, I thought, 'how is that possible?' He's a legend in our field with an incredible body of work."

Poitras called the snub "a heartbreak."

The list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

Best Picture

"American Sniper"
"Birdman"
"Boyhood"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"Selma"
"The Theory of Everything"
"Whiplash"'

Actor in a Leading Role 

Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Laura Dern, "Wild"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" 

Animated Feature Film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman"
Robert D. Yeoman, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, "Ida"
Dick Pope, "Mr. Turner"
Roger Deakins, "Unbroken"

Documentary Feature

"Citizenfour"
"Last Days in Vietnam"
"Virunga"
"The Salt of the Earth"
"Finding Vivian Maier"

Documentary Short Subject
"Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1"
"Joanna"
"Our Curse"
"The Reaper"
"White Earth"

Documentary Short Subject
"Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1"
"Joanna"
"Our Curse"
"The Reaper"
"White Earth" 

Foreign Language Film
"Ida"
"Leviathan"
"Tangerines"
"Wild Tales"
"Timbuktu"

Here is the full list of Oscar 2015 nominated films.

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J P   

Posted: January 15th, 2015 1:30 PM

Thanks for noting this snub and including the reaction to the injustice from Poitras, who was nominated. Richard Brody of The New Yorker also noted in today's blog the omission of Life Itself, writing that nominations and awards may stem from what I'll call self-flattery. And since Roger Ebert wasn't always flattering to Hollywood and Steve James doesn't live there - Hey, there will be no Oscar for Roger.

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