We’re pleased to report that two TFF 2014 alumni will be headed to Hollywood this February! Lauded filmmakers J.J Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron read out a few familiar names this morning, much to the delight of all of us at the TFF offices. 

Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, is one of the five films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 87th Academy Awards. The film, which celebrated its world premiere at last year’s Festival, is available to watch through Netflix right at this very minute. The nomination for Virunga marks the second Oscar recognition for the groundbreaking streaming service.

The Phone Call, directed by Mat Kirkby, is among the five films nominated in the Best Live-Action Short category. Featuring the talents of Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, this moving short won the TFF 2014 prize for Best Narrative Short back in April. Watch the short again (or for the first time!) right here.

Our friends at Tribeca Film Institute also have reason to celebrate! The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund-supported The Imitation Game collected 8 nominations including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing for Morten Tyldum and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch. TFI alum Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench, TFF 2009) sophomore feature, Whiplash, recieved a total of 5 nominations including Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Don’t forget to tune into the 2015 Oscars ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, on February 22nd to root for two standouts from TFF 2014! See complete list of nominations below. 

Best Picture

“American Sniper” 

“Birdman” “Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“The Theory of Everything”


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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “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”


Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”

Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Costume Design

Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”

Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”

Anna B. Sheppard, “Maleficent”

Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”
Documentary Feature

“Citizenfour” “

Last Days in Vietnam”


“The Salt of the Earth”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

Documentary Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”


“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”

Film Editing

Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”

Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”

Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Foreign Language Film



“Wild Tales”


Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

Jason Hall, “American Sniper”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Writing – Original Screenplay

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Music - Original Score

Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game” 

Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”

Makeup and Hairstyling


“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Music – Original Song

“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”

“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood,

“Begin Again” “Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell,

“Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me” “Grateful,” “Beyond the lights”

Visual Effects


“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Captain America: Winter Soldier”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Sound Editing



“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

“American Sniper”


Sound Mixing




“American Sniper”


Production Design

“Into the Woods”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”


“The Imitation Game”

“Mr. Turner”

Short Film – Live Action

“Boogaloo and Graham”


“Butterlamp” “


“The Phone Call”

Short Film – Animated


“The Bigger Picture”

“A Single Life”

“The Dam Keeper”

“Me and My Moulton”