Boyhood- It was long, but it didn't really feel long. It was well done and definitely unique since it was filmed over a period of 12 years. I didn't like the way they referred to and talked about women throughout it. I found it unnecessarily crass and patriarchal. The repeated comments about getting some pussy was a big turnoff. And the main male character Mason was a bit too emo gloomy for me.
Wild- This movie is one that really sticks with you. It was well done, the music fits the movie so well and I hummed the theme song for days after. It was also a little too spit in your face vulgar in certain flashback scenes. The scenes of her actually hiking were the best I think, and all in all it was really good. Yes, I know it's not up for best picture but it has several other nominations.
American Sniper- This is a typical Army movie. It was good, if you like that sort of thing. The end is sad, since you know it's a true story, but whenever it comes to American made military movies I never how much I can believe and how much is propaganda, so it's hard for me to really get on board with this one.
Birdman- This movie is just fucked up. I kept leaving the room to go do other stuff because it just wasn't interesting enough to keep me glued to the couch and therefore I really don't know what the point was or how it ended. It did have some weird paranormal shit in it. I only saw one small scene with Emma Stone so I'm not sure how she stacks up with some of the other actress contenders.
The Grand Budapest hotel- I saw this movie months and months ago. It was good. It was funny. It was interesting. It was filmed in a unique way that kept it very fresh, and I liked the story. It wasn't terribly moving or thought provoking though so I don't think it's really in the same competition.
The Imitation Game-So far, this is my pick for best movie. It was sooooo good. I was glued to the tv to see what happened. I love that it was a true story, I love that it's British, I love that it is truly fascinating history and I think the truth of how gay men were treated in those days is really important for us all to know today. Benadict Cumberbatch did a terrific job portraying Alan Turing and I've always liked Keira Knightley so it's pretty much the best in the bucket right now.
I will get to last three as soon as I can but they will have to be really good to beat out the Imitation game.