Over the past week I watched a bunch of Oscar nominees: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" - really enjoyed this, kind of surprised it didn't beat out "Big Hero 6" but I liked both a lot so not really upset or anything. "The Boxtrolls" - thought it was okay, but spent much of the movie wondering how this got a Best Animated Feature nomination over "The LEGO Movie". "The Imitation Game" - really enjoyed this, it was right up my alley. Probably my 2nd favorite of the Best Picture nominees ("Birdman" was far and away my favorite) "Whiplash" - this one was a surprise to me as I didn't know much about it other than J.K Simmons was probably going to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for it, but wow did I really like this. Great movie with an awesome ending, and Simmons certainly earned that Oscar....he is amazing in this movie. "American Sniper" - this movie was good but I'm honestly surprised this earned a Best Picture nomiation because other than Bradley Cooper's performance it's really not THAT great of a movie...entertaining for the most part, but not exceptionally well made I don't think. Least favorite of the Best Picture nominations. "The Theory of Everything" - thought this movie was great and had stellar performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Still wish Keaton had won the Oscar but hard to argue against Redmayne. "Selma" - thought this one was great as well, personally I would have given David Oyelowo an Oscar nod over Bradley Cooper because he was so good in this. "Boyhood" - I liked this movie but I really thought it was too long. Everything about it is well done but it just kind of drags in the middle and isn't one I'll probably ever watch again.