April 19, 2015

TO CELEBRATE MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE PR EXECS, PUBLICISTS, FLACKS, SPIN DOCTORS, COMMS REPS, LET'S DO LUNCHERS AND MORE, I PRESENT THE BEST GIFTS ANYONE CAN GET A PR PERSON IN THEIR LIFE!!







 

April 1, 2015

YOU WOULD THINK A ROSTER THAT INCLUDES TOM CRUISE, SANDRA BULLOCK, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, HOLLY HUNTER, JACK BLACK & MORE WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR MARGIE BALTER, WOULDN'T YOU?


PIANIST, COMPOSER, ACTRESS AND “PIANO TEACHER TO THE STARS” MARGIE BALTER NAMED ONE OF 2015’S TOP WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT

April 1, 2015 (LOS ANGLES) – “Shine on Hollywood” Magazine has chosen pianist, composer, actress and “Piano Teacher to the Stars” Margie Balter as one of the “2015 Top Women Industry Professionals,” it was recently announced.  Balter was chosen because of her stellar career and the profound, positive impact her talent, inspiration and drive makes on the people with whom she works, as well as on the entertainment industry as a whole, and beyond.

“As an educator, the motivation I get comes from unlocking the potential of my students, and their growth inspires me every day,” said Balter.  “As an entertainer, the motivation I get comes from the way music or a performance can touch and inspire someone in the audience. I sense this immediately.   To be acknowledged as one of the 2015 Top Women Industry Professionals – at a time when I feel my creativity and all the new projects I’m working on are taking me into the next chapter – is an amazing honor for which I’m very grateful.”

Balter, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, was dubbed “Piano Teacher to the Stars” after teaching Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johannson, Jack Black and many others to play the piano for various movie roles.  That part of her career began when she first coached Holly Hunter for her Academy Award-winning performance in “The Piano.”  Balter’s own compositions have been featured in hit and iconic movies and television shows, including “Date Night” starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, “Beauty Shop” with Queen Latifah, and “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington, to name a few.  She also is an Advisory Board member for the international Playing for Change Foundation, which builds and funds music programs for children in third world countries and in the U.S.  To purchase her music and award-winning CD “Music from My Heart: Solo Piano Pieces by Margie Balter,” visit www.itunes.com or www.amazon.com.

For more information about Margie Balter and to follow her blog about inspiration, visit www.margiebalter.com.  To read the full article in “Shine On Hollywood” Magazine, visit http://bit.ly/1BJGaZ7.

March 12, 2015

CISSY HOUSTON MAY HAVE DENOUNCED LIFETIME'S WHITNEY BIO-PIC -- NOT TO PROTECT HER DAUGHTER -- BUT TO SELL HER TELL-ALL (AND I DO MEAN "ALL") BOOK ABOUT HER LITTLE "NIPPY"


Cissy Houston gave us just a taste of what she has on her mind last night with Oprah. Her book, “Remembering Whitney,” is the most candid, frank, harsh and unabashed since Keith Richards “Life.” This is so unusual for a celebrity memoir. But with Whitney gone, Cissy has nothing to lose. You get the feeling that these are the things she’s been waiting to say for 20 years or more. Whitney’s fans may not be so happy. Cissy’s book vindicates legendary singer Sam Moore’s CNN interview from last year– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8SBeaR-gSA. It’s heartbreaking but Whitney was out of control, a drug addict, self-possessed and determined not listen to anyone.

On Oprah, Cissy says of Whitney: “I made her what she was.” In the book, Cissy — who was a famous back up singer but never had the career of her cousin Dionne Warwick, or friend Aretha Franklin — is bitter about Whitney maybe attaining what she never could. Cissy recalls: “She had been watching me in sessions and onstage for years, picking up pacing, breathing, and microphone techniques, and then adding her own little nuances, too. My son Michael used to joke with me about Nippy’s technique—“ Ma,” he’d say, “Nippy should be in jail for stealing all your riffs and everything. You should sue her.”

It didn’t help that Whitney let people think Aretha Franklin, for whom Cissy had worked for many years, was her godmother. “I would tease Ree about supposedly being Nippy’s godmother— a story that started years before, when I was touring with her and she came over to our house on Dodd Street. Nippy was so impressed with Aretha that she started telling all her friends she was her godmother, and the story stuck because Ree never denied it. Eventually, reporters picked it up and everybody assumed it was true. And Nippy never did stop telling people that.”

Houston moved out of the family home an into an apartment with her friend Robyn Crawford at age 18. Crawford was gay, and Cissy did not like her. “What made Nippy’s move particularly hard for me was her decision to room with Robyn Crawford in an apartment in Woodbridge, New Jersey. She knew how I felt about Robyn, but she was determined to live with her anyway. It wasn’t that there was serious tension between Robyn and me— we just didn’t see eye to eye. Still, we tried to be respectful of each other and of our places in Nippy’s life, and we figured out how to give each other the necessary space. We had our love for Nippy in common, and though we rarely agreed, we were at least able to keep things from being too uncomfortable when we were all together.”
Later Crawford moved with Whitney into her big mansion in Mendham, New Jersey. “Early on, Robyn Crawford nicknamed me “Big Cuda”— short for barracuda— and that suited me just fine. The name stuck, and from then out, whenever I’d be coming somewhere to see Nippy, people would warn each other that Big Cuda was coming.”

But it was Crawford who had the guts to tell Cissy about Whitney’s drug problems early on, long before Bobby Brown arrived on the scene. What follows is Cissy’s eye-view of the fights, interventions, and downward spiral that no one could control. At one point, Whitney rejects rehab but lets Cissy stay in her house with her. It doesn’t work, and Whitney gets worse. Bobby Brown doesn’t help, and Cissy sure doesn’t like him.

Cissy pulls no punches. And while she loves Whitney, she’s also hard on her. She calls her a “heifer,” meaning bossy like a cow. She sort of becomes afraid of her as time goes by.
People will say Cissy wrote the book for money, and maybe she did. But let her have it. This is as unflinching a memoir as you’re going to read, and well worth it. At least for once we get the true story, horrible as it is and was, by the person who knows the story. I knew all these people from the mid 1980s. I still think about walking around Whitney’s Olympic sized pool with her in the late 80s. I don’t think there was much drug use then. She was such a funny, sweet kid. And Robyn, who was tough, was so devoted to her. It seemed like their future was limitless. That it ended this badly is still unbelievable.

JAY-Z HOSTED A VERY PRIVATE, VERY VIP MEETING OF MUSIC ICONS AROUND THE GRAMMYS INCLUDING MADONNA, KANYE, DAFT PUNK, BEYONCE AND MORE...

XCLUSIVE c2015 Showbiz411–Jay Z is taking on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other streaming services with his now approved $56 million acquisition of Swedish streaming service Aspiro.
Sources tell me that a few days before the Grammy Awards in February, the rap entrepreneur (real name Shawn Carter) hosted a group of music superstars at an all day meeting. The guests were like a meeting of the music version of the Avengers or Justice League of America.

They included Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Nikki Minaj, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Jack White and of course, wife Beyonce. “Rihanna came in at the end,” one source said. “They all kept saying, Where is Rihanna?” At least two country music stars attended as well.

The subject was how they could turn Aspiro — which will be known in the U.S. as TidalHifi (@tidalhifi) when it relaunches– into a streaming music and video service akin to the old United Artists pictures, in which artists would actually profit from their art and put out quality material.
In 1919, a  handful of movie stars– Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks-- and director D.W. Griffith– banded together and started their own studio to combat what they saw as growing commercialism of the majors. I’m told that Jay Z, who can be a bit of a visionary, sees his new service just this way.

Jay Z, according to my sources, chose The Fig House, an out of the way event space in northeast Los Angeles near Pasadena so that his top tier guests would go undetected by press.
In addition to the stars there were some music execs, lawyers, and a few assistants. The total group of non stars, I’m told, numbered about 20. Many of them were from RocNation, Jay Z’s company. Jay Z’s reps declined to comment.
Jay Z’s purchase of Aspiro for $56 million was finalized in Sweden on Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected as early as Friday (3/13) morning. TidalHifi is appealing to Jay Z because it’s a streaming service completely in place, and operational in the U.S. with 25 million high def digital or “lossless” tracks– much like HDTracks.com. The tracks would be playable on Sony’s Walkman A17 or Neil Young’s Pono player among others.

Jay Z– who’s using the corporate name Project Panther Bidco Ltd– is obviously after something here along the lines of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes’ Beats Music, and so on. Right now, Aspiro offers high def digital music to its customers. In the U.S. subscriptions are $19.99 a month.In the Panther prospectus, there’s a lot of discussion of international expansion of global operations and “upscaling” of Aspiro operations.

But I’m told the discussion at the Fig was more about videos, artists rights, and how music has been diminished by crass commercialism. The Daft Punk robots are said to have made the most persuasive comments on these subjects. Tidal is going to be big on curated editorial. These artists could be involved in the editorial side, too.

The meeting was pretty lively, I’m told. Kanye West can’t calm down even among friends. “Kanye,” says an onlooker, “is out of control. He blurts things out. Jay Z kept him by his side and joked that he was his ‘interpreter’.”

What all this means for this group of artists is still unclear. Madonna isn’t signed to a record label per se. But most of these people are signed to Universal Music Group, which owns Vevo video service with Sony and Google. Plus, many of them are friendly with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who are now billionaires invested in Beats Music and Apple. A lot of loyalties may be divided soon.
But the endless battles between artists and Spotify and other digital services that pay low royalties may take a turn if Jay Z and friends can make inroads. Stay tuned…

REPORTED BY:

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News. He writes for Parade magazine and has written for Details, Vogue, the New York Times, Post, and Daily News and many other publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals.

February 8, 2015

IN HONOR OF JOAN RIVERS ON THE EVE OF THE GRAMMY RED CARPET: MY FAVORITE STORY #2 OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE LEGENDARY JOAN RIVERS




So there was a time when the Latin GRAMMYs aired on CBS -- remember those days when the very Latina Jessica Simpson would somehow appear on the Latin GRAMMYs?  Or Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smitts would host EVERY SINGLE YEAR?  With the 15th Latin show airing last November, it is now totally thriving on Univision.

However, when the Latin GRAMMYs were still CBS, the red carpet arrivals was a whole new ball of (come se dice "WAX"?) for the very Anglo reporters that would stand on the carpet and for 5 hours try to figure out what to ask these very famous people that were not recognizable to the WASPS -- and watch these tremendous artists try so hard to figure out what the hell these slow talking Hollywood people were even asking them...

Well, ever the pro, of course, Joan Rivers had what's called a bug in her ear (a little head phone if you will that a producer in E!'s truck would talk to her through - the sole purpose of that producer was to watch her little monitor and identify as quickly as possible the next artist approaching Joan and tell her who the artist was at least by first name or nomination.  You can only imagine how loud the carpet gets and it was at the height of traffic.  I am standing next to Joan and her crew and up walks Alejandro Sanz (who is not only a fantastic singer and musician but SUPER CALIENTE...EN FUEGO).   So of course i stood there and looked official, said hello to Alejandro (and his wife --DAMN!). Out of the corner of my eye, I think Joan is having a stroke because she's doubled over -- then I realize she's trying to hear what's being said in her ear about this strapping stud about to say hello.  All I can see is the top of Joan's head but it's moving back and forth just like when she talked standing up so you could pretty much figure out exactly what she thought about the quality of information she was getting now.  She stands up (and not a thing moves on her face, seriously...not even the wig...).  I digress...she stands up and she's on:  "Hello AleJandro" (enunciating a hard J), Alejandro, you are so handsome."  AleHandro starts blushing and says "thank you, Ms. Rivers" (I almost made out with him).  Any way, Joan does what appears to be a standing back bend with her right index finger shoved as far into her head as posslble trying to hear what the producer is saying.  Alejandro is standing there like (come se dice, WTF?).

Joan pops back (everything still in place) and says, "Are you excited to be performing with Stephanie
Childs?"  And I look at him, like, did you add someone to your performance last minute?  I saw the rehearsals 400 times and there was no mention of a Stephanie Childs...I looked at him and shrugged my shoulders with that "Saludos, you're on your own!" supportive look.

So he's now sweating and Joan rips the earbud out of her ear and leans whisper/yell at Alejandro, "you gotta tell me a little about this Stephanie Childs because, no offense, I don't know who the F*** this bitch is!"

He looks at her, leans into her Mic and says, "it's very nice." i wanted to give him a big bear hug...a really big bear hug..but anywho, then all of a sudden it hit me -- and suddenly I am Contortion Joan and doubled over doing a horrendous job of trying to pretend I'm tying my shoe or something.  I lean over to Joan and I say two words to her.  She looks at me in total disgust and says, "You gotta be f****** kidding me?!"  Then looks at Hottie Pants: ALEJHANDRO...WHO GIVES A F*** ABOUT STEPHANIE CHILDS LIKE MY NOW FIRED PRODUCER WANTS ME TO TALK ABOUT. LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU'RE PERFORMING WITH DESTINY'S CHILD!!"

Alejandro: "It's very nice!"  I wanted to eat him up...

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALEJANDRO AND STEPHANIE CHILD'S PEFORMANCE

February 7, 2015

As the GRAMMYs and Oscars Approach Here are Some of My Favorite Photos with Some of My Fave Celebs & Icons -- from Madonna and Leeza Gibbons to Amy Grant, Ludacris, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gloria Estefan, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and More!

Leeza Gibbons (Go, Celeb Apprentice!), Deborah Cox, Roberta Flack, Kelly Clarkson, Nile Rodgers, Ludacris, Amy Grant, Common, Mariah and more.  All of these photos have so many stories, events and feelings behind them.  I'm grateful that I get to meet the people behind the brands and even prouder to call some of them my dear friends!  If you want more inside scoop, follow me tomorrow while I live Tweet from Staples Center during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (@enfluencer)!





















February 5, 2015

FINAL PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS SUNDAY'S GRAMMY AWARDS! DON'T FORGET I'LL BE LIVE TWEETING FROM STAPLES CENTER ALL DAY!!

I predict that the one and only Madonna and the one and only Pharrell will open the show on Sunday!! Sam Smith is going to CLEAN UP!!


NEWS RELEASE
CURRENT GRAMMY® NOMINEE KATY PERRY
ADDED TO PERFORM ON
THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®
                               
Pop Superstar To Deliver An Intimate Performance With A Powerful Message

LL COOL J Returns To Host Music's Biggest Night®
Airing Live On CBS, Feb. 8, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2015) — After a month long rollout announcing must-see GRAMMY® performances, the final artist added to the all-star lineup for Music's Biggest Night® is current nominee Katy Perry, who is up for two awards this year. Fresh off  her recent high-energy Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, Perry will bring a more intimate tone to the GRAMMY stage through her performance of "By The Grace Of God," from her nominated album, Prism. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 

Katy Perry is currently nominated for two awards: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J and Best Pop Vocal Album for Prism.

Previously announced performers are GRAMMY-winning band AC/DC; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Beck; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Tony Bennett; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Mary J. Blige; nominee Eric Church; nominee Brandy Clark; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Common; nominee Ariana Grande; GRAMMY winner Herbie Hancock; nominee Hozier; nominee Jessie J; GRAMMY winner Tom Jones; 20-time Latin GRAMMY winner and current nominee Juanes; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lady Gaga; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Miranda Lambert; internationally acclaimed pianist and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador To China Lang Lang; GRAMMY winner and current nominee John Legend; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Annie Lennox; GRAMMY winner Adam Levine; the legendary Jeff Lynne's ELO; GRAMMY winner Madonna; GRAMMY winner Paul McCartney; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Chris Martin; GRAMMY winner John Mayer; GRAMMY winner Questlove; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Rihanna; nominee Ed Sheeran; nominee Sia; nominee Sam Smith; GRAMMY winner Gwen Stefani; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Usher; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Kanye West; GRAMMY winner and current nominee Pharrell Williams; and GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy® is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

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January 31, 2015

NEW BABY COMING OR JUST GET HERE? WANT TO GIVE A GIFT THAT IS UNIQUE AND SO TOUCHING IT'S GOING TO STAY IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS? CHECK OUT "WE PROMISE YOU THIS" ART


 The print size is around 11x14" and the finished size with the custom matting and wood frame is approximately 16x20".  There is a version for a Boy and a version for a girl. I also can personalize them (We Promise You This, Vivian). Just check the Personalization fee box and put the baby's name in the memo area before you check out.   You don't have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal.  You can use credit cards or debit cards, as well.  Once I receive the payment, the painting usually ships within 10 days.  I will send you confirmation of when it ships and when you can expect it to arrive.

Use the PayPal button to the upper right of this post on this blog's homepage "WePromiseYouThis"


This Promise doesn't have to be just from a Mom and Dad ... it can be from anyone who is going to have an influence over the child's life and who he/she becomes (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, God parents, and more!).  


January 16, 2015

HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES WITH HER HEINESS STREEP RECEIVING HER HISTORIC 19TH OSCAR NOMINATION




The magnificent MERYL STREEP, a 3-time Academy Award Winner, increases her historic stance as the most Oscar-nominated actor/actress in history!  Her nom for Best Supporting Actress for her witchy, beautiful role in "Into the Woods" is the queens 19th Academy Award nomination.

BEST PICTURE
“American Sniper” – Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan
“Birdman” – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole
“Boyhood” – Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
“The Imitation Game” – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman
“Selma” – Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
“The Theory of Everything” – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” – Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster


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


BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Laura Dern, “Wild”


BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” – Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Citizenfour” – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara


BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Ida” (Poland)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Wild Tales” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Tangerine” (Argentina)


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”


BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
“Glory” – Selma
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Crisis Hotline”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
” The Reaper”
” White Earth”


BEST FILM EDITING
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, “American Sniper”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”


BEST SOUND EDITING
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock, “Birdman”
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Richard King, “Interstellar”
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, “Unbroken”


BEST SOUND MIXING
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, “American Sniper”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga, “Birdman”
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee, “Unbroken”
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”


BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Aya”
“Boogaloo And Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”


BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”


BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Milena Canonero, “Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwood, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, “Maleficent”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Jóhann Jóhannsson, “Theory of Everything”


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”