What Do MVFF and The Oscars Have In Common? A Lot

Oscar nominations revealed today that a great many of the films presented at The Mill Valley Film Festival made the cut. As always, The Mill Valley Film Festival offered the Bay Area community the chance to see them first! We have our amazing Film Programmers to thank for their incredible taste and knowledge of what’s hot.

Here are the films nominated for Oscars that you got a chance to see at The Mill Valley Film Festival back in October 2014:

Best Picture

“The Theory of Everything” “Whiplash”  “The Imitation Game”

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Audiences got a special treat during our Spotlight program, featuring a conversation with Eddie Redmayne. He was also presented with the MVFF Award.


Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night” Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything” Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, “The Judge” Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher” J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern, “Wild” Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Our closing night film was “Wild” and included a conversation with Laura Dern.  She was also presented with the Mill Valley Film Festival Award and Tribute.

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Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Animated Feature Film

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Film Editing

William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game” Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

Foreign Language Film


Makeup and Hairstyling

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”

Music – Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game” Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything” Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”

Production Design

“The Imitation Game,” Production design: Maria Djurkovic, Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald “Mr. Turner,” Production design: Suzie Davies, Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Sound Mixing

”Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything” Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Whiplash was part of Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence series. Lars Ulrich hosted the screening and introduced the film. Following the screening, director-screenwriter Damien Chazelle  joined Lars on stage for a conversation.


Writing – Original Screenplay

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”


Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”

To celebrate the awards in style , join us for Awards Night on Sunday, February 22, for a live HD telecast of the 87th Academy Awards. There will be a Raffle, Auction, and winner ballot contest!