Films featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2014 racked up a stunning 44 Oscar nominations, it was revealed this week, shattering HIFF’s previous record of 32.
Of the eight Best Picture nominees, three screened back in October at the Hamptons International Film Festival, namely Birdman, Whiplash and The Imitation Game.
Birdman is tied with Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most Oscar nominations of any film this year, with nine. Whiplash, written and directed by 29-year-old Damien Chazelle, was also nominated for Best Screenplay.
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was the winner of HIFF 2014′s Sloan Prize.
Montauk’s Julianne Moore was nominated for Best Actress for her role opposite Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin in Still Alice, which was HIFF’s closing film. Moore already won a Golden Globe for the titular part.
Laura Dern, who co-starred in Wild with Reese Witherspoon, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She was a guest in HIFF’s A Conversation With… series and also attended the festival’s Wild screening.
HIFF also made a strong showing in the Best Documentary category, with HIFF 2014 films Virunga and The Salt of the Earth receiving nominations; in addition, our SummerDocs selection Last Days in Vietnam also made the cut in this very competitive category.
Several short films showcased at HIFF were honored with nominations, including Butter Lamp, Feast, The Bigger Picture—from the Golden Starfish competition— and The Phone Call.