Updated February 23, 2015

Whiplash, the controversial new film about the toxic relationship between a professor and an aspiring drummer at a renowned (fictional) jazz conservatory, has received considerable notice in the 2015 Academy Awards race, with three Oscar wins out of five nominations.

The indie film, based on its director's own experiences as an aspiring big band jazz drummer, was nominated for:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons as the professor)
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay (also by director Damien Chazelle)

It won Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

OttawaJazzScene.ca reviewed the movie in November, but had reservations about how it portrays jazz education and the experience of playing jazz. Have you seen the film? What did you think? Let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2015 Academy Award nominations were announced January 15. The awards were handed out February 22.