Whiplash is a fantastic movie. J.K. Simmons richly deserves the nomination he received for Best Supporting Actor, as does the film for its Best Picture nom. Simmons' performance, as the close-to-psycho music teacher, is a revelation. I'm hoping that this film's story turns out to be one of those "little pictures that could.." moments.
Birdman is a blackly funny film, one that I just enjoyed the hell out of. Definitely worth seeing. Michael Keaton is outstanding.
I just realized that I'm a day late with my recommendations. What did you end up seeing? Was it any good?