2015 Oscar Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Lead with 9 Nominations Each

     January 15, 2015

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The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards have been announced.  There were a couple of fairly big surprises, from The LEGO Movie being left out of the Best Animated Feature category to Bennett Miller landing a Best Director nod despite Foxcatcher missing for Best Picture.  Speaking of which, for the first time since its expansion, the Best Picture category had less than 9 nominees, instead settling on 8 films for the top category.  Selma squeezed in there but only netted two nominations overall, while it was a good day for American Sniper which put Bradley Cooper in the Best Actor race and came away with 6 nominations overall (I still don’t get it), as did Boyhood.  In terms of total nominations, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the pack with 9 nominations each, followed by The Imitation Game which landed 8.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list, and click here for my commentary on the snubs, surprises, and lessons learned.  The Oscars will be telecast live on ABC Sunday, February 22nd.

boyhood-ellar-coltrane-ethan-hawkeBEST PICTURE

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton – Birdman

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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

Laura Dern – Wild

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper – Jason Hall

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

inherent-vice-joaquin-phoenix-3Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher – E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Tangerines (Estonia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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