Birdman and Grand Budapest lead Oscar nominations

The 2015 Oscar nominations have been released, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel picking up nine each.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the 2015 Academy Award nominations.

Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams announced the first series of categories, mostly focusing on the technical groupings. Actor Chris Pine and Academy Awards president Cheryl Boone Isaacs then moved on to the bigger categories.

Many of the same movies received multiple nominations in the main categories, with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel leading the way with nine mentions apiece.

The most hotly-contested will be the best picture prize, which sees many of the films which had been anticipated to do well nominated. Vying for the prestigious golden statue are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Several of those were also named in the best director category. Alejandro G. Iñárritu received a nomination for Birdman and will battle it out against Richard Linklater for Boyhood, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game for the gong.

There was little surprise in the best actor category, with many of those in the running for SAGs and BAFTAs mentioned. Eddie Redmayne picked up the best drama actor Golden Globe for his performance in The Theory of Everything on Sunday, and is in the running for the Oscar too. He is pitted against Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton for Birdman.

The best actress group offered more in the way of shocks, with Jennifer Aniston missing out on a nomination for her role in Cake, despite previously being one of the favourites. Reese Witherspoon scored her second nomination with her role in Wild, with Felicity Jones up for the gong for The Theory of Everything. Rounding out the category are Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Golden Globe-winner Julianne More for Still Alice and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl.

The best supporting actor prize will go to either Robert Duvall for The Judge, Ethan Hawke for Boyhood, Edward Norton in Birdman, Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher or J.K. Simmons for Whiplash.

Battling it out for the women’s version are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, Laura Dern for Wild, Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, Emma Stone in Birdman and Meryl Streep for Into the Woods. This marks Meryl’s 19th Oscar nomination.

Among the nominations announced by Alfonso and J.J. was the best animated movie, which drew whoops and cheers from the audience. Those in the running are Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

The 87th Academy Awards will be on held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting proceedings.

2015 Academy Award nominations list:

Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

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 Cinematography

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Mr. Turner

Unbroken

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida

Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Wild Tales

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song

Lost Stars, Begin Again

Everything is Awesome, The LEGO Movie

Glory, Selma

Grateful, Beyond the Lights

I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short

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Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best Film Editing

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Whiplash

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best Live Action Short

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

The Phone Call

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary — Feature

Citizenfour

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner
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Thursday, 15. January 2015