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article imageOscars: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood get top nominations

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 15, 2015 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The 2015 Academy Award nominations have been announced in Los Angeles. The top films named included "American Sniper," "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything" and "Whiplash."
Complete story is coming, right here on Digital Journal. See more on that with a new posting.
EARLIER: Rise and shine early this morning as the 2015 Oscar nominations are announced live. This year, nominees in all 24 categories will be named as well.
In year's past, only the major categories have been announced at the early morning wake up call. On ABC, they will be announced, too, but tune in to Digital Journal, right here, for the announcement.
According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, here is how it is supposed to happen:
At 7:30 a.m. CT, Alfonso CuarĂ³n and J.J. Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
At 7:38 a.m. CT, Chris Pine and Cheryl Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Best Picture.
Just a note. The Oscar nomination ballots were due before the winners of the Golden Globe Awards were presented Sunday night.
As short recap on those, as reported as it happened on Digital Journal: The Golden Globes just wrapped up in Beverly Hills with Meryl Streep awarding "Boyhood" the top award of the night. "Boyhood" caps a 12-year journey of film-making and it took home Best Motion Picture, Drama.
One main category to look for is Best Director. The five nominees should likely be considered as the top movie contenders going forward. Since the Academy can have up to 10 nominees in the Best Picture category, eliminating some early is an option.
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