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article imageOscars: 'Birdman,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' grab 9 nods each

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 15, 2015 in Entertainment
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning (Jan. 15) and "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the way. Each film grabbed nine nominations.
But, it looks like a battle between "Birdman" and "Boyhood" right now. That means if they cancel each other out, an upset may be in the making. That would benefit "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Along the way, some notable additions and omissions. Jennifer Aniston is not in the Best Actress category and Clint Eastwood is left out of Best Director. Eastwood did get a Directors Guild Award nomination, so leaving him out is noteworthy.
Also, Ava DuVernay did not get a director nod for "Selma," but the film did get a Best Picture nomination. The documentary "Life Itself" was left out, which is somewhat of a surprise since Roger Ebert was highly-respected in the industry.
But, perhaps the biggest surprise is "The LEGO Movie" being left out of Best Animated Film. That film was one of the biggest hits of 2014.
Amy Adams, who just won a Golden Globe, did not get in. But again, the Oscar nominations were already in before the winners of the Globes were presented. Plus, the Globes have a musical/comedy and a drama category, thus, more nominees.
Even though the Oscars can have up to 10 nominations in Best Picture, they have eight in that category. All categories were announced by the Academy, which was a first. “Each of the three years we've produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, explained in a release. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”
They were referring to Alfonso Cauron, JJ Abrams and Chris Pine.
The list:
BEST PICTURE
“American Sniper”
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
“Selma”
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“Princess Kaguya”
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
” Maleficent”
“Mr. Turner”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Birdman”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Ida”
“Mr. Turner”
“Unbroken”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“Boyhood”
“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Nightcrawler”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“American Sniper”
“Imitation Game”
“Inherent Vice”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
“Glory” – Selma
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
“Crisis Hotline”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
” The Reaper”
” White Earth”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Citizenfour”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Salt of the Earth”
“Virunga”
BEST FILM EDITING
“American Sniper”
“Boyhood”
“Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Imitation Game”
“Whiplash”
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 PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Aya”
“Boogaloo And Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“Parvaneh”
“The Phone Call”
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