Oscar Nominations 2015: ‘Birdman’ & ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Lead the Race


The 2015 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. The Academy changed things up this year, but announcing all of the awards via their live stream, instead of just the popular categories. J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, Chris Pine, and AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs (“Dick Poop!”) were on hand to deliver the news.

With the Oscars, there’s usually more complaints than praise. It doesn’t help all that much the AMPAS member pool isn’t very diverse, which means that certain types of deserving films won’t get recognized as the best of the past year. Regardless, the Oscar is still considered the most prestigious award in the film industry. Whether it stays relevant is yet to be seen.

Moving on, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead with the most nominations. Both are achievements in filmmaking, so no surprise there. Whiplash edged its way into the race with five nominations. And despite the timid critical response, American Sniper gave Bradley Cooper his third Oscar nomination in a row. However, it’s hard to imagine Cooper beating Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton this year.

As for the snubs… Selma only got two nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo weren’t nominated, and it’s frankly such a shame because they turned out some of the best work of the year with Selma. Gone Girl lost out on Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, and even more surprisingly, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gillian Flynn. Rosamund Pike secured a nomination for playing the infamous Amazing Amy, but it looks like it’s Julianne Moore’s year to win. Finally, everything is not awesome for The LEGO Movie, which was snubbed out of the Best Animated Feature category, despite getting an Original Song nomination. The LEGO directors aren’t despairing so much though…


The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Here is the full list of Academy Awards nominees:

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Director
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”


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 Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”


Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

Best Documentary Feature
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt in the Earth”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”

Best Song
“Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” (written by Shawn Patterson)
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” (written by Diane Warren)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (written by Glen Campbell)
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”


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