Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood lead the nominations but The Lego Movie gets snubbed
It's award season again and as always the one that everyone wants to win is the Oscar.The nominations have just been announced and , as is normally the case, there were very few surprises with most of the front-runners getting their expected nods. It looks as though Richard Linklater's Boyhood , Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro Inarritu's Birdman are the front-runners in terms of overall awards. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel share the most nominations with nine each, whilst Boyhood has a total of six. However most pundits expect Boyhood, which was shot over a period of twelve years, to take home Best Picture and Best Director; whilst Anderson and Inarritu are left to fight it out over a consolation Best Screenplay gong. As far as the acting awards are concerned, the race is currently wide open with a number of great performances in contention, making this the hardest ceremony to call in years. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar received five nominations, all in the technical categories, which wasn't a surprise; unlike The Lego Movie that, despite doing stellar business and receiving universally good reviews, wasn't even nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. Now that's definitely not awesome!
Here are the main nominations:
Best Picture - American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.
Best Director - Alejandro Inarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).
Best Actor - Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and 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) and Resse Witherspoon (Wild).
Best Supporting Actor - Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and J. K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods).
Best Original Screenplay - Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Nightcrawler.
Best Adapted Screenplay - American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.
You can see the full list of nominations here and the winners will be announced at the 87th Academy Awards on the 22nd of February 2015.
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