2015 Oscar Nominations: 'Birdman' and 'Budapest Hotel' Take the Lead!
By Jackie Willis; Video produced by Rebecca Zamer
After months of speculation and predictions, the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards are here! Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead in nominations -- both receiving nine -- while American Sniper surprises with six nominations, leaving Selma being recognized in only two main categories.
As expected, Boyhood took six nominations and The Imitation Game landed a whopping eight. Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash and Foxcatcher all have five nominations each.
During a live announcement by Chris Pine, Academy president Cheryl Boone and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams on Wednesday, the potential winners were revealed to the public.
Best motion picture of the year • American Sniper • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) • Boyhood • The Grand Budapest Hotel • The Imitation Game • Selma • The Theory of Everything • Whiplash
Performance by an actor in a leading role • Steve Carell in Foxcatcher • Bradley Cooper in American Sniper • Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game • Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) • Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
Performance by an actor in a supporting role • Robert Duvall in The Judge • Ethan Hawke in Boyhood • Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) • Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash
Performance by an actress in a leading role • Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night • Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything • Julianne Moore in Still Alice • Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl • Reese Witherspoon in Wild
Performance by an actress in a supporting role • Patricia Arquette in Boyhood • Laura Dern in Wild • Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game • Emma Stone in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) • Meryl Streep in Into the Woods
Best animated feature film of the year
• Big Hero 6 Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
• The Boxtrolls Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
• How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
• Song of the Sea Tomm Moore and Paul Young
• The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in sound editing • American Sniper Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
• Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
• The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
• Interstellar Richard King
• Unbroken Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
Achievement in sound mixing • American Sniper John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
• Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and Thomas Varga
• Interstellar Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
• Unbroken Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and David Lee • Whiplash Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Achievement in visual effects • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
• Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
• Guardians of the Galaxy Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
• Interstellar Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
• X-Men: Days of Future Past Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer
Adapted screenplay • American Sniper Written by Jason Hall
• The Imitation Game Written by Graham Moore
• Inherent Vice Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
• The Theory of Everything Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
• Whiplash Written by Damien Chazelle
Original screenplay • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
• Boyhood Written by Richard Linklater
• Foxcatcher Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
• The Grand Budapest Hotel Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
• Nightcrawler Written by Dan Gilroy
The Oscars will be handed out live at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and televised on ABC. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.