‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top Oscar Nominees

Oscar Nominees

Fox Searchlight soared on Thursday at the 87th Academy Award nominations after two of its films, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” led the field with nine nominations each.

Both movies were also nominated for best picture.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “Birdman” and “Grand Budapest’s” Wes Anderson were triple nominees, as director, writer and producer of the pics. (Inarritu shared writing credit with three collaborators; both shared producing credits with others).

The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game” was close behind with eight mentions, including a best actor nod for Benedict Cumberbatch and directing for Morten Tyldum, making his English-language bow. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (Warner Bros.) and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” (IFC FIlms) had six nominations each. Linklater is another triple nominees, as director, writer and a producer.

Eight movies will compete for best picture this year, with Academy rules allowing five to 10 films, in a complicated system of tallying. The eight are “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma” (Paramount), “The Theory of Everything” (Focus Features) and “Whiplash.” For the past three years, there were nine best-pic contenders.

Sony Pictures Classics scored 18 bids, spread wide among “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” (five noms apiece),”Mr. Turner” (four) and various other categories, including docu and foreign-language film.

Netflix scored its first Oscar nom with the documentary “Virunga.”

Eastwood and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay were snubbed in the directing category. “Selma” actor David Oyelowo was also left out of the best actor races. “Selma” scored two noms, for best pic, and song.

The five actor contenders are Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne. This is Cooper’s third consecutive nomination, though the others are first-timers.

This year’s actress contenders include Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon. Cotillard and Witherspoon are previous winners, Moore a previous nominee. Jones and Pike are first-timers.

Though the nominations were clearly dominated, as usual, by English-language films, Cotillard’s bid in Belgian pic “Two Days, One Night” plus a cinematography nod for the Polish “Ida” showed that foreign language fare can still have a shot outside the foreign language film category.

“Nightcrawler,” which recently raised its awards profile with nominations in six guild votings, nabbed an original screenplay bid for Dan Gilroy.

One of the biggest surprises was the omission of “The Lego Movie” in the animated feature category. It was well-liked, and many considered it the front-runner to win.

J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron, Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees in a two-part live event at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. This was the first time the Academy and ABC televised all the categories on the air, after previously limiting it to about 10 of the 24 races.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the 2015 Oscars will be broadcast live Feb. 22 on ABC.

Full list of nominations:

Best motion picture of the year

“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

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 cinematography

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Achievement in directing

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

Best documentary feature

“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best documentary short subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

Achievement in film editing

“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash” Tom Cross

Best foreign language film of the year

“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Achievement in production design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Best animated short film

“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins

Best live action short film

“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

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. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño 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. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & 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 & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

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  1. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes “.IMO was heads and tails above Birdman besides being more meaningful. Caesar deserved to be nominated over Michael Keaton.

  2. Charles Ward says:

    Im not surprised Inherent Vice got almost completely snubbed… the subtleties of that film flew over most peoples heads… Ive heard it described as bombastic… and in overall style perhaps it was.. but there was a lot going on in the subtext of the film and the individual acting performances within it that were ignored,,, of course thats just my $.02
    cheers charliewired

  3. Cecil B Da Mill says:

    I’d be shocked if Selma didn’t take best picture, America and it’s black problem will never end.

  4. Faye says:

    I don’t know why I even expected Inherent Vice, Nightcrawler and Snowpiercer to get nominated for Best Picture. *sighs*

    Now I feel like The Imitation Game and the Theory of Everything were each reserved a spot even before they got released. Did the Academy even see those movies? They couldn’t have thought them to be as good as all of us expected! I mean the actors were really good but please! Best Picture? I don’t think so. (I mean honestly, even Edge of Tomorrow was better made than those 2)

    And I don’t know what made me think that maybe this time they’d nominate the actual great films of the year in the categories that count.

    They sure can surprise, right? I mean no nod for Lego Movie (Animated Feature) and Gone Girl (Score)? Harsh.

    Now I’m just hoping Boyhood or Budapest wins everything. Well, most of the nominees are good. My point is they ommitted many of the great ones, yet again.

  5. Lou hodges says:

    Bird man was a terrible movie but accurately reflects the Hollywood agenda. Doesn’t even hold a candle to grand Budapest, which I saw several times. I took the screenwriting program at UCLA. I can definitely see how they would come up with this trite exploratory crap. Keaton is a major talent, just obviously off track, and should either go on a long vacation or seek help from any number of qualified psychiatrists and get off the moonbat Machine.

    • Birdman is so bad it makes a case for an award for” the worst movie ever nominated for an Oscar”. Grand Budapest Hotel was IMO was great and very well crafted. Night Crawler IMO was outstanding with many twists and turns. Jake Gillenhaal gave an Academy Award performance.

    • Lex says:

      I enjoyed the acting in Birdman, but I’m with you. I thought the movie itself was terrible, especially the ending.

  6. Whoevs says:

    Whiplash.

  7. Jj says:

    Glad Gone Girl faded out. While an entertaining black comedy for the most part, it just doesn’t add up to something significant or profound or complete.

  8. Lisa says:

    I will not watch the Oscars this year because the movie Selma was deliberately scorned on purpose. A movie critic that was on one of the night comentators show on MSNBC he said when a movie that can be up for a Oscar and can win across the board, the people who vote for the nominations will put out a story before December 29 so any movie that can be better than others will have controversie put out on purpose. As a African,Irish,Cherokee,Scottish,Hatian,Asian American woman I am disgusted with Hollywood politics and I will not watch the Oscars ever again! I am sorry I couldn’t think of the person name who wrote the book but I am sure you can google Oscars and how they sabotage movies for personal reasons. Pray for this country and our soilders!

  9. Daniel says:

    Geriatric Academy members can´t even count to ten anymore.

  10. Daniel says:

    Mr. Turner no nominartion for Best Picture.

    Mike Leigh must be riled.

  11. Chico Unchained says:

    I am disappointed Lana Del Rey, Lorde, & Sia were not nominated for Best Original Song, Ava Duvernay and Angelina Jolie were not nominated for Best Director for Selma and Unbroken, and David Oyelowo was not nominated for Best Actor for Selma as King. With Duvernay and Jolie not being nominated, history was not made today.

  12. Daniel says:

    John Taylor for Sound Mixing, also two nominations.

  13. Daniel says:

    Two nominations for Anna Pinnock in Production Design.

  14. Julienne says:

    “American Sniper” is the Best Movie of the Year. Period.

    • rick millman says:

      It does not have a chance with the liberals out there. notice Eastwood did not get the nod either. liberals do not want to get Obama mad after how Eastwood said about him. O, and Eastwood was dead on about Obama.

      • zzzzzz says:

        American Sniper was so boring. Nothing in that movie hasn’t been said in a dozen other war films. Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Born on 4th of July come to mind. American Sniper was paint by numbers compared to those movies.

      • Charles Ward says:

        We can’t even discuss movies without touching upon the false dichotomy that is American Politics… j… please…. so boring.. yawn
        cheers charliewired

      • Cecil B Da Mill says:

        well said, so true.

    • Tom Weber says:

      Many would disagree with your selection. “Sniper”, as has been pointed out elsewhere, is a fine recruiting tool for the Republican Party.

    • Movie says:

      that is YOUR opinion.Period.

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