The list of the Oscar nominees has been released to the public, surprising many with the films that received the most nominations and the ones that were overlooked by the nominating committee. You can see a full list of this year’s Oscar nominees on this list from the L.A. Times. The Oscars ceremony will be held on Feb. 22.
With no clear frontrunner for the honor, the best picture category promises to be competitive. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” both by Fox Searchlight, received the most nominations with nine apiece, including being nominated for best picture. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a whimsical tale of a hotel concierge caught up in a murder plot. “Birdman” features Michael Keaton as a former superhero actor trying to revive his career by putting on his own Broadway play.
Other best picture nominees include “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.” “The Imitation Game” secured eight nominations, including a nomination for Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor. “American Sniper” and “Boyhood” each earned six nominations. The most surprising entry on the list was “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood. The film follows the real-life story of the most deadly sniper in American military history and stars Bradley Cooper, who also received a nomination for best actor.
Some voters may choose to go with one of the nominated films that uses a novel approach for telling its story. “Boyhood” was created over a 12-year time period using the same actors and director throughout the entire time. “Birdman” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” also offer innovative visual spectacles and original characters. Some are expecting “Boyhood” to win since it won a Golden Globe for best drama during the awards ceremony last weekend. “Grand Budapest Hotel” also won a Golden Globe last weekend, for best comedy or musical.
Surprising some, Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” only received one other nomination this year, for best original song for “Glory.” Director Ava DuVernay did not receive a nomination for best director, which would have made her the first ever black female nominated in the category. Other surprises on the list included the nomination of Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard for her role in “Two Days, One Night,” and the exclusion of Jennifer Aniston after her critically acclaimed performance in “Cake.”