Oscar Nominations: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' & 'Birdman' Lead Way With 9 Noms; 'Imitation Game' Scores 8

UPDATED with more details: Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman led the way this morning with nine mentions apiece as nominations were announced for the 87th Oscars, with the Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game following with eight. All three were included in the Best Picture race in a category that featured only eight of a possible 10 nominees, joining Warner Bros’ American Sniper, early awards-season frontrunner Boyhood from IFC Films, Focus Feature’ The Theory Of Everything, Sony Pictures Classics’ Whiplash and Paramount’s Selma.

AMERICAN SNIPERSelma, which had been left off of several awards lists before today, finally scored with a Best Pic nom, but director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo were left off in their respective categories. Among the late bloomers to score this morning was American Sniper, which landed six noms overall including Best Pic, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jason Hall but not a Best Director nom for Clint Eastwood.

The Best Actor list features Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Benedict Cumberbatch for Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for Birdman, and Eddie Redmayne for Theory Of Everything. The Best Director noms are Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman (he also shared an Original Screenplay nom), Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson for Budapest, Morten Tyldum for Imitation Game and Golden Globe’s winner Richard Linklater for Boyhood, which had six total noms today.

Despite the success in the individual categories, Foxcatcher also did not make the marquee Best Picture list. Neither did Fox Searchlight’s Wild. Still, that studio dominated the morning with 21 total nominations.

Frontrunner Julianne Moore led the Best Actress noms for Sony Classics’ Still Alice, joining Marion Cotillard for IFC’s Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones for Theory Of Everything, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl and Reese Witherspoon for Wild.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled nominations this morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a special two-part announcement of all 24 categories.

Here is the full list:

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

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

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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

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

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

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

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

    1. I couldn’t agree more. I love Studio Gibli, but “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya” was shite. There is no way that deserves to be on this list over Lego Movie, which was one of the most insanely original movies (not just animated) in years.

    2. Wow. The Lego movie and gone girl.
      J aniston. Are they voting for or against.
      That’s just an outright political statement.
      The general public will be totally against
      not even being nominated.
      As far as
      whiplash, the imitation game , and theory ,
      the names are so confusing as to what the
      movie is about. Category for- change the title.

      1. Jp, you obviously haven’t seen any of these films with “confusing titles”, yet somehow you feel obligated to bash the film titles with your worthless, ignorant opinion? If you can’t hazard a guess as to what The Theory Of Everything is about, it might be a sign that you should finally start pursuing your GED. However, In the spirit of critical thinking, I would love to hear your suggestions for alternative titles to those films.

        1. You’re right I’m too stupid to figure out on my own what the heck these movies would be about from the title and by the time I get to the theatre I completely can’t remember and end up at something named the Lego movie or night at the museum,or chef.
          Sorry I’m not smart enough for you. erg. :(
          Congrats to the noms.

  1. Boyhood, Keaton, Cotilliard, Simmons and Streep are my pics. But the snubs…maybe it is time to expand the acting categories.

  2. Most surprising thing was Foxcatcher not being nominated for Best Picture after getting writing (and surprisingly, directing) and Selma pretty much getting its sole nomination in this category. I know, it got Original Song as well, big deal. By the way, why weren’t John Legend and Common, who won the Golden Globe, nominated?

    1. Really? I thought with few nominations. Especially none in acting categories. That it basically made them a place holder in Best Picture.

  3. I’m waiting for the “not-enough-black” this or that crowd to start saying how racist hollywood is…

  4. Wow, American Sniper, best motion picture nomination, plus many other nominations. Glad to see some sanity in the nomination process.

  5. Will have to watch awards show now, being an extra and possible cameo on the Theory of Everything clips. No awards for extras ‘category’ – could be a dinky plastic Oscar for an extras nominees’ story in the industry?

  6. Interesting that Gone Girl didn’t make the cut but at least Rosamund PIke was nominated. This is probably Julianne Moore’s year, but Pike is long overdue for some recognition.

    1. That’s because it was a mediocre film with an absurd plot. Going into a black hole? The least the writers could have done was read a book. Or even Wikipedia.

  7. Here we go. the usual bunch of films most people will only ever watch once. Oh dear I was predicting The Lego Movie would easily win this years category and it wasn’t even nominated [wince].

  8. It’s always humorous to me how so many of the most popular movies by ticket sales and such, get few if any, Oscar nominations. Just goes to prove to me the whole sideshow is nothing more than an incestuous cluster kissing and circle handling event.

  9. You can’t fit everybody in but no Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner”? The guy chewed the scenery and was understated at the same time – no small feat!

  10. The movie industry is in a freefall – this is the best of 2014? Half of these movies haven’t even been released in most US Cities yet!

  11. How can one have “Best Picture” nominated, and not the Director?
    Clint you are robbed for being a good American and honoring those who serve our country. The whole process is flawed.
    If the Picture is nominated…then ALL who are involved MUST be as well.
    Think of the hours of time saved at the over-long ceremony of inflated egos….we could get to bed by 10:30pm EST.
    Whatever happened to “God’s and Kings”?
    Did it just disappear….oh, I forgot….”God” is mentioned….can’t have that.

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