The 2015 Oscar Nominations: 'Birdman' and 'Grand Budapest' Tops With Nine Each

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‘Boyhood’ or ‘Birdman’? ‘Selma’ or ‘Sniper’? The 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced this morning starting at 8:30am EST and you can watch the announcements live, right here!

Well, that was interesting. Just when you think you've got the Oscars figured out, they throw you a huge curve ball. Or, maybe what's so surprising about this year's nominations is how nothing is really different?

'Selma', a film that topped many Best of 2014 lists and has a 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating, was mostly shut out, save for a Best Picture and Best Song nomination. Star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay were both shut out, despite most people expecting they would make the cut. (DuVernay would have been the first African-American woman nominated for Best Picture.) It's a shocking lack of diversity as all nominated actors are white and all but Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are white in the Best Director category.

'Foxcatcher' was nominated for two acting awards (Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo) and Best Director, but failed to land a Best Picture nomination. Also left out of the race for Best Picture was 'Nightcrawler', which many thought might sneak in as a ninth nominee. (Jake Gyllenhaal too was snubbed for his performance.) The well-regarded Roger Ebert documentary 'Life Itself' failed to make the cut in the Best Documentary Feature category.

And now to the snub that will knock your block off: 'The LEGO Movie'—considered a frontrunner to win an Oscar just a few weeks ago—failed to get a nomination for Best Animated Feature. Was it too goofy? Too weird? Too good?? That's one that will stump a lot of people for a very long time. (Don't worry, director Phil Lord is taking it in stride...)

But, enough with the snubs, there were some things to get excited about like Laura Dern sneaking in for her supporting performance in 'Wild' and Bradley Cooper getting nominated for the third straight year (the last actor to do this since Renee Zellweger in 2001-2003). Marion Cotillard sneaking past Jennifer Aniston for the fifth Best Actress spot was a pleasant surprise, as was Paul Thomas Anderson for his 'Inherent Vice' script. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep, with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 'Into the Woods', now has a whopping 19 total nominations. That's 7 more than second place all-time (Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn have 12 each).

For all you comic book fans out there, this year sees the two Hulks, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo, going face-to-face in the Best Supporting Actor category. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' were nominated for a total of three Oscars.

The 2015 Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood and televised live on ABC at 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST.

Best Picture
‘Boyhood’
‘Birdman’
‘The Imitation Game’
‘Selma’
‘The Theory of Everything’
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
‘Whiplash’
‘American Sniper’

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, ‘Birdman’
Eddie Redmayne, ‘The Theory of Everything’
Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘The Imitation Game’
Steve Carell, 'Foxcatcher'
Bradley Cooper, ‘American Sniper’

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’
Reese Witherspoon, ‘Wild’
Rosamund Pike, ‘Gone Girl’
Marion Cotillard, 'Two Days, One Night'
Felicity Jones, ‘The Theory of Everything’

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, ‘Whiplash’
Edward Norton, ‘Birdman’
Ethan Hawke, ‘Boyhood’
Mark Ruffalo, ‘Foxcatcher’
Robert Duvall, ‘The Judge’

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, ‘Boyhood’
Emma Stone, ‘Birdman’
Meryl Streep, ‘Into the Woods’
Keira Knightley, ‘The Imitation Game’
Laura Dern, ‘Wild’

Best Director
Richard Linklater, ‘Boyhood’
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, ‘Birdman’
Bennett Miller, 'Foxcatcher'
Wes Anderson, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Morten Tyldum, ‘The Imitation Game’

Best Original Screenplay
Richard Linklater, ‘Boyhood’
Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Nicolás Giacobone. Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. Armando Bo, ‘Birdman’
Wes Anderson, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Dan Gilroy, ‘Nightcrawler’
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman, ‘Foxcatcher’

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, ‘The Imitation Game’
Anthony McCarten, ‘The Theory of Everything’
Damien Chazelle’, Whiplash’
Jason Hall, 'American Sniper'
Paul Thomas Anderson, 'Inherent Vice'

Best Foreign Film
‘Ida’
‘Leviathan’
‘Wild Tales’
‘Timbuktu’
‘Tangerines’

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
‘Foxcatcher’
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Best Original Score
‘The Theory of Everything’
‘Interstellar’
‘The Imitation Game’
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
'Mr. Turner'

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, ‘Birdman’
Roger Deakens, ‘Unbroken’
Robert Yeoman’, The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, 'Ida'
Dick Pope, ‘Mr. Turner’

Best Animated Feature
‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya'
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’
‘Big Hero 6’
‘The Boxtrolls’
'Song of the Sea'

Best Documentary Feature
‘Citizenfour’
‘Last Days in Vietnam’
‘Virunga’
'Finding Vivian Maier'
'Salt of the Earth'

Best Production Design
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
‘Into the Woods’
‘Mr. Turner'
‘Interstellar’
‘The Imitation Game’

Best Original Song
“Glory”, ‘Selma’
“Lost Stars”, ‘Begin Again’
“Everything is Awesome”, ‘The LEGO Movie’
"Grateful", 'Beyond the Lights'
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You", 'I'll Be Me'

Best Documentary Short
‘Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1’
‘Joanna’
‘Our Curse’
'The Reaper'
'White Earth'

Best Live Action Short
Barvata
‘The Phone Call’
‘Boogaloo and Graham’
‘Aya’
'Butterlamp'

Best Costume Design
‘Into the Woods’
‘Maleficent’
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
‘Mr. Turner’
‘Inherent Vice'

Best Editing
‘Boyhood’
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel'
‘Whiplash’
‘The Imitation Game'
'American Sniper'

Best Sound Editing
‘Interstellar’
‘Unbroken’
'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
'American Sniper'
'Birdman'

Best Sound Mixing
‘Interstellar’
‘Unbroken’
‘Whiplash’
'American Sniper'
'Birdman'

Best Visual Effects
‘Interstellar’
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Best Animated Short
‘Feast’
‘The Dam Keeper'
‘The Bigger Picture’
'Me and My Moulton'
'Single Life'

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