Could Bradley Cooper and American Sniper get Oscars in 2015? Swooping in and surprising everyone, Clint Eastwood's film defied the odds after Golden Globes snubs, bringing in Academy Awards nominations.
The 2015 Oscar nominations are in, folks, and the result are equal parts expected and surprising! Once again, Richard Linklater’s incredible indie darling Boyhood is looking like the one to beat, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne will be going head to head in a clash of the Brits for Best Actor.
Elsewhere, the Best Actress race is red hot as Julianne Moore could be on track for scoring her first-ever Oscar win, thanks to Still Alice. But which of these contenders will walk away with statuettes when the 2015 Oscars premieres on Feb. 22?
The sexy Chris Pine, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron (who won Best Director for last year’s Gravity) and Star Wars: Episode 7 director J.J. Abrams joined Academy President Cheryl Boon Isaacs to unveil the highly anticipated nominees.
In a surprising turn of events, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman had the most Oscar nominations (a total of nine each), while The Imitation Game came in at a close second with eight. Boyhood, however, received a total of six nominations, a number shockingly tied with Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. The film starring Bradley Cooper was snubbed during the Golden Globes, but it's also entered the Best Actor race.
Last year, Steve McQueen’s hard-to-watch 12 Years a Slave was the clear front-runner for Best Picture, but now that honor seems to belong to Boyhood. The coming-of-age film about a young boy growing up with a single mom and a flighty dad took 12 years to make, but the results were well worth it. It’s already won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Drama, as well as Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).
However, we could be thrown a curveball and The Theory of Everything could pull ahead of the pack. It’s already the prime candidate to take home Best Actor. The talented Redmayne, who recently married his longtime love Hannah Bagshawe, walked away from the Golden Globes with the award for Best Actor, Drama. His stirring performance in The Theory of Everything as renown physicist Stephen Hawking was awe-inspiring and deserves countless praises.
But don’t count out Mr. Cumberbatch. His turn as Nazi code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game is still getting a lot of acclaim and Oscar buzz, and he should not be ignored so quickly. The same goes for Michael Keaton in Birdman, who recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actor, Comedy or Musical.
The Best Actress race is just as hotly debated. While Reese Witherspoon gave a career-best performance in Wild, a film about one woman’s mental and physical journey through a 1,000-mile cross-country hike, we want nothing more for Moore to win.
Moore has been nominated four times for Oscars in the past — Boogie Nights, The End of an Affair, The Hours and Far From Heaven — and many believe she’s vastly overdue for a win. Her role as an Early On-Set Alzheimer’s-stricken mother offered a refreshing new look at the illness and had a lot of us reaching for tissues.
Here is the complete list of 2015 Oscar nominations:
Best Picture: Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, Whiplash
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Morten Tyldum Tylden (The Imitation Game)
Best Actor: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman) Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Best Cinematography: Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ida, Mr. Turner, Unbroken
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, Into the Woods, Maleficent, Mr. Turner
Best Documentary Feature: Citizen Four, Finding Vivian Maier, Last Days in Vietnam, The Salt of the Eart, Virunga
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Joanna, Our Curse, The Reaper (La Parka), White Earth
Best Film Editing: American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Whiplash
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida, Laviathan, Tangerines, Timbuktu, Wild Tales
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Mr. Turner, The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song: "Every Is Awesome" (The LEGO Movie), "Glory" (Selma), "Grateful" (Beyond the Lights), "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (I'll Be Me), "Lost Stars" (Begin Again)
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Mr. Turner
Best Short Film: Aya, Boogaloo and Graham, Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak), Parvaneh, The Phone Call
Best Animated Short Film: The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Feast, Me and My Moulton, A Single Life
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper, Birdman, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Interstellar, Unbroken
Best Sound Mixing: American Sniper, Birdman, Interstellar, Unbroken, Whiplash
Best Visual Effects: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nightcrawler