Two comedies "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" have tied for the most Oscar nominations, receiving nine each. Nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced via live stream from Beverly Hills.
The two films with the most nominations, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were joined in best-picture nominations by "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "The Theory of Everything," "The Imitation Game," "American Sniper" and "Selma," the Academy Awards announced on Thursday.
"The Imitation Game" trailed close behind with eight nominations. Clint Eastwood's Navy Seal drama "American Sniper," received six nominations, including best actor for Bradley Cooper. Also with six nominations was Richard Linklater's coming-of-age epic "Boyhood," which remains the best-picture favorite as it won best drama at the Golden Globes last Sunday.
At the same time, Wes Anderson's old Europe caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which also won in the category of best comedy or musical at the Globes has emerged as the most unexpected awards heavyweight. Grossing $59,1 million it is still the most money-making best-picture entry.
The eight best-picture nominees left out two wild cards that might have added a dose of darkness to the category: the creepy Jake Gyllenhaal thriller "Nightcrawler" and the tragic wrestling drama "Foxcatcher."
The makers of both "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Wes Anderson, are both in the race for best director along with Richard Linklater for "Boyhood," Bennett Miller for "Foxcatcher" and Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game."
For the category of best actor, "Birdman" star Michael Keaton and Britain's Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") are up against Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game").
Marion Cotillard for the French-language "Two Days, One Night" was the surprise nominee for best actress. She was joined by Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild").
The Oscars are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris in Los Angeles on February 22.
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