It’s American Sniper vs Birdman at the Oscars 2015

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oscars.1The Oscar nominations are out. Predictably, there have been some major upsets and India’s hopes have been dashed again, with its entry – Jal, directed by Girish Malik — not figuring in the final nominations. In the run-up to the 87th Annual Academy Awards, eight films received nominations for Best Picture, with American Sniper training his guns on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman and Selma looking toward Boyhood and Whiplash for company, and The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything completing the list of nominees.

In a two-part ceremony, the nominations were announced today by directors Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and JJ Abrams (Star Trek), along with actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

In déjà vu for Indian moviegoers, AR Rahman failed to make it to the final five of either Original Score or Original Song. Also, Sonu Niigam and Bickram Ghosh, part of the longlist for their Jal score, did not figure among the nominees.

In major overturns, David Oyelowo was overlooked for Best Actor for playing Martin Luther King, Jr in Selma, Jennifer Aniston failed to score a Best Actress nod for Cake, Golden Globe winner Amy Adams wasn’t nominated for Best Actress for Big Eyes, and Jessica Chastain who was passed over for a Best Supporting Actress nod for A Most Violent Year.

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

BEST FILM

American Sniper

Boyhood

Birdman

Selma

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Whiplash

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro Gonzalez Anarritu – Birdman

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

BEST ACTOR

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

 

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Edward Norton – Birdman

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

JK Simmons – Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Robert Duvall – The Judge

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Emma Stone – Birdman

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Laura Dern – Wild

Meryl Streep – Into The Woods

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

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