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The 87th Academy Award Nominations and Fun Facts

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled their nominations for the 87th Annual Oscars. In the midst of all the snubs, surprises and outrage on social media there is still some fun to be had with numbers and historical context. Here are your nominees followed by some info to take with you to share with friends who have not yet mounted their annual post-announcement boycott of the ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 22.

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
FoxcatcherBennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

BEST ACTOR

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”

BEST ACTRESS

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” - Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” - E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” - Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler” - Dan Gilroy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“American Sniper” - Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” - Graham Moore
Inherent Vice” - Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” - Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” - Damien Chazelle

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

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

BEST 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

BEST 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

“CitizenFour”
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Virunga”

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

BEST 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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Ida” (Poland)
Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)

BEST 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

BEST 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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie
Glory” from “Selma”
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again

BEST 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 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

BEST 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

BEST 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

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE 87TH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the highest-grossing nominee at the box office with nearly $60 million. "The Imitation Game" is at $42 million and climbing. No other film has grossed $30 million to date.

Total gross of the eight nominated films to date: $203,078,365. Lower than the total gross of nominees "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "The Lego Movie", "Maleficent", "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", "X-Men: Days of Future Past", "Big Hero 6" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". 

Bennett Miller is the first director to be nominated since the expansion of the Best Picture category to not have his film up for the big prize. His only prior nomination or award through the entire awards season happened well before it began: back in May when he won Best Director for "Foxcatcher" at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Foxcatcher" was good enough to be nominated for its screenplay, direction and two performances but not Best Picture of the Year. Meanwhile, "Selma" received one single nomination for Original Song and is up for Best Picture.

This is the first year since 2009 that there is not a film with 10 nominations or more. "Selma"'s two nominations is the lowest for a Best Picture nominee since "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close". in 2011. It also joins "The Blind Side" and "A Serious Man" as films of the expansion era to receive just one other nomination besides Best Picture.

Clint Eastwood has been nominated four times by the Directors Guild ("Unforgiven", "Mystic River", "Million Dollar Baby", "American Sniper"). This was the first time he was not nominated for the Oscar afterwards.

"The Lego Movie", one of the best-reviewed animated or live-action films of 2014, received a nomination for its song but not for Best Animated Feature

Sony Classics received 18 nominations. Sony Pictures received zero.

Nominations By Studio: Fox Searchlight (20), Sony Classics (18), Warner Bros. (11), Weinstein Co. (9), IFC (8), Disney (8), Paramount (7), Focus (6), Fox (4), Universal (3), Music Box (2), GKids (2), Radius (1), Open Road (1), Relativity (1), Area23 (1), American Experience Films (1), A24 (0), Lionsgate (0), Roadside (0), Sony (0)

This is the 7th straight year that the Weinstein Co. has had a film up for Best Picture. Warner Bros. has been up six years in a row. It's the 5th straight year for Fox Searchlight. "Boyhood", meanwhile, is the first Best Picture nominee in the history of IFC Films.

Batman and two Incredible Hulks are up for Oscars. Not to mention Spider-Man's Gwen Stacy and J.J. Jamieson

Mark Ruffalo has co-starred with fellow nominees Ethan Hawke ("What Doesn't Kill You"), Keira Knightley ("Begin Again"), Julianne Moore ("The Kids Are All Right" and "Blindness") Reese Witherspoon ("Just Like Heaven") and aside from his screen time with Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher" also had a scene with him in "Date Night"

Nine of the actors are first-time nominees. Marion Cotillard, Laura Dern, Ethan Hawke, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon received their second. Bradley Cooper and Edward Norton got their third. Julianne Moore upped her tally to five. Robert Duvall now has seven and Meryl Streep extends her record to 19 nominations.

Chicagoan Patricia Arquette was nominated for Supporting Actress and Common is one of the performers of "Selma"'s nominated song, "Glory". Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal and Gillian Flynn were not.

Neither was Steve James' "Life Itself" about our beloved Roger Ebert. Yet, "Finding Vivian Maier" about the Chicago street photographer was nominated, and was directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

Live-Action Short Film Nominee "Butter Lamp" was one of the shorts chosen as part of 2014's Chicago Critics Film Festival, curated by members of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

For the third time since 2000, not a single African-American is among the 20 acting nominees. 

1 nomination - "Gone Girl", "The Lego Movie", "Nightcrawler"

0 nominations - "Calvary", "Edge of Tomorrow", "Life Itself", "Love is Strange", "Mommy", "A Most Violent Year", "Noah", "Snowpiercer", "Under the Skin"

Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director, but four women are listed as producers among the Best Picture nominees and Laura Poitras may be the favorite to win Best Documentary for "Citizenfour"


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