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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.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of
Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum
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 SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“The Bigger Picture” - Daisy Jacobs and
“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
“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
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
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
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
“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
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.
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"
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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