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The 2015 Oscar nominations are in

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman” led the pack of Oscar nominations, nabbing nine each, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Thursday morning.

While the many nominations for “Birdman” were expected, the amount of praise showered onto “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a little surprising since the Academy hasn’t embraced director Wes Anderson’s movies nearly as much before. This year marks Anderson’s first Best Director and Best Pictures bids.

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” which faced Oscar controversy over historical inaccuracies, failed to get nominations beyond Best Picture and Best Original Song. DuVernay was shut out from Best Director, and David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t make it into the Best Actor category.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" was nominated for a total of nine Academy awards, including best picture. It marks the first time that director Wes Anderson has been nominated for best director. Anderson was also nominated for best original screenplay. Poster courtesy Fox Searchlight.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” was nominated for a total of nine Academy awards, including best picture. It marks the first time that director Wes Anderson has been nominated for best director. Anderson was also nominated for best original screenplay. Poster courtesy Fox Searchlight.

Elsewhere in Best Director, Anderson joins “Birdman” directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu of “Birdman” and Richard Linklater, whose “Boyhood” may not have lead in total nominations, but did nab major acting bids for the film’s two parental roles with Patricia Arquette in Best Actress and Ethan Hawke in Best Supporting Actor.

Best Actor includes nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of British mathematician Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” which was also nominated for Best Picture.

The Best Picture category rounds out with nominations for “American Sniper,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Best Documentary Feature includes “Citizenfour” on NSA leaker Edward Snowden and “Virunga” on Africa’s endangered national park.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22. Although Harris has hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Emmy Awards twice, this will be his first time hosting the Oscars.

"Selma" was nominated for best picture and best original song. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures.

“Selma” was nominated for best picture and best original song. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures.

See the full list of nominees below:

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 Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

"The Imitation Game" received eight nominations, including best picture, best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), best actress in a supporting role (Keira Knightly) and best directing. Photo courtesy The Weinstein Co.

“The Imitation Game” received eight nominations, including best picture, best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), best actress in a supporting role (Keira Knightly) and best directing. Photo courtesy The Weinstein Co.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Actress in A Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

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
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

"Birdman" received eight nominations, including best picture, best actor (Michael Keaton) and best actress in a supporting role (Emma Stone). Poster courtesy Fox Searchlight.

“Birdman” received nine nominations, including best picture, best actor (Michael Keaton) and best actress in a supporting role (Emma Stone). Poster courtesy Fox Searchlight.

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Mark Bridges, “Inherent Vice”
Colleen Atwoodk, “Into the Woods”
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, “Maleficent”
Jacqueline Durran, “Mr. Turner”

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

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

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
“Joanna”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper (La Parka)”
“White Earth”

Best Film Editor
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, “American Sniper”
Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”
Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”
Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

Bradley Cooper was nominated for  best actor for his role in "American Sniper," which was also nominated for best picture, amongst others. In total, "American Sniper" received six nominations. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Bradley Cooper was nominated for best actor for his role in “American Sniper,” which was also nominated for best picture, amongst others. In total, “American Sniper” received six nominations. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”
“Leviathan”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Music: Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

"The Theory of Everything" was nominated for best picture, best actor, and best actress in a leading role, amongst others. The movie received a total of five nominations. Photo courtesy Focus Features.

“The Theory of Everything” was nominated for best picture, best actor, and best actress in a leading role, amongst others. The movie received a total of five nominations. Photo courtesy Focus Features.

Best Music: Original Song
Shawn Patterson, “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn, “Glory” from “Selma”
Diane Warren, “Grateful” from “Beyond The Lights”
Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, “Lost Stars” from “Begin Aagain”

Best Production Design
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Maria Djurkovic (Production Design); Tatiana Macdonald (Set Decoration), “The Imitation Game”
Nathan Crowley (Production Design); Gary Fettis (Set Decoration), “Interstellar”
Dennis Gassner (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), “Into the Woods”
Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration), “Mr. Turner”

Best Short Film: Animated
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Short Film: Live Action
“Aya”
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“Parvaneh
“The Phone Call”

Best Sound Editing
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”
Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
Richard King, “Interstellar”
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, “Unbroken”

"Whiplash" received five nominations, including best picture, best actor (J.K Simmons), best adapted screenplay. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

“Whiplash” received five nominations, including best picture, best actor (J.K Simmons), best adapted screenplay. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Best Sound Mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, “American Sniper”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee, “Unbroken”
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, “Interstellar”
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

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

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