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‘Birdman’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ lead Oscar nominations with nine each

MUMBAI: The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced today. ‘Birdman’ and The Grand Budapest Hotel’ led the nominations with nine each.

However, neither is likely to win Best Picture. Surprisingly, ‘Birdman’ did not get an editing nomination. That nomination is considered crucial for a film to win Best Picture.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is also not considered a favourite to win. The favourite to win Best Picture is ‘Boyhood’ which earlier this week won Best Picture and Director at the Golden Globe Awards. It got only six Oscar nominations but that is because it did not get technical nominations.

What might give it some heat though is the British film ‘The Imitation Game’ which got eight nominations including for its director Morten Tyldum and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. This film is set in the second World War and is about how Alan Turing cracked Germany’s Engima code. It is a favourite to win for adapted screenplay. Only eight movies got nominated for best picture. Last year nine films were nominated.

In terms of surprises, ‘Foxcatcher’ got nominations in several categories like director, actor and screenplay but failed to get a best picture nomination. Conversely, ‘American Sniper’ got six nominations including for picture and its star Bradley Copper but the director Clint Eastwood was ignored. This is Cooper’s third nomination in a row.

‘The Lego Movie’ did not get nominated for best animated feature. That probably clears the way for ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ to win. David Fincher’s film ‘Gone Girl’ got just one nomination for its star Rosamund Pike. It didn’t even manage a nomination for adapted screenplay.

However, Julianne Moore is the favourite to win for her role as a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in ‘Still Alice’. Also nominated was Marion Cotillard for the foreign film ‘Two Days One Night’. ‘Selma’, which is about the civil rights march in the US, got a best picture nomination but managed just one other nomination for song.

In terms of films outperfoming ‘Whiplash’ got five nominations including for J.K. Simmons who is the favourite to win for best supporting actor. Meryl Streep received her 19th nomination for the musical ‘Into the Woods’:

The Oscar Awards takes place next month in Los Angeles.