The 87th Annual Academy Award Nominees Announced Live From L.A.

By Lauren Pincente ● January 15, 2015 22:30

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards nominations this morning live from Los Angeles. Presented in two parts, the 2015 announcements included all categories for the first time in history.

The nomination livestream opened with producer/writer/director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek 3) and producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) naming the honourees for achievements in previously unannounced categories. President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, later graced the stage with actor Chris Pine (Star Trek 3) to announce the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Leading the pack with nine nominations is The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s colourful and imaginative film about legendary concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) and his adventures with his trusted lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s story about washed-up actor Riggan (Michael Keaton) who struggles with overcoming his ego as his new Broadway play is set to debut, is also a frontrunner with nine nominations. The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley, follows behind with eight nominations.

The Best Picture nominees followed closely with predictions that had been set in the weeks leading up to today’s announcement. They include:

  • American Sniper (producers Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan)
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (producers Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole)
  • Boyhood (producers Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (producersWes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson)
  • The Imitation Game (producers Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman)
  • Selma (producers Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner)
  • The Theory of Everything (producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten)
  • Whiplash (producers Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster)

Best Actress in a Leading Role nominees include:

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

The Best Actor in a Leading Role nominees are:

  • Steve Carrell (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)

Canadians will be pleased to learn that Montreal animator Torill Kove is nominated for Best Animated Short for her film Me and My Moulton. The film, produced with funding from the National Film Board of Canada, is Kove’s third nomination. Kove has previously won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for The Danish Poet in 2006. Joining Kove is director Dean DeBlois, who recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature for his film How To Train Your Dragon 2. The Aylmer, Quebec director, will compete against Graham Annable of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, co-director of the nominated The Boxtrolls, for Best Animated Feature.

Amidst the excitement over the nominations, however, was some controversy. Film pundits have openly expressed shock and criticism of the morning’s announcements, particularly for the lack of diversity amongst the actor nominations as well as a lack of female director, screenwriter and cinematographer nominees. Twitter users voiced their disappointment with the Academy for overlooking the groundbreaking civil rights film Selma. Despite a Best Picture nod, many were disappointed that director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who played the role of Martin Luther King, did not receive nominations.

Other incorrect predictions include Jennifer Aniston, whose dramatic portrayal of a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake had garnered a great deal of Oscar buzz following its World Premiere at TIFF, and Gone Girl, which was overlooked in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. The Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted crime thriller Nightcrawler was noticeably absent from major categories save for a Best Original Screenplay nomination. Foxcatcher, meanwhile, nabbed five nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Steve Carrell), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo) and Best Director (Bennett Miller), but did not receive a Best Picture nod despite a strong run on the festival circuit in 2014.

To view the full list of nominees, click here

The 87th Annual Academy Awards will air on CTV on February 22 at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT.

To view the complete list of winners, click here.