The 87th Academy Awards nominations
'Birdman' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' are neck-to-neck with nine nods each. See the stars' reactions and find out who has been snubbed
The nominees of the 87th Academy Awards were all kinds of excited when the highly anticipated list was released last night. With little more than a month to go before the 22 February ceremony, even we are thrilled to see who might earn their own little golden man.
This is what Birdman star and Best Supporting Actress contender Emma Stone had to say:
"I am so f***ing excited. Are you allowed to say f*** when you're making a statement for the Oscars? I'm just really f***ing excited."
Same here, Emma. Same here. Fellow nominee Keira Knightley (of The Imitation Game) was relatively calmer in her statement, saying "What an exciting morning! I'm so honoured and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented and inspiring actresses."
John Legend and Common, whose composition Glory from Selma is up for Original Song, got the news on a very momentous day.
Benedict Cumberbatch had his family in mind when he received a Best Actor nomination for The Imitation Game. "I am knocked for six by this... To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life."
Meanwhile, Still Alice's Julianne Moore is still recovering from her Best Actress nod.
As for the rest of the nominations, leading this year's intimidating line-up are Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman with nine nods each, sharing the Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay categories.
The Imitation Game comes in a close second with eight noms, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Best Actor candidate Benedict is joined by The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne, Birdman's Michael Keaton, Foxcatcher's Steve Carell and surprise nominee American Sniper's Bradley Cooper.
Golden Globes Best Actress nominees Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike (who nabs Gone Girl's only nomination), Julianne Moore and Felicity Jones are fellow Best Actress nominees again at the Oscars. However, Cake's Jennifer Aniston missed out on her chance at the award, with Marion Cotillard filling the fifth spot for Belgian film Two Days, One Night. Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Helen Mirren were unfortunately snubbed as well.
All of the Oscars' Best Supporting Actors are the same as the Globes', so nothing's changed for Ethan Hawke, J.K. Simmons, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Duvall, except maybe the part where someone other than J.K. wins this time.
A Most Violent Year's Jessica Chastain is missing from the Best Supporting Actress list, replaced by Wild's Laura Dern, who has to compete with Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Keira Knightley, and Patricia Arquette for the golden statuette.
Composer Alexander Desplat has a two-out-of-five chance at winning Best Original Score as his work for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game has been included in the same list.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Photo: Fox Searchlight)
Congratulations to all the nominees (see the full list here), and may the best of the very best win.