'Birdman,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' lead Oscar nominations

Both movies received 9 Academy Awards nominations with winners to be announced Feb. 22

Both movies received 9 Academy Awards nominations with winners to be announced Feb. 22

NEW YORK - Hollywood announced the 87th Academy Award nominations Thursday, with “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topping all films with nine nominations each, including best picture.

The shortlist was announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Alfonso Cuaron, who won best director for “Gravity” in 2014, alongside “Star Wars” director JJ Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Oscars boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

The war drama “The Imitation Game” is up for eight awards, while “Boyhood” and “American Sniper” each have six nominations.

Six other films are in competition for the best picture prize alongside “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” about a renowned concierge wrongfully accused of murder, and “Birdman,” about a superhero attempting to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play.

They are “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.”

Eddie Redmayne, who won best actor at last week's Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” will compete for best actor along with Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”).

Awards will be presented Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The award, a gold-plated statuette, is bestowed upon winners in 24 categories including best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, directing, original screenplay, original score, visual effects, foreign-language film and animated feature film.

Nominees in some other fan favorite categories include:

Director: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel;" Richard Linklater, “Boyhood;" Alejandro G Inarritu, “Birdman;" Morten Tyldum, “The Theory of Everything;" Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher.”

Actress: Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night;" Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything;" Julianne Moore, “Still Alice;" Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl;" Reese Witherspoon, “Wild.”

Supporting actor: Robert Duvall, "The Judge;" Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood;" Edward Norton, "Birdman;" Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher;" J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash."

Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood;" Laura Dern, "Wild;" Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game;" Emma Stone, "Birdman;" Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods."

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