‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Lead 2015 Oscar Nominations

They’re finally here: the 2015 Oscar nominations. Although the frontrunners are, predictably, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel (with nine nominations each) and Boyhood (with seven nominations), the announcements are full of surprises for movie lovers and Oscar pundits everywhere.

The biggest surprise of the morning was The LEGO Movie, which despite cleaning up the critics awards and being an audience favorite, was completely snubbed in the Best Animated Feature category. The hit song “Everything is Awesome” did appear in the Best Original Song category, but its spot amongst the Best Animated Feature nominations was usurped by independent films Song of the Sea (CraveOnline’s pick for The Best Animated Movie of 2014, so we’re not complaining) and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Other expected nominations, and surprising snubs, include Jake Gyllenhaal (who turned in one of the best performances of the year with Nightcrawler), the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself (which failed to earn a Best Documentary Feature nomination) and Gone Girl (which only earned one nomination, for Rosamund Pike for Best Actress).

But the biggest snub has to be Ava DuVernay’s celebrated Selma, which suffered from awards season travesties after screeners and screenings failed to reach critics’ bodies and various guilds in time to build any buzz. The historical drama about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights marches in Selma, AL received standing ovations and was expected to make a major showing in the acting and technical categories, and probably even earn director DuVernay the first-ever Academy Awards nomination for an African-American woman, but instead only received a Best Original Song nomination and what can only be described as a token nomination for Best Picture.

The complete list of 2015 Oscar nominations is below. Keep coming back to CraveOnline for more Oscar coverage as the season progresses.


Best Picture

American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Jason Hall, American Sniper

Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything

Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher

Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Foreign Language Film





Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature


Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt in the Earth


Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Film Editing

American Sniper


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


Best Song

“Everything is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie (written by Shawn Patterson)

“Glory” from Selma (written by Common and John Legend)

“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me 

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game

Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything

Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Dick Pope, Mr. Turner

Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods


Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

Best Sound Editing

American Sniper


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies



Best Sound Mixing

American Sniper





Best Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Short Film, Live Action


Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp


The Phone Call

Best Short Film, Animated

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper


Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best Documentary, Short Subject

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Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth