87th Oscars nominations announced

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Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards Jan. 15. For the first time, nominees in all 24 categories were announced live.

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

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

(Above) Reese Witherspoon is nominated in the leading actress category for Wild. Photo by Jeff Rutherford

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • “The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • “Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best motion picture of the year

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

Achievement in directing

  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
  • “The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
  • “Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • “Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
  • “Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
  • “Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Best documentary feature

  • “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
  • “Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • “Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • “The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
  • “Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

In the acting categories, nine individuals are first-time nominees: Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone. Four of the nominees are previous acting winners: Robert Duvall, Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep.

(Above) This is actor Steve Carell’s first Oscars nomination (Foxcatcher). Photo: Lindsay Teed

Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 19th nomination.

(Above) Robert Duvall is nominated in the supporting actor category for The Judge. Photo by Lindsay Teed

Cinematographer Roger Deakins now has the most nominations for cinematography of any living person with 12. Charles B. Lang, Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

Colleen Atwood has the most nominations for Costume Design of any living person with 11. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.

The film Ida is the 11th predominantly black-and-white film to be nominated for cinematography since 1967, when the separate category for black-and-white cinematography was eliminated. Most recent was The Artist in 2011.

For the first time since 2011, when balloting rules first allowed the possibility of between five and ten nominees for Best Picture, eight films have been nominated in the category. For the 84th, 85th and 86th Academy Awards, there were nine Best Picture nominees.

The number of features eligible for Best Picture this year were 323 and the number of features eligible for Best Picture last year were 288.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc.  In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees.  All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. There are 6,124 voting members.

50 Oscar statuettes were created for the 87th Oscars. That little guy weighs in at 8.5 pounds and is 13.5 inches tall. The statuette is a stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.

(Above) No actual human model was used for designing the Oscars statuette. Photo by Barb Teed

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live on the ABC Television Network. This is the second earliest Oscars telecast date in the past 20 years, the other held in 2009.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

(Above) Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy A.M.P.A.S.