AceShowbiz - Nominees for the upcoming 87th annual Academy Awards are finally made public. The Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron as well as actor Chris Pine at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California to read the list.
"Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the pack with nine nominations each, while "The Imitation Game" follows with eight. "American Sniper" which repeatedly got cold shoulder at the Pre-Oscar awards now bounces back with six nods at the Academy Awards.
The true-story movie about the most lethal sniper in America is up for Best Picture, getting into a stiff battle for the most coveted prize with "Birdman", "Grand Budapest Hotel", "Imitation Game", "Boyhood", "Selma", "The Theory of Everything", and "Whiplash".
Meanwhile, contenders for Best Director are Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"), and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game").
Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Bradley Cooper ("American Sniper"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") are vying for Best Actor.
Redmayne's co-star Felicity Jones is nominated for Best Actress. She is pitted against Marion Cotillard ("Two Days, One Night"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild").
The winners will be feted at a live telecast scheduled for February 22. Neil Patrick Harris serves as a host.