Oscars 2015: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top nominees, 'American Sniper' finishes strong

The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were presented Thursday morning, with some surprise nominees, and some shocking snubs.

Two comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations with nine nods each, including Best Picture, and "The Imitation Game" trailed close behind with eight nominations.

Clint Eastwood's Navy SEAL drama "American Sniper" did surprisingly well, landing six nods including best actor for Bradley Cooper. Also with six nominations was Richard Linklater's coming-of-age epic "Boyhood," which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture.

But not everyone woke up to good news. Jennifer Aniston, who had been nominated for a Golden Globe for her lead role in "Cake," was left off the Oscar nod list for Best Actress. And while "Selma" and "American Sniper" were both nominated for Best Picture, their directors, Ava DuVernay and Eastwood, were not so lucky.

A popular children's toy is also smarting this morning, as its namesake film "The Lego Movie," was left out of the Best Animated Film category.

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    The nominees in the major categories are as follows:

    Best Picture

    "American Sniper," "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Selma,"  "The Theory of Everything," and "Whiplash."

    Best Director

    Alejandro G. Inarritu, ``Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)''; Richard Linklater, ``Boyhood''; Bennett Miller, ``Foxcatcher''
    Wes Anderson, ``The Grand Budapest Hotel''; 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"; and Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything."

    Best Supporting Actor

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

    Best Supporting Actress

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

    This year's Academy Awards ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22. It's his first time hosting after four years leading the Tony Awards and two hosting the Primetime Emmys.

    Ratings for the Academy Awards have been on the rise. Last year's Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

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