It's another year for the Academy Awards, and another year to praise the nominees and sorrow over the snubs. 

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced last week, and films of all genres are being honored for their achievements. The films with the most nominations are Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, each of which have nine nominations.

Here is a list of nominees in the major categories for the 87th Academy Awards.

Best Picture

American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Director

Wes AndersonThe Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez IñárrituBirdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher

Morten TyldumThe Imitation Game

Best Actor

Steve Carell, as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, as Riggan Thomson in Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, as Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones, as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, as Alice Howland in Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, as Cheryl Strayed in Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, as Joseph Palmer in The Judge

Ethan Hawke, as Mason Evans Sr. in Boyhood

Edward Norton, as Mike Shiner in Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, as Dave Schultz in Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, as Olivia Evans in Boyhood

Laura Dern, as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey in Wild

Keira Knightley, as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, as Sam Thomson in Birdman

Meryl Streep, as the Witch in Into The Woods

The ceremony will be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris and will air at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 on ABC. For the full list of nominations, go to


David Dunn is an aspiring filmmaker, critic, and analyst currently attending the University of Texas at Arlington, and writes for the newspaper, The Shorthorn.

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