Birdman Budapest top Oscar nominations with 9 each

Birdman Budapest top Oscar nominations with 9 each

first_imgTwo extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while “Boyhood” remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.The three films were nominated for best picture on Thursday along with “Whiplash,” ”The Theory of Everything,” ”The Imitation Game,” ”American Sniper” and “Selma.” The eight films, largely more modestly sized movies dwarfed by Hollywood’s stampede of bigger blockbusters at the box office, gave the Oscars a classy if not particularly high-wattage batch of nominees. In Hollywood’s ever-expanding industrial complex of awards season, the year’s front-runners — Richard Linklater’s coming of age epic “Boyhood” (six noms) and Alejandro Gonazalez Inarritu’s elegantly shot backstage romp “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” — haven’t been dislodged from their lofty perch, steadily accumulating hardware. “This is what everyone waits for. This is the last one, unless there’s another one that I don’t know about,” said Michael Keaton, who was rewarded with a best-actor nod for his performance as a washed-up star trying to mount a serious Broadway play in “Birdman.” He added: “I don’t care how much people tell you: ‘It’s gonna happen.’ When it happens, you’re thrilled.”“Boyhood” won best drama at the Golden Globes, the latest in a string of awards for the unique, 12-years-in-making film. It landed Linklater nominations for best director and screenplay, as well as supporting nods Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawkelast_img

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