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The Academy Award, literally (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)
The Academy Award, literally (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)
The Academy Award, literally (Pic: Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are in, and it looks set to be another exciting night for British talent, with mentions for most of the biggest British talents who had been expected to appear on the list (with the possible exception of Selma‘s David Oyelowo).

The Imitation Game did particularly well, being nominated for best picture and best director, with Benedict Cumberbatch getting his first Oscar nod in the lead actor category and Keira Knightley appearing on the supporting actress list. It also received a mention for adapted screenplay, film editing and production design. And composer Alexandre Desplat has two nominations in the original score category, for The Imitation Game and Mr. Turner.

Then there’s The Theory of Everything, also nominated for best picture. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are both nominated in their respective best actor categories, and there are further nominations for best score and adapted screenplay.

Rosamund Pike joins Felicity on the shortlist for actress in a leading role, for her unsettling part in Gone Girl, and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner picked up a few technical award nominations, including costume design, and cinematography (credited to Dick Pope, who was erroneously described by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs as “Dick Poop” during the announcement).

Elsewhere, the two big contenders of the night will be Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which received nine nominations.

The full list is 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
Whiplash

Actor in a leading role
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Actor in a supporting role
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Actress in a supporting role
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Animated feature film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Cinematography
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

Costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

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

Documentary feature
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Documentary short subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Film editing
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Foreign language film
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Makeup and hairstyling
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Original score
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)
“Glory” (Selma)
“Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

Production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Animated short film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Live action short film
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

Sound editing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

Sound mixing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Visual effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Original Screenplay
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

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By Fraser McAlpine