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The dance for Oscar begins

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 01:55

''Birdman'' and ''The Grand Budapest Hotel'' lead the pack for the Academy Awards. Alicia Powell reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Show business satire "Birdman" and colorful caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" led the nominees for the 87th Oscars with nine nods apiece including best picture. Others in the category are "American Sniper," "Boyhood," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Whiplash" and British World War Two biopic "The Imitation Game." The film snagged eight total nods including a best actor nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for supporting actress. Golden Globe's winner for best drama, "Boyhood," earned six nominations with recognition going to director Richard Linklater, and actors Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Wes Anderson's quirky "Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman" will go head to head again. "Birdman" features Michael Keaton, a best actor nominee, as a washed-up former superhero. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was an early favorite last year with critics. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" also walks away with six including Bradley Cooper's fourth nomination for best actor. Julianne Moore is considered the favorite to win the best actress Oscar for her portrayal as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. Another Golden Globe winner and Eddie Redmayne, is a strong contender for best actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." Some of the other notable surprises were the nomination of Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night" and the exclusion of Jennifer Aniston, who gave a critically acclaimed performance in "Cake." The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" fell short of some expectations, earning only an original song nod for "Glory" alongside its best picture nomination. Winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris in Los Angeles on February 22.

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The dance for Oscar begins

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 01:55