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Movie Maniac: ‘Budapest Hotel’ surprises in tie for most 2015 Oscar nominations (VIDEO)

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Ralph Fiennes, left, and Tony Revolori in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Ralph Fiennes, left, and Tony Revolori in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. AP

Nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced from Beverly Hills, where they were broadcast and streamed live.

And Oscar atypically showed some love for comedies this year, as “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for the most nominations with nine each, including best picture.

It’s a strong surprise showing for “Budapest Hotel,” which did very well in technical categories and nabbed Wes Anderson his first Oscar nomination for directing.

“The Imitation Game” was close behind with eight nominations, including best picture. The coming-of-age drama “Boyhood” and real-life war story “American Sniper” were next with six each, also including best picture.

Acting categories had a few surprises, but most favorites this awards season fared well. The Martin Luther King drama “Selma” didn’t fare as well as everyone had predicted, though, nabbing nominations only for best picture and best original song.

Here are the nominees in major categories:

BEST PICTURE

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Selma”

“The Theory of Everything”

“Whiplash”

My thoughts: All great choices, though I thought “Foxcatcher” would have made the list.

BEST DIRECTOR

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” Alejandro G. Inarritu

“Boyhood,” Richard Linklater

“Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson

“The Imitation Game,” Morten Tyldum

My thoughts: Wonderful showing for Anderson and a slightly surprise one for Miller. Many thought Ava DuVernay would make the list for “Selma,” though.

BEST ACTOR

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”

My thoughts: Cooper swept in out of nowhere, but the rest are as predicted.

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”

My thoughts: Cotillard is the surprise here, many thought Jennifer Aniston (for “Cake”) would make the list.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”

My thoughts: Wonderful showing for Dern.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

My thoughts: This category turned out as everyone thought.

This year’s ceremony on Feb. 22 will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

87th Academy Award nominations

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: 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: Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”; Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”; Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”; Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”; Reese Witherspoon, “Wild.”

Supporting actor: Robert Duvall, “The Judge”; Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”; Edward Norton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”; Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”; J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.”

Supporting actress: 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.”

Directing: 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.”

Foreign language film: “Ida”; “Leviathan”; “Tangerines”; “Timbuktu”; “Wild Tales.”

Adapted screenplay: Jason Hall, “American Sniper”; Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”; Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”; Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”; Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash.”

Original screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”; Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”; E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”; Wes Anderson (screenplay) and story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler.”

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

Production design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; “The Imitation Game”; “Interstellar”; “Into the Woods”; “Mr. Turner.”

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

Sound mixing: “American Sniper”; “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”; “Interstellar”; “Unbroken”; “Whiplash.”

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

Original score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; “The Imitation Game”; “Interstellar”; “Mr. Turner”; “The Theory of Everything.”

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

Costume design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; “Inherent Vice”; “Into the Woods”; “Maleficent”; “Mr. Turner.”

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.”

Makeup and hairstyling: “Foxcatcher”; “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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.”

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.”

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