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A Preview to the 87th Academy Awards

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By Suzy Stocking – Collegiate Staff

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards Ceremony were announced last week, with many predictable picks and surprising snubs. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are both frontrunners in many categories, racking up nine nominations each.

Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” earned six nominations and has been a hot topic lately. The movie earned $105 million during its opening weekend, making it the highest grossing January movie release in history.

Eddie Redmayne is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Redmayne won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor in a Motion picture. The Screen Actors Guild awards are often predictors of Oscar winners, so Redmayne looks like the top contender in the category.

Patricia Arquette (“Selma”) is up for Best Supporting Actress, and also took home awards at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in the supporting actress categories.

The buzz around the Oscar for Best Picture has been around “Boyhood.” The underdog of its category is a story of a young boy growing up with divorced parents. The movie was shot over a 12-year period, from 2002 to 2013, making it extremely unique.

The film won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion Picture, and director Richard Linklater took home the trophy for Best Director.

There has been buzz of him taking home the Oscar for Best Director this year.

The award for Best Actress is one of the closer races this year, with three veterans in the category.

Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) won the award in 2006 (“Walk the Line”), Marion Cotillard (“Two Days, One Night”) won in 2008 for her performance in “La Vie en Rose,” and though she was never won, Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) has been nominated for Best Actress two
times: in 2003 in “Far from Heaven,” and in 2000 for her performance in “The End of the Affair.”

Noteworthy snubs include Ava DuVernay (Best Director, “Selma”), David Oyelowo (Best Actor, “Selma”), “The LEGO Movie” (Best Animated Picture), Jennifer Aniston (Best Actress, “Cake”), and Clint Eastwood (Best Director, “American Sniper”).

This year, not a single actor or actress of color was nominated for an Oscar, which hasn’t happened since 1998. Ava DuVernay would have been the first black woman nominated for best director, and the Academy has been highly criticized for its lack of diversity.

The 87th Academy Awards will take place at 7 p.m. on February 22. The ceremony will be aired on ABC, and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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