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The Oscars: What you need to know

Bradley Cooper in a scene from American Sniper.

With the Grammy’s already one week behind us, we prepare to the 87th Academy Awards, aka the Oscars which airs tomorrow night (February 22nd) at 8:30 p.m. EST on CBS.

First and foremost, let us not lose our temper and raise our pitchforks just yet at the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio will not be given a chance this year for another shot at winning his very first Oscar.

Nonetheless, the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards include for Best Picture: American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Selma, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Whiplash; for Best Leading Actor: Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”, Michael Keaton in “Birdman”, Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”, Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”, and Benedict Cumberbath in “The Imitation Game”; for Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”, Emma Stone in “Birdman”, Laura Denn in “Wild”, Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”, and Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”; and for Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6, Song of The Sea, The Boxtrolls, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

OTHER NOMINATIONS

Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Cinematography

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mr. Turner

Unbroken

Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

Scene from Grand Budapest Hotel.

Directing

Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Documentary Feature

CitizenFour

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

Ida

Documentary Short Film

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Scene from The Imitation Game.

Film Editing

American Sniper

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Boyhood

Whiplash

Foreign Language Film

Ida

Leviathan

Tangerines

Timbuktu

Wild Tales

Makeup and Hairstyles

The Budapest Hotel

Gaurdians of the Galaxy

Music (Original Score)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Foxcatcher

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

Music (Original Song)

“Everything is Awesome” LEGO Movie

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me

“Glory” Selma

“Grateful” Beyond the Lights

“Lost Stars” Begin Again

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

Short Film (Animated)

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Feast

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Short Film (Live Action)

Boogaloo and Graham

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Aya

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

The Phone Call

Sound Editing

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Sound Mixing

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Whiplash

Visual Effects

Captain American: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Interstellar

The Theory of Everything

American Sniper

The Imitation Game

Inherent Vice

Whiplash

Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Nightcrawler

About The Author

Madison Spector

Madi Spector, aka Madi Channing, is a junior double majoring in journalism and English with a minor in creative writing. She is originally from Coral Springs, Florida where she spent every waking moment of her life being a marching and concert band kid with her French horn and mellophone. She specializes in entertainment and pop culture and has a hot passion for E! News, dark chocolate, proper grammar and Chuck Bass. When she’s not writing (which is a very rare occurrence), you can find her crying over Harry Potter, being unsure if she wants to devote her time to binge-watching another show on Netflix or trying to convince people that she has phenomenal abs while at the gym.

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