What Were Some 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominations?


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"American Sniper," "Birdman" and "The Imitation Game" were some best picture nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, as were "Boyhood," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything." Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keato, and Benedict Cumberbatch were nominees for best actor, while Julianne Moore and Felicity Jones contended for best actress. "CitizenFour," "Finding Vivian Maier," "Last Days in Vietnam," "The Salt of the Earth" and "Virunga" were the five nominees for best documentary feature.

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Five actors and five actresses were nominated in each of the lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories. In the best supporting actress category, Patricia Arquette's performance in "Boyhood" beat Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep. J. K. Simmons won best supporting actor for his role in "Whiplash," defeating Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Edward Norton.

"Big Hero 6" won the award for best animated feature, competing with "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," and "Mr. Turner" were all nominated for best cinematography. "Birdman," "Foxcatcher" and "Boyhood" were three of the nominees for best original screenplay and best director, with "Birdman" winning both awards.

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