Here we go, folks. Hot off the press, it's this year's Oscar nominations. First impressions: it's an incredibly predictable set of nominations this year.

Here we go, folks. Hot off the press, it’s this year’s Oscar nominations. First impressions: it’s an incredibly predictable set of nominations this year.

American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything essentially dominating the key categories. There’s a bit more flexibility in the Best Actress category, but still, we’re looking at one of the most unsurprising lists for a long time.

That said, I am pleased, however, that Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel has made it to the Best Picture and Best Director list – as well as Best Original Screenplay. A vindication, of sorts, for topping our Uncut’s 20 Best Films Of 2014 list last year…

But I fear it’ll be muscled out on the night. It’s also good to see Richard Linklater and his remarkable Boyhood in there, Emma Stone’s Best Supporting Actress nod – she’s certainly the best thing in the otherwise meretricious Birdman – and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. I don’t want to get too down on this list, but having just written about American Sniper for the new issue of Uncut, I can’t think of a film I’ve liked less in recent years that’s made it to the Best Picture shortlist. Otherwise, the British are coming – yay – as the multiple nominations for The Theory Of Everything (a good film) and The Imitation Game (not such a good film) demonstrate.

Anyway, all will be revealed on February 22…

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BEST PICTURE
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory Of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

BEST ACTOR
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory Of Everything”

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory Of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alive”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reece Witherspoon, “Wild”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”
Laura Dern, “Wild”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Ed Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
JK Simmons, “Whiplash”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Ida”
“Leviathan”
“Tangerines”
“Timbuktu”
“Wild Tales”

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