The 87th annual Academy Awards

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"American Sniper" is up for Best Picture in the 87th Academy Awards. Kyle Gallner, left, as Goat-Winston and Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "American Sniper."

Kaley Patterson
A&E Editor

Awards season is in full swing. The Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild have passed, and up next are the Oscars. The Academy announced their contenders for the 87th Academy Awards on Jan. 15 in Beverley Hills, Calif.

Top nominations for this year’s Oscars were “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)” starring Michael Keaton and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” earning nine nominations, respectively.

Along with congratulations for those nominated, there are surprises and snubs, but none more so than of the so highly Oscar-predicted “Selma” – a film depicting a moment in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in Selma, Ala., marching for African-American suffrage. Even though it received a nod for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Glory,” the Internet went nuts over the prominent white nominations with “#OscarsSoWhite” trending on Twitter the day of the announcements.

Some of the films nominated can be watched and formed opinions upon prior to the awards show. “American Sniper,” “Into the Woods,” “Selma” and “The Imitation Game” are currently playing at both theatres in Lawton. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood” are out on DVD, while “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)” and “The Theory of Everything” will release on Feb. 17.

Each year, the Academy receives praises and ridicules, but this Oscar season has already proven to be an enlightening one. Tune in to ABC on Feb. 22 to see who takes home the golden Oscar.

2015 Oscar Nominees

Best Picture

“American Sniper”

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)”


“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”


“The Theory of Everything”



Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”


Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Bird Man or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”


Actress in a Supporting Role

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”



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