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A glance at this year’s Oscar picks


By Liam Dacko

LOS ANGELES — According to Patricia Arquette’s Twitter account, the morning of Jan. 15 was not a good one for the actress.

Not only had her children’s’ babysitter overslept, her car also got towed and she ended up being late for work.

However, the morning took a turn for the better after the actress learned she had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture.

“If you bet me this was going to happen a year ago I would have bet real money that you were wrong. Amazed,” Arquette tweeted after learning about the nomination.

The actress is nominated for her work as single mother Olivia Evans in Boyhood, a film famous for having taken 12 years to make. Last Sunday, Arquette, who will star as FBI agent Avery Ryan in the upcoming CBS drama CSI: Cyber, won a Golden Globe Award for her work in the film.

 Boyhood received nominations in many other categories, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. However, the coming-of-age movie did not lead the pack in terms of number of nominations. That distinction goes to Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, each of which received 9 nominations.

Both Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel were nominated for Best Film alongside American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.

Best Actor nominees include Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Keaton’s nomination for Best Actor comes after his Golden Globe win for Best Actor last week. He made waves at the ceremony with his impassioned and tearful acceptance speech. He used the speech as an opportunity to recognize his 31-year old son Sean, who could be seen in the audience.

“My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful,” Keaton said. “Did I say kind? He also happens to be my son Sean. I love you with all my heart, buddy.”

Keaton went on to express his gratitude for receiving the Golden Globe.

“You have no idea what this means to me,” he said. “To come from the place where I come from, I’m proud of all my friends and family. Thank you very much.”

Best Actress nominees include Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), and Julianne Moore (Still Alice).

Julianne Moore is coming off a Golden Globes win for her part as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice. This Oscar nomination is Moore’s fifth.

Moore took to Twitter after learning about the nomination. She wrote: “thank u everyone for the congratulations! i am so happy i can barely breathe #makingmyselfdizzy #AcademyAwards.”

Other stand-out nominations include those for Meryl Streep and Robert Duvall.

Streep received her 19th Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the Witch in the musical Into The Woods.

Duvall, 84, who received a nomination for his role in The Judge, is the oldest male actor to ever receive a nomination. That title was previously held by actor Hal Holbrook.

The 87th Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22. The ceremony will air on ABC. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit




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