Both films have been nominated for nine awards each – but upset reigns as The Lego Movie is snubbed
The Oscar nominations were announced this afternoon (with a little help from Star Trek actor Chris Pine) and there are two clear frontrunners: Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. Both films have been nominated for nine awards each, including Best Picture.
The Imitation Game comes in a close third with eight nominations, with Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper landing six each.
Both Anderson, Inarritu and Linklater have been nominated for Best Director too.
Here are the full list of Best Picture and Best Director nominees:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
One of the biggest upsets of the nominations? If you're going off internet outrage alone, it's The Lego Movie getting snubbed for Best Animated Feature. (Full disclosure: The Lego Movie is number eight on our best films of the year list, so we're pretty miffed too.)
No Best Animated Feature for THE LEGO MOVIE is all sorts of wrong. All sorts of wrong.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) January 15, 2015
And the first official Oscar snub is in: no nomination for The Lego movie.— Liam Lacey (@liamlacey) January 15, 2015
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on February 22, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting.