‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Tie With 9 Oscar Nods

‘‘Birdman,’’ about an aging superhero-film star trying to save his career, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture and lead actor Michael Keaton, tying with the oddball comedy ‘‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’’

‘‘The Imitation Game,’’ the story of British computer pioneer Alan Turing, garnered eight nominations, including best picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said today in Beverly Hills, California. They will vie with five other films: ‘‘Boyhood,’’ Richard Linklater’s coming of age tale, ‘‘American Sniper,’’ ‘‘Selma,’’ ‘‘The Theory of Everything’’ and ‘‘Whiplash.’’

The nominees for 2014’s best in film reflect artistic ambitions that exceed their tickets sales. In ‘‘Birdman,’’ Keaton tries to resurrect his career by staging a Raymond Carver story on Broadway before his efforts unravel. In all, the best-picture hopefuls have generated about half the domestic ticket sales of last year’s films. ‘‘American Sniper’’ may narrow the gap by expanding to more screens tomorrow.

‘‘The nominees are voted on by their peers,’’ Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the academy, said in an interview. ‘‘These are serious filmmakers -- they do their homework, they love film and they come into the process wishing to be entertained.’’

‘‘Birdman’’ also garnered a nomination for its director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He’ll compete with Richard Linklater, creator of ‘‘Boyhood,’’ ‘‘Foxcatcher’’ director Bennett Miller, Morten Tyldum, who directed ‘‘The Imitation Game,’’ and Wes Anderson of ‘‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’’

Top Actors

All of the films nominated for best picture got at least five nominations, with the exception of ‘‘Selma,’’ which drew two, and none for acting or directing. The film from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment examines Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s drive for equal voting rights over three crucial months of 1965.

‘‘Whiplash” features Miles Teller as a 19-year-old attending a conservatory where he’s trying to become the world’s best drummer. J.K. Simmons plays his abusive music instructor.

All of the lead actor nominees came from the films vying for best picture.

In addition to Keaton, Eddie Redmayne will compete for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Benedict Cumberbatch plays World War II UK scientist Turing in “The Imitation Game,” about efforts to crack a Nazi code, and Steve Carell is the disturbed Du Pont family member who wants to coach U.S. Olympic wrestlers.

‘American Sniper’

Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper” is an Iraq battlefield marksman whose accuracy shooting the enemy in Iraq makes him a legend.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film, which had $3.2 million in domestic sales in limited release starting Dec. 25, is one of the films expected to reap the benefits of its Oscar contention. It’s forecast to collect $57 million this weekend, according to Boxoffice.com, when it expands to more than 3,500 theaters.

Academy voters overlooked Ralph Fiennes for his role in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He stars as Gustave H, a famed concierge at a hotel in the fictional republic of Zubrowka between the two world wars.

Voters also snubbed “The LEGO Movie” in the choice for best animated feature, even though it led the category with domestic box office sales of $258 million. “Big Hero 6” made the shortlist, as did “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “The Boxtrolls.”

Best Actress

In the best actress category, Felicity Jones was nominated for her portrayal of Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Rosamund Pike was chosen for her lead role in “Gone Girl,” the tense thriller about a woman who stages her own disappearance, while Julianne Moore received the nod for her performance as a college professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.” Marion Cotillard was selected for “Two Days, One Night,” along with Reese Witherspoon for “Wild,” about a woman on an 1,100 mile trek.

Meryl Streep received her 19th Oscar nomination for her supporting role as the witch in “Into The Woods.” Patricia Arquette was also nominated in the category for “Boyhood.”

Robert Duvall was listed as best supporting actor for “The Judge,” his seventh nomination. Edward Norton got his third Oscar nomination -- this time as best supporting actor in “Birdman.” In the film, he portrays a volatile method actor who steps in as the replacement star. J.K. Simmons was also nominated for “Whiplash.”

Fox’s Year

Fox Searchlight, part of 21st Century Fox Inc. garnered 20 nominations to lead the studios among the feature films up for at least two awards, according to academy data. The studio distributed “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Wild,” which is up for two Oscars.

Sony Pictures Classics followed with 14, getting nominations for “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “Mr. Turner.”

There were 323 features eligible for Best Picture this year versus 288 last year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has 6124 voting members.

The 87th Oscars will be handed out Feb. 22, in a televised ceremony carried live on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC network. The show will be hosted for the first time by Neil Patrick Harris and produced once again by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Last year, on average 43.7 million people in the U.S. watched the show. The 87th Oscars will be broadcast in more than 225 countries with several hundred million people expected to watch, according to the Academy.

Among best-picture past winners since 1978, Paramount Pictures’ 1997 release “Titanic” is the top-grossing picture with inflation-adjusted domestic revenue of $1.13 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

See complete list:

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

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 Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Director
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
Alejandro Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr.,
    Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of Princess Kayuga”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida” (Poland)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)

Best Documentary – Feature
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Salt of the Earth”

Best Documentary – Short
“Crisis Hotline”
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” Shawn Patterson, (“The Lego Movie”)
“Glory,” John Legend and Common, (“Selma”)
“Grateful,” Diane Warren, (“Beyond the Lights”)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell,
     (“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”)
“Lost Stars,” Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois,
     (“Begin Again”)

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Cinematography
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher”
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White,
     “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Live Action Short
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp”
“The Phone Call”

Best Animated Short
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”
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