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Oscar Favorites

2014 was a fantastic year for film, which means that this year’s Oscar race is hotly contested. With the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards coming out last week, its easier to see which movies stand up to the competition. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” lead the way with 9 nominations. No movies have been nominated for ‘the big five’, which is a nomination for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Originial/Adapted Screenplay.

Here’s a look at all the selections. The bolded picks are what the odds-makers in Las Vegas have as their favorites to win the awards.

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Best Director

  • Wes Anderson — The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman
  • Richard Linklater — Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller — Foxcatcher
  • 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 Alice 
  • Rosamund Pike — Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon — Wild

(There are no odds-on favorites for the next two categories)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper – Jason Dean Hall from “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from “Alan Turing: The Enigmaby Andrew Hodges”
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson from “Inherent Vice” by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten from “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” by Jane Wilde Hawking
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle from his short film of the same name

Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the awards on Februrary, 22 2015.

Full list of nominees can be found here: