The Oscar nominations for 2015 have been announced – and it has transpired that Eddie Redmayne will battle it out with Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Actor once again. Eddie has been recognised for his stellar turn in The Theory of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic, for which he has already won a Golden Globe.
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Benedict also portrayed a real person – Alan Turing, the breaker of the Enigma Code – in The Imitation Game.
Both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones received nominations for their roles in The Theory of Everything
The duo will have fierce competition from Michael Keaton who is winning plaudits for Birdman and moved the audience to tears with an emotional speech at the Golden Globes. Also in the race for leading man are Bradley Cooper for American Sniper and Steve Carell for Foxcatcher.
When it comes to Best Actress, Eddie's co-star Felicity Jones will vie with Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Marion's nomination proved a surprise to many, with Oscar fans instantly reacting online and causing her name to trend on Twitter. The French beauty pipped Jennifer Aniston to the post, as she was originally speculated to gain recognition for her performance in Cake.
The Imitation Game scooped a total of eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel came out top, sweeping the board with nine Oscar nominations each.
The Imitation Game has eight nominations in total, including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Keira Knightley, while The Theory of Everything has five. This is Keira's first nomination in said category, although the English Rose was also nominated for Best Actress in 2005 for her role in Pride & Prejudice.
Boyhood, a labour of love filmed over 12 years by Richard Linklater, is competing in six categories including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Ethan Hawke and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.
Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the ceremony takes place on 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Oscar 2015 nominations
- Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
- Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
- Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
- Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
- Michael Keaton, Birdman
- Marion Cotillard, Two days, One Night
- Julianne Moore, Still Alice
- Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
- Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
- Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best Supporting Actor:
- Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
- Edward Norton, Birdman
- Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
- J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
- Robert Duvall, The Judge
Best Supporting Actress:
- Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
- Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
- Emma Stone, Birdman
- Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
- Laura Dern, Wild
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
- Richard Linklater, Boyhood
- Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
- Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
- Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game