Offbeat films ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest Hotel’ lead Oscar race

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Show business joke “Birdman” and colorful hop “The Grand Budapest Hotel” led a Academy Award nominees on Thursday with 9 nods apiece, including best picture, in a query for Hollywood’s tip film prize.

The dual Fox Searchlight films are assimilated in a best pattern Oscar competition by “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.” The Academy chose usually 8 films to contest for a tip honor, nonetheless it can commission adult to 10.

British World War Two biopic “The Imitation Game” garnered 8 nominations, including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, while Iraq fight mural “American Sniper” and entrance of age story “Boyhood” any warranted six.

The best pattern competition promises to be competitive, with no transparent frontrunner before a Feb. 22 Oscars ceremony. Several of a tip films have pushed cinematic bounds with novel approaches to storytelling.

“Boyhood,” that executive Richard Linklater done over 12 years with a same actors, was deliberate a favorite after winning a Golden Globe for best play final weekend.

“Birdman” from Mexican executive Alejandro G. Inarritu mislaid in a best comedy or low-pitched problem to Wes Anderson’s quirky “Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Both films offer innovative visible eyeglasses and strange characters. “Birdman” facilities Michael Keaton, a best actor nominee, as a washed-up former superhero actor battling to make a quip by putting on his possess Broadway play, his angst prisoner in what looks like one prolonged shot in a close proportions of a theater.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” was an early favorite final year with critics, with a dainty story of a hotel concierge held adult in a murder plot. It won nominations for a colorful prolongation design, costumes and makeup, among others.

“It’s harder and harder to get any film made, and all of these cinema are unequivocally strange and difficult,” pronounced Tim Gray, awards editor during Variety. “On a scale of difficulty, all of these are off a chart.”

If there was a latecomer to a race, it would be “American Sniper” from 84-year-old executive Clint Eastwood. The real-life story of a many lethal sniper in American troops story is also resounding to life during a box office. Star Bradley Cooper was a warn best actor nominee, nonetheless Eastwood was left out of a directors’ category.

The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” fell brief of some expectations on Thursday, earning usually an strange strain curtsy for “Glory” alongside a best pattern nomination. Ava DuVernay was upheld over for best director, an repudiation that prevented her from apropos a initial black lady nominated in that category.

Some of a other important surprises were a assignment of Oscar-winning French singer Marion Cotillard as a beleaguered workman in “Two Days, One Night” and a ostracism of Jennifer Aniston, who gave a critically acclaimed opening in “Cake.”

Julianne Moore is deliberate a favorite to win a best singer Oscar for her description as a lady with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Another Golden Globe winner, Eddie Redmayne, is a clever contender for best actor for his purpose as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

“It’s all too most to take in really,” Redmayne told Reuters. “Come after today, we will have a unbending potion of something.”

The animation problem might have served adult a biggest impugn of a day with a repudiation of “The LEGO Movie,” that is formed on a fondle building blocks desired by critics, children and their parents.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that gives out a Oscars, will exhibit a winners in Los Angeles during a Feb. 22 rite hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy and Mary Milliken; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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