This year’s Oscar nominations are quite diverse compared to previous ones. With American Sniper leading against Selma, everyone expected the humble movie Boyhood to remain underneath the spotlight.
To which it does not budge outright; Boyhood, along with Birdman, are competing against each other. Boyhood and Birdman have something in common as it appeals to the human psyche. The two films became Oscar favourites. Boyhood has six nominations, including best picture and best director. Birdman landed nine nominations, including a best actor award for seasoned actor Michael Keaton.
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper landed six nominations. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel had nine, while the Imitation Game had eight nominations.
Many also saw that the Oscars had nominated white actors. All 20 nominated actors from all movies never included a black cast.
Selma’s late December arrival became its losing game against American Sniper, according to analysts. Meanwhile, The Grand Budapest Hotel garnered some surprise awards. It managed nine nominations, but not one for its actors.
The Theory of Everything rounded out the best actor category. Eddie Redmayne had done a splendid job acting as the acclaimed Stephen Hawking in the film about his life. He was woken by the news about his nomination.