Last month the 2015 Oscar Nominations were released and it was a big day for Hollywood. “Birdman” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for the most nominations with nine, while “The Imitation Game” received eight. Several stars like Steve Carell received their first-ever nomination, including Emma Stone and Eddie Redymayne, while Meryl Streep was nominated for the 19th time.
But, as always, there were a number of snubs and surprises. “The Lego Movie” was ignored for a Best Animated Feature nomination, and actor David Oyelowo was shut out of the Oscars, who has been widely praised for his performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in “Selma”. Director of “Selma”, Ava DuVernay, who was nominated for a Globe, did not receive a nomination, which could have made her the first black female director to do so in Oscar history. The film did make the list of Best Picture nominees, and rapper Common and singer John Legend scored a nomination for best song.
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