Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” each picked up nine Oscar nominations Thursday morning, with “The Imitation Game” scoring eight. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and Austin favorite Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” had six each.
The best picture nominees are “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.”
In addition to best picture, “Boyhood” picked up nods for best director, best editing (for editor Sandra Adair), best supporting actor for Ethan Hawke, best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette and best original screenplay.
UT graduate and Houston native Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” picked up nods for best picture, director, cinematography, costume design, editing, makeup/hairstyling, original score, production design and original screenplay.
Which means that Linklater and Anderson are direct competitors for director and screenplay, and their films are direct competitors for best picture and editing.
Both “Boyhood” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” were big parts of SXSW 2014; Linklater interviewed Anderson and hosted a Q and A with him after the latter screened.
Tthe 2015 Oscars will be broadcast live Feb. 22 on ABC hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.