'Birdman,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' lead Oscar nominees
Each movie received a total of nine Academy Award nominations.
Beverly Hills, Calif. — Show business satire "Birdman" and colorful caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" led the Academy Awards nominees on Thursday with nine nods apiece, including best picture, in the quest for Hollywood's top film prize.
The other best picture nominees are "American Sniper," "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything" and "Whiplash." The Academy chose only eight films, although it can nominate up to 10.
British World War Two biopic "The Imitation Game" garnered eight nominations, including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, while Iraq war portrait "American Sniper" and Golden Globe winner for best drama, "Boyhood," each earned six.