The Oscars Can’t Ignore Bradley Cooper or American Sniper

Award season is in full swing. Just as we had almost recovered from Sunday’s Golden Globes, it’s time to place your Oscar bets.

Bradley Cooper and American Sniper benefit from the film’s recent momentum and strong theater performance. Cooper earned his third straight Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s latest, edging out Best Actor hopefuls David Oyelowo (Selma) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler). We know you’re a big shot now, Brad. But we’ll always think of you from that stint on Jack & Bobby. Marion Cotillard snuck into the Best Actress category for Twos Days, One Night, ending Jennifer Aniston’s magical run and making us wonder if we really need see Cake.

Selma received nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song, but director Ava Duvernay and Oyelowo were surprisingly shut out. (Get that cry face ready, Chrissy Teigen!) Oh, and while you were sleeping, the Queen Meryl Streep scored her 19th Oscar nomination. That’s all.

Take a look at the rest of the major categories, below.

Best Picture
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Benett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Check out this year’s Oscar hopefuls weigh in on the most deserving performances.

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