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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

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

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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