Oscars 2015: 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top nominations

Oscars 2015: 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top nominations

“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” led the list of the 87th annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday morning, with nine nominations apiece. “The Imitation Game” scored eight; two extraordinarily contrasting portraits of Texans, “American Sniper” and “Boyhood,” followed with six Oscar nominations each.

The snubs? “Life Itself,” Steve James’ widely praised documentary on the life and career of film critic Roger Ebert, went un-nominated, though another Chicago-derived project, “Finding Vivian Maier,” received a documentary nomination. “The Lego Movie” got blanked in the feature animation category.

The 11th-hour ascendancy of “American Sniper,” directed by an...