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American Sniper

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.                                                                         

This film is rated R.

 

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Best Picture
    Film Editing
    Sound Editing
    Sound Mixing
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begin Again

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British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend. While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan. Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated R.

 

Nominated for:
    Music (Original Song)

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Lights

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The story of Noni, the music world's latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

This film is rated PG-13.

 

Nominated for:
    Music (Original Song)

 

 

 

 

 

Big Hero 6

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Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
   Animated Feature Film

 

 

 

 

 

Birdman

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A dark comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.                                                                                                                                                

 

This film is rated R.

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Best Picture
    Cinematography
    Directing
    Sound Editing
    Sound Mixing
    Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

The Boxtrolls

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A community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher, comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light", where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
    Animated Feature Film

 

 

 

 

Boyhood

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A groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason, who ages from six to eighteen years old on screen.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated R.

 

 

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Best Picture
    Directing
    Film Editing
    Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Captain America: The winter Soldier

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Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. 

This film is rated PG-13.

 

Nominated for:
    Visual Effects

 

 

 

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of thedevastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

Nominated for:
    Visual Effects

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Vivian Maier

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Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.  

 

This film is rated PG.                                                                                                                                              

 

Nominated for:
    Documentary Feature

 

 

 

 

 

Foxcatcher

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The dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.                                                                                                                                                

 

 

This film is rated R.

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Directing
    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Gone Girl

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On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated R.

 

Nominated for:
    Actress in a Leading Role

 

 

 

 

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, thelobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated R.

 

Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    Cinematography
    Costume Design
    Directing
    Film Editing
    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Music (Original Score)
    Production Design
    Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG-13.

 

Nominated for:
    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Visual Effects

 

 

 

 

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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The epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and childrenof Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG-13.

 

Nominated for:
    Sound Editing

 

 

 

 

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races, Hiccup and Toothless journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.                                                                                                                                                

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
    Animated Feature Film

 

 

 

 

Ida

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A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.                                                                                                                                                

 

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

Nominated for:
    Cinematography
    Foreign Language Film

 

 

 

 

 

The Imitation Game

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During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality. Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing.

 

This film is rated PG-13.

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Best Picture
    Directing
    Film Editing
    Music (Original Score)
    Production Design
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Inherent Vice

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Private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.

This film is rated R.

 

 

 

Nominated for:
    Costume Design
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Interstellar

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With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

Nominated for:
    Music (Original Score)
    Production Design
    Sound Editing
    Sound Mixing
    Visual Effects

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Woods

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From the director of CHICAGO and the producer of WICKED comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture INTO THE WOODS.

Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch's curse.

With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
    Actress in a Supporting Role
    Costume Design
    Production Design

 

 

 

 

 

The Judge

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Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

This film is rated R.

 

 

Nominated for:
  Actor in a Supporting Role

 

 

 

 

 

Last Days in Vietnam

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In the final weeks of the Vietnam War, American servicemen and others begin the difficult mission of evacuating as many friends, family members and South Vietnamese collaborators as possible before Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese.

 

 

 

 

Nominated for:
 Documentary Feature

 

 

 

 

 

The LEGO Movie

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Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
   Music (Original Song)

 

 

 

 

 

Maleficent

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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows,Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom, and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

This film is rated PG.

 

Nominated for:
   Costume Design

 

 

 

 

 

Nightcrawler

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A young crime journalist becomes too close to the stories he's following, becoming a participant and a star in his own writing.

This film is rated R.

 

 

Nominated for:
   Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

 

Selma

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

Nominated for:
    Best Picture
    Music (Original Song)

 

 

 

 

 

Song of the Sea

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When Saoirse and Ben's mother mysteriously disappears into the ocean, the two children go on an epic journey to find out the truth about her, and in the process, discover mystical secrets about both their mother and Saoirse herself.

This film is rated PG.

 

 

Nominated for:
   Animated Feature Film

 

 

 

 

 

Still Alice

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Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

Nominated for:
   Actress in a Leading Role

 

 

 

 

 

The Theory of Everything

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Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of; time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

Nominated for:
    Actor in a Leading Role
    Actress in a Leading Role
    Best Picture
    Music (Original Score)
    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

Unbroken

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Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

Nominated for:
   Cinematography
   Sound Editing
   Sound Mixing

 

 

 

 

 

Whiplash

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Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band.

This film is rated R.

 

 

Nominated for:
   Actor in a Supporting Role
   Best Picture
   Film Editing
   Sound Mixing
   Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

 

 

 

Wild

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A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

This film is rated R.

 

 

 

 

Nominated for:
   Actress in a Leading Role
   Actress in a Supporting Role
   

 

 

 

 

 

X-men: Days of Future Past

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past; to save our future.

This film is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

Nominated for:
   Visual Effects