Date: 16th January 2015

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscars race.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the race for this year's Oscars with nine nominations each.

The Imitation Game, Boyhood and American Sniper also have multiple nominations.

There was good news for British actors as Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Rosamund Pike, Felicity Jones and Keira Knightley are all nominated.

Up against Cumberbatch and Redmayne for best actor are Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Michael Keaton.

Cumberbatch, who plays codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, said he was "knocked for six" by the nomination.

"So excited and honoured to receive this recognition," he said.

"It's wonderful to be included by the Academy in this exceptional year of performances. To ring my parents, who are both actors, and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life."

Fresh his Golden Globe win on Sunday, Eddie Redmayne, again nominated for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, told the BBC how he heard the news in Los Angeles.

"It's the crack of dawn and I've gone from being in a deep dark sleep to hearing this news. I can't quite articulate what I'm feeling but I feel pretty good".

He played down any rivalry with his "old friend" Benedict Cumberbatch, calling him a "lovely, wondrous, human being".

"We've been texting this morning and there have been a lot of exclamation marks of euphoria so there's definitely no competition there," he said

Source: Press Release



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