The film awards season kicked into high gear this morning following the announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominees. As always, the Broadway community is heartily represented among the list of Oscar contenders.
Birdman, the Broadway-centric film about a washed-up movie star taking his shot at the stage, leads the field alongside The Grand Budapest Hotel with nine nominations each. Current Cabaret star Emma Stone is among Birdman's list of nominees (for Best Supporting Actress). Luckily, her Broadway run ends February 15 — a week before the February 22 awards ceremony — so that's one less conflict she'll have to worry about.
Stone finds herself in a category with Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), who is set to make her Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin in October, as well as three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, who earns her 19th nomination for her supporting role as the Witch in Disney's Into the Woods. The movie musical earned a modest three nominations (Costume and Production Design are the other two nominated categories), but it could give Streep her fourth win. She'll return to the awards ceremony with a stage-to-screen role for the second consecutive year, following her 2013 Best Actress nomination for August: Osage County.
Broadway's Elephant Man star, Bradley Cooper, made the list as a Best Actor nominee for American Sniper alongside Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (Red), who was nominated for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Julianne Moore, who starred in the 2006 Broadway play The Vertical Hour, also earned a Best Actress nomination for Still Alice, and Tony nomineess Mark Ruffalo (Awake and Sing!) and Ethan Hawke (Macbeth) made it to the Best Supporting Actor category for their performances in Foxcatcher and Boyhood, respectively.
The biggest surprise of this morning's announcements, however, was the shocking exclusion of The Lego Movie from the Best Animated Feature category. Sadly, we think the snub sufficiently kills any chance for a Broadway musical adaptation.
To read the complete list of 2015 Oscar nominees, click here.