5 Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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The 2015 Oscar nominations are out, and people are already talking about who was left off the list.

"Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" tied with the most nominations at nine. "The Imitation Game" received eight. "Boyhood," which had a strong showing at Sunday's Golden Globes, was also showered with honors, including best picture.

In all, Academy voters selected eight best picture nominees.

But, as always, there were a number of snubs and surprises. See if you agree with the list:

Best Actress Shakeup

In a year of strong performances by women, this category was bound to be up for grabs. Amy Adams, who took home a Golden Globe on Sunday for best actress in a comedy or musical for her portrayal of painter Margaret Keane, failed to get an Oscar nom. So did Jennifer Aniston, who has been lauded for her performance as a woman dealing with chronic pain in "Cake" and was thought to have a shot at her first nomination.

Instead, previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard scored a nomination for her portrayal of a woman racing to save her job in the Belgium film "Two Days, One Night." She was joined by Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, who took home the Globe in the best actress in a drama category and remains the favorite.

Oyelowo Out, Cooper In

David Oyelowo has been widely praised for his performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in "Selma" and had even earned a Golden Globe nomination, but he was shut out of the Oscars this year, leaving no people of color in the acting categories. Just as surprising was the fact that director Ava DuVernay, who was nominated for a Globe, did not receive a nomination, which would have made her the first black female director to do so in Oscar history. The film did make the list of best picture nominees, and rapper Common and singer John Legend, who are still celebrating their win at Sunday's Globe awards, scored a nom for best song.

In place of Oyelowo, "American Sniper" star Bradley Cooper joined the field of best actor nominees, along with Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Globe winners Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," which had been shut out of the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards, also earned Oscar nominations for best screenplay and best picture.

Angelina Jolie Shut Out

Even though the Academy could have nominated up to 10 movies in the best picture category, Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" failed to make the list. But, unlike the Globes, where it was completely shut out, her World War II prisoner of war biopic managed to earn nominations for cinematography and sound mixing.

Wes Anderson Is Grand

Perhaps its Golden Globes win for best comedy or musical gave Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" the momentum it needed. The film has crossed over from art-house darling to Academy favorite, tying the equally offbeat "Birdman" for the most nominations, including best picture, screenplay, directing and cinematography.

Everything Is Not Awesome

How could the Academy overlook one of the biggest animated features of the year?

Despite being a commercial hit and receiving rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination, "The Lego Movie" failed to score an Oscar nom in the best animated feature category. At least, it grabbed a nomination for best original song for "Everything Is Awesome."

Director Phillip Lord handled the snub with humor.