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Oscar nominations 2015: 'American Sniper' comes out of hiding

Until Thursday, "Boyhood" and "Birdman" have dominated the awards season, and the two films pulled in a total of 15 Oscar nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.

But it was "American Sniper" that stunned with its surprisingly strong showing, garnering six nominations including best film and an acting nomination for Bradley Cooper. It sneaked up on the competition, injecting a new element of intrigue just as the awards season hits its most crucial stretch in the race for Oscar glory.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film about the late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has only been in limited release since the end of December, and is set to go nationwide Friday. It was shut out of the Golden Globe nominations, but has been gaining momentum with industry nominations, including nods from the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America.

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Rounding out the eight best picture nominees are “The Grand Budapest Hotel, ” “Selma, ” “The Imitation Game, ” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.” The academy could have nominated up to 10 films in the best picture category but chose to nominate only eight.

“Birdman” and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" tied with the most nominations, pulling in nine apiece. “The Imitation Game” followed with eight nods. Tying with "American Sniper" was "Boyhood, " a coming-of-age story shot over a 12-year period which has been this season’s front-runner, receiving the lion's share of critics' honors and the Golden Globe for best picture Sunday night.

Though “Selma” – the historical drama about Martin Luther King Jr. – received a best picture nomination, its only other nomination was for original song. The film’s director, Ava DuVernay, could have made history as the first African American woman to be nominated in this category.

Best director nominees include Richard Linklater for “Boyhood, ” Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “Birdman, ” Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel, ” Bennett Miller for "Foxcatcher" and Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game." Notably missing from the list was Eastwood.

Actress JOAN CRAWFORD Signed Rare Original 1947 Movie POSSESSED Promotional 8x10 Black and White Photograph PSA/DNA Authentic Auto B&W Photo (d.1977) Pictured with Van Heflin Crime Drama Film Noir
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  • PSA/DNA Certified Signature
  • Rarely seen image to find signed
  • Legendary Oscar-winning Actress who was voted number 10 on AFI s list of the All-Time Greatest Female Stars
  • Won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the 1945 movie Mildred Pierce
  • Other well-known roles in movies that include Untamed, Grand Hotel, Dancing Lady, The Women, Love on theRun, & Strange Cargo
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