Today is the day, folks! The Golden Globes aired the other day, the BAFTAs will be taking place soon too but, it's that time of year again, today, the nominations have arrived for the big ones... THE OSCARS!

This afternoon, whilst Neil Patrick Harris was busying sharpening up his dance moves and swag for the Oscars, J.J Abrams and a few others hosted the award announcements to reveal the frontrunners of this year's ceremony, celebrating another successful year of film, and there's some interesting nominations in the list.

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman are both leading with nine nominations, with The Imitation Game close behind with eight and Boyhood and American Sniper following with six.  There are lots of good nods here and it just highlights how incredible a year 2014 was, for film - the best actor category is SO strong, for example.

There were a few major surprising disappointments too though as Gone Girl and Selma were pretty much ignored and where was Jennifer Aniston's nomination for Cake or Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler? It also didn't get a nom for best picture which I thought was wrong. Tut, tut. However, it's the fact that The Lego Movie didn't get nominated for Best Animated Feature that really caught people off guard, breaking our hearts into a million little brick pieces.

Of course, don't forget to tune in to the event on Sunday, February 22nd. Neill Patrick Harris will be hosting the wonderful award ceremony, from Beverly Hills. The stars will align and all sorts of talent will be getting all glammed up as we celebrate another beautiful year of film in a night, which is always a blast.

Here are the nominations, in full, below:

Best Picture

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything

Best Director

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

Foreign Language Film

Wild Tales

Best Cinematography

Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman
Ida, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything

Original Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Animated Feature

Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Song Of The Sea
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

Visual Effects

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Guardians Of The Galaxy
X:Men: Days Of Future Past

Film Editing

American Sniper
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into The Woods
Mr. Turner

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Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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