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The Oscars (2015) Poster

(2015 TV Special)

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Two films received nine nominations; Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Edward Norton stars in both films and both were produced by Fox Searchlight.
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Best Actor nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne both played Stephen Hawking (Cumberbatch in Hawking (2004), Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (2014) (for which he was also nominated)). Best Supporting Actor nominees Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo both played Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Norton in The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Ruffalo in The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)).
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Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch and Alan Turing (the character he portrays in his Oscar-nominated performance) are actually related in real-life. According to the family history site Ancestry, the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century. Both are said to be related to John Beaufort, the first Earl of Somerset, through Cumberbatch and Turing's respective paternal lines. This means that for the first time, a performer is nominated for portraying a known real-life relative since Katharine Hepburn won for her performance in The Lion in Winter (1968).
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Bradley Cooper received a third consecutive Oscar nomination for American Sniper (2014). He was first nominated two years prior for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and then for American Hustle (2013) (both directed by David O. Russell).
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Meryl Streep's nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role marked her 19th acting nomination, increasing her record for most acting nominations.
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American Sniper (2014) grossed as much money as all of the other Best Picture nominees put together.
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Neil Patrick Harris confirmed to his fans that he was hosting through Twitter in which he posted a video of him crossing "Host the Oscars" off of his bucket list.
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First Academy Awards since The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) with no "shut-outs" for the Best Picture nominees. Every single film nominated for Best Picture received at least one Oscar.
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With her Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night (2014) Marion Cotillard became one of six performers with multiple Oscar nominations for foreign language films; the others are Marcello Mastroianni (Italian), Sophia Loren (Italian), Liv Ullmann (Swedish), Javier Bardem (Spanish) and Isabelle Adjani (French). Both of Cotillard's nominations (she won for La Vie en Rose (2007)) were for performances in French.
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Robert Duvall became the oldest male acting nominee in Oscar history. Previously, Hal Holbrook held this distinction.
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Fox Searchlight was the most successful studio at the Oscars, in the terms of nominees. They had both of the top-nominated films in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) plus two nods for Wild (2014).
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Julianne Moore is the first actress in 62 years to win 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' while being in her fifties.
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Three of the four acting winners - Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, and Leading Actor Eddie Redmayne - were first-time nominees.
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The domestic box-office total of all the Best Picture nominees at the time of nomination were revealed was $201 million. That's the lowest since the field expanded past five nominees.
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In a somewhat uncommon instance, Foxcatcher (2014) received a nomination for Best Director but not Best Picture. This was the first time this occurred since the 2007 ceremony, in which Julian Schnabel was nominated for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), and the first time since the AMPAS began to allow for more than five Best Picture nominees in 2009.
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The two short films that won an Oscar on the evening, the fiction piece The Phone Call (2013) and the documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013), were both about a suicide hotline.
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Soon after the nominations were released on January 15, 2015, a huge public uproar occurred when it was realized that all twenty acting nominees were Caucasian, while none of the Best Picture nominees had a female character at its center.
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Bennett Miller's Oscar nomination marks the first time since the expansion of the Best Picture category to a possible 10 nominated films in 2010, that a director receives a Best Director nomination for a film that is not also nominated for Best Picture (Foxcatcher (2014)).
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In the Costume Design category, of the five nominees four were previous Oscar winners: Milena Canonero (3 Oscars), Colleen Atwood (3 Oscars), Mark Bridges (1 Oscar) and Jacqueline Durran (1 Oscar). Anna B. Sheppard received her third nomination.
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Internet backlash came after the nominations were announced when the critically and commercially successful film The Lego Movie (2014) wasn't nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.
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Patricia Arquette's comment on gender inequality, during Oscar acceptance speech for Boyhood (2014), instantly made her viral as the millions of people watching the telecast at home weighed in. Women's groups say that the only times they have seen more buzz around the topic of income disparity was when Lilly Ledbetter, the activist who sued Goodyear for paying her less than male counterparts, addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2012 and when Barack Obama took up the mantle of equal pay in State of the Union address in 2015.
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Best Director win, follows Alfonso Cuarón's Best Director win the previous year. They are the only Mexicans to win in this category.
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Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne are the only "Best Leading Role" duo to ever have played mother and son previous to their win in the same year. They co-starred in Savage Grace (2007).
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Best Actres and Best Actor winners Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne appeared in sci-fi films Seventh Son (2014) and Jupiter Ascending (2015) coincidently opening in the early days of February 2015, in which both actors played the movie's main villain and which both were box-office failures.
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Ellen DeGeneres was asked to host after hosting the year prior, but declined.
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Patricia Arquette's Oscar win came the week before her series CSI: Cyber (2015) premiered.
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The Theory of Everything (2014) was the only film to earn nominations for both Leading Actor and Leading Actress.
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LGBT website Queerty had to run a correction after it called Best Adapted Screenplay winner Graham Moore a "queen", and his acceptance speech "the gayest and greatest moment" at the Oscars after Moore told reporters backstage that he does not identify as homosexual, and his speech was not in reference to sexual preference.
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