‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest’ top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 87th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, California, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The nominees announced Thursday morning are: "American Sniper," ''Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," ''Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," ''The Imitation Game," ''Selma," "The Theory of Everything," and "Whiplash."

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture.

"The Imitation Game" trailed close behind with eight nominations. Clint Eastwood's Navy SEAL drama "American Sniper" did especially well, landing six nods including best actor for Bradley Cooper.

Also with six nominations was Richard Linklater's coming-of-age epic "Boyhood," which remains the best-picture favorite.

Last year's Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade. "12 Years a Slave" took best picture. This year's ceremony will be Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and broadcast live on ABC.