This year the expected winner has won. Patricia Arquette was nominated for her work in “Boyhood,” starring alongside Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke. The film was directed by Richard Linklater, who also wrote the script to the film.
Laura Dern earned a nomination for “Wild,” a film that starred Reese Witherspoon which was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The story was based on the memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”.
Keira Knightley was nominated for her highly-acclaimed work on “The Imitation Game,” which she starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Goode. The film was directed by Morten Tyldum, working off a screenplay by Graham Moore, from the original book written by Andrew Hodges.
Emma Stone was nominated for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), she starred alongside Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton. The film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The Oscar Queen herself, Meryl Streep, was nominated for the musical “Into the Woods”. The film was directed by Rob Marshall, based off the screenplay written by James Lapine. Streep shared the screen with Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.