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The 2015 Oscar nominations were announced last week. Now that your rage over the snubbing of The Lego Movie has hopefully subsided at least a little, let’s take a moment to get to know some of the nominees. Here are some things you might not know about this year’s movies and the people behind them.
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) was the voice of Gary on Saturday Night Live’s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” cartoons. Stephen Colbert voiced Ace.
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) has been sober since 2004.
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) announced his engagement the old-fashioned way, in the Times newspaper.
Michael Keaton (Birdman) was born Michael Douglas. While he uses a stage name– there was already a Michael Douglas in the acting union, of course– he never legally changed his name to Keaton.
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) was in the same graduating class as Prince William at Eton College.
Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night) has done extensive work with Greenpeace for the last decade.
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is unusually well-rounded. She plays the piano and the cello, and speaks French and German (and English, obviously).
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) graduated from Wadham College, Oxford in 2006, with Second-class Honors, upper division in English.
Julianne Moore (Still Alice) put off some important milestones. She learned to swim at age 26 and drive at 27.
Reese Witherspoon (Wild) could have been a 90s a scream queen. She turned down the lead roles in both Scream and Urban Legend.
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) is currently dating Ashley Olsen (as in sister to Mary-Kate).
Richard Linklater (Boyhood) has been a vegetarian since his 20s.
Morten Tyldum made his English language film debut with The Imitation Game.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) is the first Mexican director to his work nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel) was named the next Martin Scorsese by Martin Scorsese in an Esquire magazine interview.
Boyhood was a last-minute title. Original working titles included The Twelve-Year Project and The Twelve-Year Movie, before Richard Linklater finally settled on 12 Years. But with the popularity of 12 Years a Slave, he was concerned about confusion and changed the title to Boyhood.
American Sniper was originally intended for Star Lord. Initially, Bradley Cooper bought the rights to the book with plans to cast Chris Pratt in the lead and produce the project himself.
Michael Keaton doesn’t relate to Birdman. Despite the obvious comparisons being drawn between him and his character, Keaton has said Riggan is the least similar to himself of any character he’s ever played.
The Imitation Game comes with actual games. The film’s website (theimitationgamemovie.com) has some of Alan Turing’s actual crossword puzzles available to solve.
The Grand Budapest Hotel paid more attention to detail than most movies. Unlike in most films, all the prop newspapers had full stories detailing the events of the headlines.
Selma couldn’t use any of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. Due to copyright issues, new speeches had to be written in their place.
The Theory of Everything got Stephen Hawking himself to lend his voice. Hawking lent not only his copyrighted synthetic voice to the film, but also his Medal of Freedom and his actual signed thesis. Here are a few more Hawking facts.
Whiplash left J.K. Simmons with two cracked ribs. When Miles Teller tackled Simmons in a scene, things apparently got a little out of hand.