‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Birdman’ lead Academy Award nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Meryl Streep win acting nods

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and black comedy Birdman are the leading contenders for the 87th Academy Awards after notching up nine nominations each.

The Imitation Game, a biopic of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, is right behind with eight nominations. All three films will compete for the prestigious Best Picture prize against American Sniper, Boyhood, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Best Actor for his performance as Turing in The Imitation Game, and faces competition from fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne, who is honoured for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Birdman‘s Michael Keaton, Foxcatcher‘s Steve Carell and American Sniper‘s Bradley Cooper round off the Best Actor nominees.

Meanwhile, British actresses Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) will compete against Wild‘s Reese Witherspoon, Two Days, One Night‘s Marion Cotillard and Still Alice‘s Julianne Moore – the bookies’ favourite – for the Best Actress prize.

Meryl Streep extends her record number of Oscar nominations to 19 after earning a Best Supporting Actress nod for her performance as the Witch in Disney’s Into the Woods. Her competition for the gong includes Keira Knightley, who is recognised for her work in The Imitation Game.

Whiplash‘s JK Simmons and Foxcatcher‘s Mark Ruffalo are among those nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya are all shortlisted for the Animated Feature prize.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on February 22. In the meantime, check out the full list of nominations here.